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backing up registry

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Jo-Anne, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer. I'd
    like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came across
    a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a Restore
    point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?

    Thank you!

    Jo-Anne
     
  2. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Flightless Bird

    Jo-Anne wrote:
    > I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer. I'd
    > like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came
    > across
    > a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a Restore
    > point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?
    >
    > Thank you!
    >
    > Jo-Anne


    Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the registry,
    too).
     
  3. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Jo-Anne wrote:
    >> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer. I'd
    >> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came
    >> across
    >> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    >> Restore
    >> point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?
    >>
    >> Thank you!
    >>
    >> Jo-Anne

    >
    > Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    > registry, too).
    >

    Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with the
    registry...

    Jo-Anne
     
  4. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Flightless Bird

    Jo-Anne wrote:
    > "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    > news:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer. I'd
    >>> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came
    >>> across
    >>> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    >>> Restore point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?
    >>>
    >>> Thank you!
    >>>
    >>> Jo-Anne

    >>
    >> Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    >> registry, too).
    >>

    > Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with the
    > registry...
    >
    > Jo-Anne


    OK.
    Just keep in mind that it doesn't replace a image or clone backup, but it
    does backup the registry and some other important files.

    I don't have the links at my fingertips that describe System Restore (and
    I'm on dial-up), but you can find plenty of them. :)
     
  5. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jan 10, 1:50 am, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    > "Bill in Co." <not_really_h...@earthlink.net> wrote in messagenews:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...> Jo-Anne wrote:
    > >> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer. I'd
    > >> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came
    > >> across
    > >> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    > >> Restore
    > >> point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?

    >
    > >> Thank you!

    >
    > >> Jo-Anne

    >
    > > Sure.  More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    > > registry, too).

    >
    > Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with the
    > registry...
    >
    > Jo-Anne


    Making a RP is a good idea, but what if you make your changes and the
    changes keep your system from booting if you wanted to use the RP?
    What would you do?

    There is no undo or quit without saving when using regedit and if you
    ever hear somebody saying "oops...", that could be a problem.

    Here is a tool that just does the registry which will make emergency
    registry recovery a little easier if you need it. I use it
    (sometimes) when I am about to make registry changes that I will not
    remember how to undo them if something goes wrong.

    Before making any changes to your registry, back it up with this free
    popular just the registry tool:

    http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

    Recovering just the registry from an RP on an unbootable system can be
    done, but it is a little awkward, requires a genuine bootable XP
    installation CD or a bootable Recovery Console CD.

    I would not put all my faith in a Restore Point until you have never
    used one to test your mechanism. Test your process from end to end to
    make sure you can create a RP on demand when you want, reboot with no
    changes and then restore to the RP you made previously and reboot
    again. Does everything work?

    Make a RP
    Reboot
    Restore
    Reboot
    Good?

    If all is good, you will have some confidence about making the changes
    since you know you can undo them if you need to (a psychological good
    feeling).

    Finding out SR doesn't work when you need it is not the right time to
    receive this information!

    Here is one of many articles about SR from MS about SR:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/getstarted/ballew_03may19.mspx
     
  6. someone watching

    someone watching Flightless Bird

    I second Jose's recommendation of ERUNT. Best registry backup (only) utility
    I've ever found. Saved me time and time and time again!
     
  7. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:%23HqOAFdkKHA.2188@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Jo-Anne wrote:
    >> "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >> news:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>>> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer.
    >>>> I'd
    >>>> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came
    >>>> across
    >>>> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    >>>> Restore point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?
    >>>>
    >>>> Thank you!
    >>>>
    >>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>
    >>> Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    >>> registry, too).
    >>>

    >> Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with the
    >> registry...
    >>
    >> Jo-Anne

    >
    > OK.
    > Just keep in mind that it doesn't replace a image or clone backup, but it
    > does backup the registry and some other important files.
    >
    > I don't have the links at my fingertips that describe System Restore (and
    > I'm on dial-up), but you can find plenty of them. :)
    >

    Thank you again, Bill! I do have an image backup too. (Thanks to SC Tom, I
    was able to download Acronis--free--to use with my WD external hard drive.)
    However, I don't yet have a CD/DVD drive for this netbook--which means I
    probably can't boot the computer externally. I need to either buy a drive or
    install WD's software on one of my external hard drives. I believe WD has a
    program that will let the external hard drive appear to be an optical drive.
    (Of course, I don't know if one can actually boot from it.)

    Early on (a month ago) I used System Restore on this computer, and it worked
    fine. So I know it's at least functional.

    Jo-Anne
     
  8. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:2d9935e4-0ff8-41ec-b0b9-dd201578a7b1@m3g2000yqf.googlegroups.com...
    On Jan 10, 1:50 am, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    > "Bill in Co." <not_really_h...@earthlink.net> wrote in
    > messagenews:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...> Jo-Anne wrote:
    > >> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer.
    > >> I'd
    > >> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came
    > >> across
    > >> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    > >> Restore
    > >> point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?

    >
    > >> Thank you!

    >
    > >> Jo-Anne

    >
    > > Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    > > registry, too).

    >
    > Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with the
    > registry...
    >
    > Jo-Anne


    <<Making a RP is a good idea, but what if you make your changes and the
    changes keep your system from booting if you wanted to use the RP?
    What would you do?

