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Backing up your Registry with TCRB

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Backing up your Registry with TCRB

Unread postby Gary R » January 23rd, 2013, 12:35 pm

Tweaking.com Registry Backup

Tweaking.com Registry Backup (TCRB) is a tool created to enable you to quickly make a backup of your Registry, it is suitable for use on both the 32 Bit and 64 bit versions of the following Operating Systems ...

  • Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10

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  • Double click on ... tweaking.com_registry_backup_setup.exe ... to install the program.

How to use TCRB ...

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Backing up your Registry with TCRB

Unread postby Gary R » January 23rd, 2013, 12:36 pm

Creating a Backup

  • Double click the Tweaking.com Registry Backup icon ... Image ... on your Desktop to open the program.
  • It should open with the Backup Registry tab selected and all options checked (see below).

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  • Click on Backup Now to create a backup of your Registry.
  • While the backup is being created you will see a screen similar to the one below ...

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  • When completed you should see a message saying something like ... Successful 12/12 Registry Files Backed Up ... (the number of files may vary)

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  • This means you have successfully backed up your Registry, and you can now exit out of the program.


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Backing up your Registry with TCRB

Unread postby Gary R » January 24th, 2013, 6:29 am

Restoring from a Backup when your computer is able to boot

This is the preferred method for restoring your Registry if your computer is able to boot, and you need to restore to one of your backups ...

  • Launch TCRB by clicking on its icon ... Image
  • Click on the Restore Registry tab, to see the screen below ...

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  • Click on the drop down button beside the Select backup to Restore box, to reveal the backups that are available.
  • Click on your backup of choice to select it.
  • You should now be presented with a screen similar to below ...

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  • Click on the Restore Now key.
  • You will now be presented with the following prompt ...

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  • Click Yes and TCRB will start to restore to the backup, showing a screen similar to the one below ...

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  • When finished you should get a screen saying something like ... Successful 12/12 Registry Files Restored ... (the number of files may vary)


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  • You should also get a prompt box like the one below ...

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  • Click on the OK button.
  • Now reboot your computer to complete the restore.


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Backing up your Registry with TCRB

Unread postby Gary R » January 27th, 2013, 3:33 pm

Restoring from a backup when your computer is unable to boot

(This method is not available in Windows XP)

There are times when changes made to your Registry may cause it to be unbootable, in which case having a "clean" copy of your Registry that you can restore to, is a valuable recovery aid.

However, since your computer won't start, you may ask ... "How do I restore a backup if I can't boot my computer?" ... and the answer is you access it through the Recovery Environment, which is a special start mode that can be accessed in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

The method for accessing Recovery Environment (RE) is different for each OS Type, so I've given details for how to access RE and restore a backup for each version of Windows ...



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Backing up your Registry with TCRB

Unread postby Gary R » January 28th, 2013, 8:03 am

Vista

  • Change the Bios boot order so that the computer boots from the CD/DVD drive first. (see Here for details)
  • Insert the Vista installation disk.
  • Restart the computer.
  • When booting to a Windows setup CD/DVD you may be prompted with a message to press a key to boot to the disc. Press any key on the keyboard while the message is on the screen, otherwise the computer will try to boot from the next item in the Bios list (usually the hard drive).
  • The computer should now boot from the CD/DVD.
  • Enter the language, time etc and click next, you should see a screen similar to the one below ...

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  • Click on Repair your computer.
  • Choose the Operating System to repair and click Next, you should now see the screen below ...

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  • Take note of what drive Recovery Environment sees the Operating System on. RE sometimes sees drive allocations differently to how they are in Normal Mode, so it's important that you know which drive RE thinks your OS is on. It can be found at the top of the System Recovery Options window.
  • Click on the Command Prompt button to open a Command Window which will display ... X:\Windows\system32 >
  • Enter the drive letter for the OS, then enter a semicolon, then hit the return key. (in this example the OS is on D drive) which will return ... D:\>
  • Enter ... cd RegBackup ... then hit the return key.
  • Enter ... dir ... then hit the return key, which will bring up a display similar to the one below ...

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  • In the list produced, you are looking for a directory (folder) with the name of your computer (in this case it's GARYR-PC, yours will be different)
  • Enter ... cd GaryR-PC (replace this with the appropriate name on your computer) then hit the return key ...
  • Enter ... dir then hit the return key ... which will bring up a display similar to the one below ...

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  • You're now looking for a directory with a name made up of numbers, which represent the day, month, year and hour, minute, second that you made a backup. (in this example it's 27.01.2013_17.05.27)
  • Enter ... cd 27.01.2013_17.05.27 (replace this with the appropriate folder name from your computer) then hit the return key ...
  • Enter ... dir then hit the return key ... to bring up a display similar to the one below ...

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  • Enter ... dos_restore.cmd then hit the return key.
  • This will start the Registry restore process.
  • A number of commands will display rapidly on the screen, as TC Registry Backup restores your Registry settings.
  • When finished you will see a couple of command lines similar to the ones below ...

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  • Enter Exit then hit the return key.
  • This will return you to the System Recovery Options window.
  • Click on the Restart button to reboot your computer and complete the restore process.


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Unread postby Gary R » January 29th, 2013, 5:49 am

Windows 7

  • Restart your computer and press F8 repeatedly until the Advanced Options Menu appears.
  • Select Repair your computer.
  • Select Language and click Next
  • Enter password (if necessary) and click OK, you should now see the screen below ...

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  • Take note of what drive Recovery Environment sees the Operating System on. RE sometimes sees drive allocations differently to how they are in Normal Mode, so it's important that you know which drive RE thinks your OS is on. It can be found at the top of the System Recovery Options window.
  • Click on the Command Prompt button to open a Command Window which will display ... X:\Windows\system32 >
  • Enter the drive letter for the OS, then enter a semicolon, then hit the return key. (in this example the OS is on D drive) which will return ... D:\>
  • Enter ... cd RegBackup ... then hit the return key.
  • Enter ... dir ... then hit the return key, which will bring up a display similar to the one below ...

Image

  • In the list produced, you are looking for a directory (folder) with the name of your computer (in this case it's GARYR-PC, yours will be different)
  • Enter ... cd GaryR-PC (replace this with the appropriate name on your computer) then hit the return key ...
  • Enter ... dir then hit the return key ... which will bring up a display similar to the one below ...

Image

  • You're now looking for a directory with a name made up of numbers, which represent the day, month, year and hour, minute, second that you made a backup. (in this example it's 27.01.2013_17.05.27)
  • Enter ... cd 27.01.2013_17.05.27 (replace this with the appropriate folder name from your computer) then hit the return key ...
  • Enter ... dir then hit the return key ... to bring up a display similar to the one below ...

Image

  • Enter ... dos_restore.cmd then hit the return key.
  • This will start the Registry restore process.
  • A number of commands will display rapidly on the screen, as TC Registry Backup restores your Registry settings.
  • When finished you will see a couple of command lines similar to the ones below ...

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  • Enter Exit then hit the return key.
  • This will return you to the System Recovery Options window.
  • Click on the Restart button to reboot your computer and complete the restore process.


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Unread postby Gary R » January 29th, 2013, 6:46 am

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

  • Hold down your Shift key, and keep it held down while you Restart your computer.
  • You should now see the screen below ...

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  • Select Troubleshoot to see the screen below ...

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  • Select Advanced Options to see the screen below ...

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  • Click on the Command Prompt button to open a Command Window similar to the one below which