    There is no undo or quit without saving when using regedit and if you
    ever hear somebody saying "oops...", that could be a problem.

    Here is a tool that just does the registry which will make emergency
    registry recovery a little easier if you need it. I use it
    (sometimes) when I am about to make registry changes that I will not
    remember how to undo them if something goes wrong.

    Before making any changes to your registry, back it up with this free
    popular just the registry tool:

    http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

    Recovering just the registry from an RP on an unbootable system can be
    done, but it is a little awkward, requires a genuine bootable XP
    installation CD or a bootable Recovery Console CD.

    I would not put all my faith in a Restore Point until you have never
    used one to test your mechanism. Test your process from end to end to
    make sure you can create a RP on demand when you want, reboot with no
    changes and then restore to the RP you made previously and reboot
    again. Does everything work?

    Make a RP
    Reboot
    Restore
    Reboot
    Good?

    If all is good, you will have some confidence about making the changes
    since you know you can undo them if you need to (a psychological good
    feeling).

    Finding out SR doesn't work when you need it is not the right time to
    receive this information!

    Here is one of many articles about SR from MS about SR:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/getstarted/ballew_03may19.mspx
    >>



    Thank you very much, Jose, for all this information! I will definitely get
    ERUNT for all three of my computers. Shortly after I bought this netbook, a
    month ago, I needed to do a System Restore; in fact, I did it twice, and it
    worked fine both times--so I'm reasonably comfortable about it working. I
    also have imaged the hard drive on an external hard drive with Acronis.

    My big problem is that I don't yet have an external CD/DVD drive, so I can't
    make a bootable CD. I've been dithering about what drive to buy, but I
    should just go ahead with it. Unless there's a way to make a bootable flash
    drive? Or perhaps a bootable external hard drive? (Western Digital, the
    manufacturer of my external hard drives, has some sort of software, I think,
    that makes the hard drive appear to be an optical drive.)

    Thank you again!

    Jo-Anne
     
  9. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote in message
    news:-OWFlY3hkKHA.3476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:2d9935e4-0ff8-41ec-b0b9-dd201578a7b1@m3g2000yqf.googlegroups.com...
    > On Jan 10, 1:50 am, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    >> "Bill in Co." <not_really_h...@earthlink.net> wrote in
    >> messagenews:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >> >> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer.
    >> >> I'd
    >> >> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came
    >> >> across
    >> >> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    >> >> Restore
    >> >> point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?

    >>
    >> >> Thank you!

    >>
    >> >> Jo-Anne

    >>
    >> > Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    >> > registry, too).

    >>
    >> Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with the
    >> registry...
    >>
    >> Jo-Anne

    >
    > <<Making a RP is a good idea, but what if you make your changes and the
    > changes keep your system from booting if you wanted to use the RP?
    > What would you do?
    >
    > There is no undo or quit without saving when using regedit and if you
    > ever hear somebody saying "oops...", that could be a problem.
    >
    > Here is a tool that just does the registry which will make emergency
    > registry recovery a little easier if you need it. I use it
    > (sometimes) when I am about to make registry changes that I will not
    > remember how to undo them if something goes wrong.
    >
    > Before making any changes to your registry, back it up with this free
    > popular just the registry tool:
    >
    > http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
    >
    > Recovering just the registry from an RP on an unbootable system can be
    > done, but it is a little awkward, requires a genuine bootable XP
    > installation CD or a bootable Recovery Console CD.
    >
    > I would not put all my faith in a Restore Point until you have never
    > used one to test your mechanism. Test your process from end to end to
    > make sure you can create a RP on demand when you want, reboot with no
    > changes and then restore to the RP you made previously and reboot
    > again. Does everything work?
    >
    > Make a RP
    > Reboot
    > Restore
    > Reboot
    > Good?
    >
    > If all is good, you will have some confidence about making the changes
    > since you know you can undo them if you need to (a psychological good
    > feeling).
    >
    > Finding out SR doesn't work when you need it is not the right time to
    > receive this information!
    >
    > Here is one of many articles about SR from MS about SR:
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/getstarted/ballew_03may19.mspx
    > >>

    >
    >
    > Thank you very much, Jose, for all this information! I will definitely get
    > ERUNT for all three of my computers. Shortly after I bought this netbook,
    > a month ago, I needed to do a System Restore; in fact, I did it twice, and
    > it worked fine both times--so I'm reasonably comfortable about it working.
    > I also have imaged the hard drive on an external hard drive with Acronis.
    >
    > My big problem is that I don't yet have an external CD/DVD drive, so I
    > can't make a bootable CD. I've been dithering about what drive to buy, but
    > I should just go ahead with it. Unless there's a way to make a bootable
    > flash drive? Or perhaps a bootable external hard drive? (Western Digital,
    > the manufacturer of my external hard drives, has some sort of software, I
    > think, that makes the hard drive appear to be an optical drive.)
    >
    > Thank you again!
    >
    > Jo-Anne
    >

    Addendum and query: I just installed both ERUNT and NTREGOPT on one of my
    computers and will install them on the others shortly. I set up ERUNT to
    back up the registry each time Windows is started. Is that a reasonable
    approach? (It will delete backups after 30 days.)

    Thank you!

    Jo-Anne
     
  10. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Flightless Bird

    Jo-Anne wrote:
    > "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote in message
    > news:-OWFlY3hkKHA.3476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >> news:2d9935e4-0ff8-41ec-b0b9-dd201578a7b1@m3g2000yqf.googlegroups.com...
    >> On Jan 10, 1:50 am, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    >>> "Bill in Co." <not_really_h...@earthlink.net> wrote in
    >>> messagenews:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>>>> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer.
    >>>>> I'd
    >>>>> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came
    >>>>> across
    >>>>> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    >>>>> Restore
    >>>>> point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?
    >>>
    >>>>> Thank you!
    >>>
    >>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>
    >>>> Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    >>>> registry, too).
    >>>
    >>> Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with the
    >>> registry...
    >>>
    >>> Jo-Anne

    >>
    >> <<Making a RP is a good idea, but what if you make your changes and the
    >> changes keep your system from booting if you wanted to use the RP?
    >> What would you do?
    >>
    >> There is no undo or quit without saving when using regedit and if you
    >> ever hear somebody saying "oops...", that could be a problem.
    >>
    >> Here is a tool that just does the registry which will make emergency
    >> registry recovery a little easier if you need it. I use it
    >> (sometimes) when I am about to make registry changes that I will not
    >> remember how to undo them if something goes wrong.
    >>
    >> Before making any changes to your registry, back it up with this free
    >> popular just the registry tool:
    >>
    >> http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
    >>
    >> Recovering just the registry from an RP on an unbootable system can be
    >> done, but it is a little awkward, requires a genuine bootable XP
    >> installation CD or a bootable Recovery Console CD.
    >>
    >> I would not put all my faith in a Restore Point until you have never
    >> used one to test your mechanism. Test your process from end to end to
    >> make sure you can create a RP on demand when you want, reboot with no
    >> changes and then restore to the RP you made previously and reboot
    >> again. Does everything work?
    >>
    >> Make a RP
    >> Reboot
    >> Restore
    >> Reboot
    >> Good?
    >>
    >> If all is good, you will have some confidence about making the changes
    >> since you know you can undo them if you need to (a psychological good
    >> feeling).
    >>
    >> Finding out SR doesn't work when you need it is not the right time to
    >> receive this information!
    >>
    >> Here is one of many articles about SR from MS about SR:
    >>
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/getstarted/ballew_03may19.mspx
    >>>>

    >>
    >>
    >> Thank you very much, Jose, for all this information! I will definitely
    >> get
    >> ERUNT for all three of my computers. Shortly after I bought this netbook,
    >> a month ago, I needed to do a System Restore; in fact, I did it twice,
    >> and
    >> it worked fine both times--so I'm reasonably comfortable about it
    >> working.
    >> I also have imaged the hard drive on an external hard drive with Acronis.
    >>
    >> My big problem is that I don't yet have an external CD/DVD drive, so I
    >> can't make a bootable CD. I've been dithering about what drive to buy,
    >> but
    >> I should just go ahead with it. Unless there's a way to make a bootable
    >> flash drive? Or perhaps a bootable external hard drive? (Western Digital,
    >> the manufacturer of my external hard drives, has some sort of software, I
    >> think, that makes the hard drive appear to be an optical drive.)
    >>
    >> Thank you again!
    >>
    >> Jo-Anne
    >>

    > Addendum and query: I just installed both ERUNT and NTREGOPT on one of my
    > computers and will install them on the others shortly. I set up ERUNT to
    > back up the registry each time Windows is started. Is that a reasonable
    > approach? (It will delete backups after 30 days.)
    >
    > Thank you!
    >
    > Jo-Anne


    I have ERUNT setup to automatically back up 5 days worth (I think that was
    its default setup, too, similar to SCANREG in Win98). 30 days sounds a
    bit much, and will consume a fair amount of HD space to do it. :)

    PS. I was going to mention ERUNT, but figured you had your hands full with
    SR for now, however ERUNT is really great!
     
  11. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Flightless Bird

    Jo-Anne wrote:
    > "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    > news:%23HqOAFdkKHA.2188@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>> "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>>>> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer.
    >>>>> I'd
    >>>>> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came
    >>>>> across
    >>>>> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    >>>>> Restore point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thank you!
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>
    >>>> Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    >>>> registry, too).
    >>>>
    >>> Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with the
    >>> registry...
    >>>
    >>> Jo-Anne

    >>
    >> OK.
    >> Just keep in mind that it doesn't replace a image or clone backup, but it
    >> does backup the registry and some other important files.
    >>
    >> I don't have the links at my fingertips that describe System Restore (and
    >> I'm on dial-up), but you can find plenty of them. :)
    >>

    > Thank you again, Bill! I do have an image backup too. (Thanks to SC Tom, I
    > was able to download Acronis--free--to use with my WD external hard
    > drive.)
    > However, I don't yet have a CD/DVD drive for this netbook--which means I
    > probably can't boot the computer externally.


    Keep in mind that you don't necessarily HAVE to have that option to use the
    restore option, but it is certainly desireable!

    What I mean by that is this: Should you decide you want to restore an
    image, you can simply run Acronis in Windows and use the Restore option (it
    has to reboot the computer to finish up, of course). (However, if your
    internal drive actually died, this option won't be of much use, of course
    :)

    > I need to either buy a drive or
    > install WD's software on one of my external hard drives. I believe WD has
    > a
    > program that will let the external hard drive appear to be an optical
    > drive.
    > (Of course, I don't know if one can actually boot from it.)
    >
    > Early on (a month ago) I used System Restore on this computer, and it
    > worked
    > fine. So I know it's at least functional.
    >
    > Jo-Anne
     
  12. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:-O38EmQjkKHA.1864@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Jo-Anne wrote:
    >> "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >> news:%23HqOAFdkKHA.2188@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>>> "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>>>>> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer.
    >>>>>> I'd
    >>>>>> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came
    >>>>>> across
    >>>>>> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    >>>>>> Restore point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Thank you!
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    >>>>> registry, too).
    >>>>>
    >>>> Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with the
    >>>> registry...
    >>>>
    >>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>
    >>> OK.
    >>> Just keep in mind that it doesn't replace a image or clone backup, but
    >>> it
    >>> does backup the registry and some other important files.
    >>>
    >>> I don't have the links at my fingertips that describe System Restore
    >>> (and
    >>> I'm on dial-up), but you can find plenty of them. :)
    >>>

    >> Thank you again, Bill! I do have an image backup too. (Thanks to SC Tom,
    >> I
    >> was able to download Acronis--free--to use with my WD external hard
    >> drive.)
    >> However, I don't yet have a CD/DVD drive for this netbook--which means I
    >> probably can't boot the computer externally.

    >
    > Keep in mind that you don't necessarily HAVE to have that option to use
    > the restore option, but it is certainly desireable!
    >
    > What I mean by that is this: Should you decide you want to restore an
    > image, you can simply run Acronis in Windows and use the Restore option
    > (it has to reboot the computer to finish up, of course). (However, if
    > your internal drive actually died, this option won't be of much use, of
    > course :)
    >
    >> I need to either buy a drive or
    >> install WD's software on one of my external hard drives. I believe WD has
    >> a
    >> program that will let the external hard drive appear to be an optical
    >> drive.
    >> (Of course, I don't know if one can actually boot from it.)
    >>
    >> Early on (a month ago) I used System Restore on this computer, and it
    >> worked
    >> fine. So I know it's at least functional.
    >>
    >> Jo-Anne

    >
    >

    Thank you, Bill! I know I can restore from within Acronis. I was figuring
    the worst-case scenario--that whether because of a hard disk failure or
    something else, I couldn't get into Windows at all...

    Jo-Anne
     
  13. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:eJmQlNjkKHA.4500@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Jo-Anne wrote:
    >> "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote in message
    >> news:-OWFlY3hkKHA.3476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:2d9935e4-0ff8-41ec-b0b9-dd201578a7b1@m3g2000yqf.googlegroups.com...
    >>> On Jan 10, 1:50 am, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    >>>> "Bill in Co." <not_really_h...@earthlink.net> wrote in
    >>>> messagenews:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>>>>> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer.
    >>>>>> I'd
    >>>>>> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came
    >>>>>> across
    >>>>>> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    >>>>>> Restore
    >>>>>> point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?
    >>>>
    >>>>>> Thank you!
    >>>>
    >>>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>
    >>>>> Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    >>>>> registry, too).
    >>>>
    >>>> Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with the
    >>>> registry...
    >>>>
    >>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>
    >>> <<Making a RP is a good idea, but what if you make your changes and the
    >>> changes keep your system from booting if you wanted to use the RP?
    >>> What would you do?
    >>>
    >>> There is no undo or quit without saving when using regedit and if you
    >>> ever hear somebody saying "oops...", that could be a problem.
    >>>
    >>> Here is a tool that just does the registry which will make emergency
    >>> registry recovery a little easier if you need it. I use it
    >>> (sometimes) when I am about to make registry changes that I will not
    >>> remember how to undo them if something goes wrong.
    >>>
    >>> Before making any changes to your registry, back it up with this free
    >>> popular just the registry tool:
    >>>
    >>> http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
    >>>
    >>> Recovering just the registry from an RP on an unbootable system can be
    >>> done, but it is a little awkward, requires a genuine bootable XP
    >>> installation CD or a bootable Recovery Console CD.
    >>>
    >>> I would not put all my faith in a Restore Point until you have never
    >>> used one to test your mechanism. Test your process from end to end to
    >>> make sure you can create a RP on demand when you want, reboot with no
    >>> changes and then restore to the RP you made previously and reboot
    >>> again. Does everything work?
    >>>
    >>> Make a RP
    >>> Reboot
    >>> Restore
    >>> Reboot
    >>> Good?
    >>>
    >>> If all is good, you will have some confidence about making the changes
    >>> since you know you can undo them if you need to (a psychological good
    >>> feeling).
    >>>
    >>> Finding out SR doesn't work when you need it is not the right time to
    >>> receive this information!
    >>>
    >>> Here is one of many articles about SR from MS about SR:
    >>>
    >>> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/getstarted/ballew_03may19.mspx
    >>>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Thank you very much, Jose, for all this information! I will definitely
    >>> get
    >>> ERUNT for all three of my computers. Shortly after I bought this
    >>> netbook,
    >>> a month ago, I needed to do a System Restore; in fact, I did it twice,
    >>> and
    >>> it worked fine both times--so I'm reasonably comfortable about it
    >>> working.
    >>> I also have imaged the hard drive on an external hard drive with
    >>> Acronis.
    >>>
    >>> My big problem is that I don't yet have an external CD/DVD drive, so I
    >>> can't make a bootable CD. I've been dithering about what drive to buy,
    >>> but
    >>> I should just go ahead with it. Unless there's a way to make a bootable
    >>> flash drive? Or perhaps a bootable external hard drive? (Western
    >>> Digital,
    >>> the manufacturer of my external hard drives, has some sort of software,
    >>> I
    >>> think, that makes the hard drive appear to be an optical drive.)
    >>>
    >>> Thank you again!
    >>>
    >>> Jo-Anne
    >>>

    >> Addendum and query: I just installed both ERUNT and NTREGOPT on one of my
    >> computers and will install them on the others shortly. I set up ERUNT to
    >> back up the registry each time Windows is started. Is that a reasonable
    >> approach? (It will delete backups after 30 days.)
    >>
    >> Thank you!
    >>
    >> Jo-Anne

    >
    > I have ERUNT setup to automatically back up 5 days worth (I think that was
    > its default setup, too, similar to SCANREG in Win98). 30 days sounds a
    > bit much, and will consume a fair amount of HD space to do it. :)
    >
    > PS. I was going to mention ERUNT, but figured you had your hands full
    > with SR for now, however ERUNT is really great!
    >

    Thank you, Bill! The default when I installed it today was 30 days. I agree,
    though, that 5 sounds more reasonable. I'll check into where it can be
    changed.

    Jo-Anne
     
  14. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote in message
    news:eYaqLYjkKHA.5728@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    > news:eJmQlNjkKHA.4500@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>> "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:-OWFlY3hkKHA.3476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>> "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:2d9935e4-0ff8-41ec-b0b9-dd201578a7b1@m3g2000yqf.googlegroups.com...
    >>>> On Jan 10, 1:50 am, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    >>>>> "Bill in Co." <not_really_h...@earthlink.net> wrote in
    >>>>> messagenews:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>>>>>> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP computer.
    >>>>>>> I'd
    >>>>>>> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I came
    >>>>>>> across
    >>>>>>> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    >>>>>>> Restore
    >>>>>>> point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?
    >>>>>
    >>>>>>> Thank you!
    >>>>>
    >>>>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    >>>>>> registry, too).
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with the
    >>>>> registry...
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>
    >>>> <<Making a RP is a good idea, but what if you make your changes and the
    >>>> changes keep your system from booting if you wanted to use the RP?
    >>>> What would you do?
    >>>>
    >>>> There is no undo or quit without saving when using regedit and if you
    >>>> ever hear somebody saying "oops...", that could be a problem.
    >>>>
    >>>> Here is a tool that just does the registry which will make emergency
    >>>> registry recovery a little easier if you need it. I use it
    >>>> (sometimes) when I am about to make registry changes that I will not
    >>>> remember how to undo them if something goes wrong.
    >>>>
    >>>> Before making any changes to your registry, back it up with this free
    >>>> popular just the registry tool:
    >>>>
    >>>> http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
    >>>>
    >>>> Recovering just the registry from an RP on an unbootable system can be
    >>>> done, but it is a little awkward, requires a genuine bootable XP
    >>>> installation CD or a bootable Recovery Console CD.
    >>>>
    >>>> I would not put all my faith in a Restore Point until you have never
    >>>> used one to test your mechanism. Test your process from end to end to
    >>>> make sure you can create a RP on demand when you want, reboot with no
    >>>> changes and then restore to the RP you made previously and reboot
    >>>> again. Does everything work?
    >>>>
    >>>> Make a RP
    >>>> Reboot
    >>>> Restore
    >>>> Reboot
    >>>> Good?
    >>>>
    >>>> If all is good, you will have some confidence about making the changes
    >>>> since you know you can undo them if you need to (a psychological good
    >>>> feeling).
    >>>>
    >>>> Finding out SR doesn't work when you need it is not the right time to
    >>>> receive this information!
    >>>>
    >>>> Here is one of many articles about SR from MS about SR:
    >>>>
    >>>> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/getstarted/ballew_03may19.mspx
    >>>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Thank you very much, Jose, for all this information! I will definitely
    >>>> get
    >>>> ERUNT for all three of my computers. Shortly after I bought this
    >>>> netbook,
    >>>> a month ago, I needed to do a System Restore; in fact, I did it twice,
    >>>> and
    >>>> it worked fine both times--so I'm reasonably comfortable about it
    >>>> working.
    >>>> I also have imaged the hard drive on an external hard drive with
    >>>> Acronis.
    >>>>
    >>>> My big problem is that I don't yet have an external CD/DVD drive, so I
    >>>> can't make a bootable CD. I've been dithering about what drive to buy,
    >>>> but
    >>>> I should just go ahead with it. Unless there's a way to make a bootable
    >>>> flash drive? Or perhaps a bootable external hard drive? (Western
    >>>> Digital,
    >>>> the manufacturer of my external hard drives, has some sort of software,
    >>>> I
    >>>> think, that makes the hard drive appear to be an optical drive.)
    >>>>
    >>>> Thank you again!
    >>>>
    >>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>
    >>> Addendum and query: I just installed both ERUNT and NTREGOPT on one of
    >>> my
    >>> computers and will install them on the others shortly. I set up ERUNT to
    >>> back up the registry each time Windows is started. Is that a reasonable
    >>> approach? (It will delete backups after 30 days.)
    >>>
    >>> Thank you!
    >>>
    >>> Jo-Anne

    >>
    >> I have ERUNT setup to automatically back up 5 days worth (I think that
    >> was its default setup, too, similar to SCANREG in Win98). 30 days
    >> sounds a bit much, and will consume a fair amount of HD space to do it.
    >> :)
    >>
    >> PS. I was going to mention ERUNT, but figured you had your hands full
    >> with SR for now, however ERUNT is really great!
    >>

    > Thank you, Bill! The default when I installed it today was 30 days. I
    > agree, though, that 5 sounds more reasonable. I'll check into where it can
    > be changed.
    >
    > Jo-Anne
    >

    Addendum: I have no idea how to change the default (which definitely is 60
    days in WinXP). The README file says you can change the number of days at
    the command prompt with /days:-(number]. But what exactly do you type at the
    command prompt--before "/days:X"?

    Jo-Anne
     
  15. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote in message
    news:eF2#8jjkKHA.6096@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    <snip>
    >>

    > Addendum: I have no idea how to change the default (which definitely is 60
    > days in WinXP). The README file says you can change the number of days at
    > the command prompt with /days:-(number]. But what exactly do you type at
    > the command prompt--before "/days:X"?
    >
    > Jo-Anne


    This is the line from my shortcut that I have in my Startup folder (In
    Windows 7):

    "C:/Program Files\ERUNT\AUTOBACK.EXE" %SystemRoot%\ERDNT\AutoBackup\#Date#
    /noconfirmdelete /noprogresswindow /days:7

    Mine saves 7 day's worth and deletes the old ones daily.
    --
    SC Tom
     
  16. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Flightless Bird

    Jo-Anne wrote:
    > "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote in message
    > news:eYaqLYjkKHA.5728@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >> news:eJmQlNjkKHA.4500@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>>> "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:-OWFlY3hkKHA.3476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:2d9935e4-0ff8-41ec-b0b9-dd201578a7b1@m3g2000yqf.googlegroups.com...
    >>>>> On Jan 10, 1:50 am, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    >>>>>> "Bill in Co." <not_really_h...@earthlink.net> wrote in
    >>>>>> messagenews:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>>>>>>> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP
    >>>>>>>> computer.
    >>>>>>>> I'd
    >>>>>>>> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I
    >>>>>>>> came
    >>>>>>>> across
    >>>>>>>> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    >>>>>>>> Restore
    >>>>>>>> point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Thank you!
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    >>>>>>> registry, too).
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with
    >>>>>> the
    >>>>>> registry...
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>>
    >>>>> <<Making a RP is a good idea, but what if you make your changes and
    >>>>> the
    >>>>> changes keep your system from booting if you wanted to use the RP?
    >>>>> What would you do?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> There is no undo or quit without saving when using regedit and if you
    >>>>> ever hear somebody saying "oops...", that could be a problem.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Here is a tool that just does the registry which will make emergency
    >>>>> registry recovery a little easier if you need it. I use it
    >>>>> (sometimes) when I am about to make registry changes that I will not
    >>>>> remember how to undo them if something goes wrong.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Before making any changes to your registry, back it up with this free
    >>>>> popular just the registry tool:
    >>>>>
    >>>>> http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Recovering just the registry from an RP on an unbootable system can be
    >>>>> done, but it is a little awkward, requires a genuine bootable XP
    >>>>> installation CD or a bootable Recovery Console CD.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I would not put all my faith in a Restore Point until you have never
    >>>>> used one to test your mechanism. Test your process from end to end to
    >>>>> make sure you can create a RP on demand when you want, reboot with no
    >>>>> changes and then restore to the RP you made previously and reboot
    >>>>> again. Does everything work?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Make a RP
    >>>>> Reboot
    >>>>> Restore
    >>>>> Reboot
    >>>>> Good?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> If all is good, you will have some confidence about making the changes
    >>>>> since you know you can undo them if you need to (a psychological good
    >>>>> feeling).
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Finding out SR doesn't work when you need it is not the right time to
    >>>>> receive this information!
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Here is one of many articles about SR from MS about SR:
    >>>>>
    >>>>> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/getstarted/ballew_03may19.mspx
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thank you very much, Jose, for all this information! I will definitely
    >>>>> get
    >>>>> ERUNT for all three of my computers. Shortly after I bought this
    >>>>> netbook,
    >>>>> a month ago, I needed to do a System Restore; in fact, I did it twice,
    >>>>> and
    >>>>> it worked fine both times--so I'm reasonably comfortable about it
    >>>>> working.
    >>>>> I also have imaged the hard drive on an external hard drive with
    >>>>> Acronis.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> My big problem is that I don't yet have an external CD/DVD drive, so I
    >>>>> can't make a bootable CD. I've been dithering about what drive to buy,
    >>>>> but
    >>>>> I should just go ahead with it. Unless there's a way to make a
    >>>>> bootable
    >>>>> flash drive? Or perhaps a bootable external hard drive? (Western
    >>>>> Digital,
    >>>>> the manufacturer of my external hard drives, has some sort of
    >>>>> software,
    >>>>> I
    >>>>> think, that makes the hard drive appear to be an optical drive.)
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thank you again!
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>>
    >>>> Addendum and query: I just installed both ERUNT and NTREGOPT on one of
    >>>> my
    >>>> computers and will install them on the others shortly. I set up ERUNT
    >>>> to
    >>>> back up the registry each time Windows is started. Is that a reasonable
    >>>> approach? (It will delete backups after 30 days.)
    >>>>
    >>>> Thank you!
    >>>>
    >>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>
    >>> I have ERUNT setup to automatically back up 5 days worth (I think that
    >>> was its default setup, too, similar to SCANREG in Win98). 30 days
    >>> sounds a bit much, and will consume a fair amount of HD space to do it.
    >>> :)
    >>>
    >>> PS. I was going to mention ERUNT, but figured you had your hands full
    >>> with SR for now, however ERUNT is really great!
    >>>

    >> Thank you, Bill! The default when I installed it today was 30 days. I
    >> agree, though, that 5 sounds more reasonable. I'll check into where it
    >> can
    >> be changed.
    >>
    >> Jo-Anne
    >>

    > Addendum: I have no idea how to change the default (which definitely is 60
    > days in WinXP). The README file says you can change the number of days at
    > the command prompt with /days:-(number]. But what exactly do you type at
    > the
    > command prompt--before "/days:X"?
    >
    > Jo-Anne


    I think that is for the ERUNT.INI file, if you choose to create one. But I
    looked on my drive, and apparently didn't create that file, so I'm guessing
    that when I installed ERUNT, I configured the option during setup. Can't
    recall now.

    When you installed ERUNT, were you given a choice or option for the
    autobackup configuration during the prompts?

    One idea might be to reinstall ERUNT (or uninstall, reboot, and reinstall)
    to get that option IF you remember that was shown there. (Of course if you
    uninstall it, you'll probably lose those backups).

    Either that, or create an ERUNT.INI (text) file in Notepad, and follow the
    readme notes.
     
  17. Desmond

    Desmond Flightless Bird

  18. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Desmond" <Desmond.44lsqh@no.email.invalid> wrote in message
    news:Desmond.44lsqh@no.email.invalid...
    >
    > Also available is Erunt.
    > Which can be set to back up the Registry at start up.
    > Or used before d/loading new programs etc.
    >
    >
    > http://www.snapfiles.com/get/erunt.html
    >
    >

    Got it, Desmond! Thank you!

    Jo-Anne
     
  19. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote in message
    news:uK$jTCkkKHA.5020@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote in message
    > news:eF2#8jjkKHA.6096@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > <snip>
    >>>

    >> Addendum: I have no idea how to change the default (which definitely is
    >> 60 days in WinXP). The README file says you can change the number of days
    >> at the command prompt with /days:-(number]. But what exactly do you type
    >> at the command prompt--before "/days:X"?
    >>
    >> Jo-Anne

    >
    > This is the line from my shortcut that I have in my Startup folder (In
    > Windows 7):
    >
    > "C:/Program Files\ERUNT\AUTOBACK.EXE" %SystemRoot%\ERDNT\AutoBackup\#Date#
    > /noconfirmdelete /noprogresswindow /days:7
    >
    > Mine saves 7 day's worth and deletes the old ones daily.
    > --
    > SC Tom
    >
    >

    Looks fine, but I don't know how to create it. I can see something that
    looks like it when I run MSCONFIG, but how would I go about making the
    change so it will work in Startup. I gather from the program notes that you
    have to do this at the command prompt--which I could do if I knew the
    syntax. Or is the syntax exactly what you've typed above? If so, I'll type
    it at the command prompt and see what happens--unless that could screw
    things up badly. (Also, I gather I can't just copy and paste at the command
    prompt? I tried, and it didn't work.)

    Thank you!

    Jo-Anne
     
  20. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Flightless Bird

    "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:uuf22FkkKHA.5568@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Jo-Anne wrote:
    >> "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote in message
    >> news:eYaqLYjkKHA.5728@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> "Bill in Co." <not_really_here@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:eJmQlNjkKHA.4500@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>>>> "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:-OWFlY3hkKHA.3476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:2d9935e4-0ff8-41ec-b0b9-dd201578a7b1@m3g2000yqf.googlegroups.com...
    >>>>>> On Jan 10, 1:50 am, "Jo-Anne" <Jo-AnneATnowhere.com> wrote:
    >>>>>>> "Bill in Co." <not_really_h...@earthlink.net> wrote in
    >>>>>>> messagenews:eDSPn7bkKHA.2132@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...> Jo-Anne wrote:
    >>>>>>>>> I'm about to make a change in the registry on my new WinXP
    >>>>>>>>> computer.
    >>>>>>>>> I'd
    >>>>>>>>> like to back up the registry first. In Googling how to do it, I
    >>>>>>>>> came
    >>>>>>>>> across
    >>>>>>>>> a Microsoft knowledge base article (KB322756) that said creating a
    >>>>>>>>> Restore
    >>>>>>>>> point in System Restore would work. Is that sufficient?
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> Thank you!
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Sure. More than sufficient (i.e, it backs up a bit more than the
    >>>>>>>> registry, too).
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Thank you, Bill! This'll be my first effort at doing anything with
    >>>>>>> the
    >>>>>>> registry...
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> <<Making a RP is a good idea, but what if you make your changes and
    >>>>>> the
    >>>>>> changes keep your system from booting if you wanted to use the RP?
    >>>>>> What would you do?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> There is no undo or quit without saving when using regedit and if you
    >>>>>> ever hear somebody saying "oops...", that could be a problem.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Here is a tool that just does the registry which will make emergency
    >>>>>> registry recovery a little easier if you need it. I use it
    >>>>>> (sometimes) when I am about to make registry changes that I will not
    >>>>>> remember how to undo them if something goes wrong.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Before making any changes to your registry, back it up with this free
    >>>>>> popular just the registry tool:
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Recovering just the registry from an RP on an unbootable system can
    >>>>>> be
    >>>>>> done, but it is a little awkward, requires a genuine bootable XP
    >>>>>> installation CD or a bootable Recovery Console CD.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> I would not put all my faith in a Restore Point until you have never
    >>>>>> used one to test your mechanism. Test your process from end to end
    >>>>>> to
    >>>>>> make sure you can create a RP on demand when you want, reboot with no
    >>>>>> changes and then restore to the RP you made previously and reboot
    >>>>>> again. Does everything work?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Make a RP
    >>>>>> Reboot
    >>>>>> Restore
    >>>>>> Reboot
    >>>>>> Good?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> If all is good, you will have some confidence about making the
    >>>>>> changes
    >>>>>> since you know you can undo them if you need to (a psychological good
    >>>>>> feeling).
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Finding out SR doesn't work when you need it is not the right time to
    >>>>>> receive this information!
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Here is one of many articles about SR from MS about SR:
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/getstarted/ballew_03may19.mspx
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Thank you very much, Jose, for all this information! I will
    >>>>>> definitely
    >>>>>> get
    >>>>>> ERUNT for all three of my computers. Shortly after I bought this
    >>>>>> netbook,
    >>>>>> a month ago, I needed to do a System Restore; in fact, I did it
    >>>>>> twice,
    >>>>>> and
    >>>>>> it worked fine both times--so I'm reasonably comfortable about it
    >>>>>> working.
    >>>>>> I also have imaged the hard drive on an external hard drive with
    >>>>>> Acronis.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> My big problem is that I don't yet have an external CD/DVD drive, so
    >>>>>> I
    >>>>>> can't make a bootable CD. I've been dithering about what drive to
    >>>>>> buy,
    >>>>>> but
    >>>>>> I should just go ahead with it. Unless there's a way to make a
    >>>>>> bootable
    >>>>>> flash drive? Or perhaps a bootable external hard drive? (Western
    >>>>>> Digital,
    >>>>>> the manufacturer of my external hard drives, has some sort of
    >>>>>> software,
    >>>>>> I
    >>>>>> think, that makes the hard drive appear to be an optical drive.)
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Thank you again!
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>>>
    >>>>> Addendum and query: I just installed both ERUNT and NTREGOPT on one of
    >>>>> my
    >>>>> computers and will install them on the others shortly. I set up ERUNT
    >>>>> to
    >>>>> back up the registry each time Windows is started. Is that a
    >>>>> reasonable
    >>>>> approach? (It will delete backups after 30 days.)
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thank you!
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Jo-Anne
    >>>>
    >>>> I have ERUNT setup to automatically back up 5 days worth (I think that
    >>>> was its default setup, too, similar to SCANREG in Win98). 30 days
    >>>> sounds a bit much, and will consume a fair amount of HD space to do it.
    >>>> :)
    >>>>
    >>>> PS. I was going to mention ERUNT, but figured you had your hands full
    >>>> with SR for now, however ERUNT is really great!
    >>>>
    >>> Thank you, Bill! The default when I installed it today was 30 days. I
    >>> agree, though, that 5 sounds more reasonable. I'll check into where it
    >>> can
    >>> be changed.
    >>>
    >>> Jo-Anne
    >>>

    >> Addendum: I have no idea how to change the default (which definitely is
    >> 60
    >> days in WinXP). The README file says you can change the number of days at
    >> the command prompt with /days:-(number]. But what exactly do you type at
    >> the
    >> command prompt--before "/days:X"?
    >>
    >> Jo-Anne

    >
    > I think that is for the ERUNT.INI file, if you choose to create one. But
    > I looked on my drive, and apparently didn't create that file, so I'm
    > guessing that when I installed ERUNT, I configured the option during
    > setup. Can't recall now.
    >
    > When you installed ERUNT, were you given a choice or option for the
    > autobackup configuration during the prompts?
    >
    > One idea might be to reinstall ERUNT (or uninstall, reboot, and reinstall)
    > to get that option IF you remember that was shown there. (Of course if
    > you uninstall it, you'll probably lose those backups).
    >
    > Either that, or create an ERUNT.INI (text) file in Notepad, and follow
    > the readme notes.
    >

    Thank you, Bill! Yes, I was given a choice, but the default was 30 days, so
    I just left it at that. See the response from SC Tom about creating the
    right script. I haven't figured out how to do that...

    Jo-Anne
     

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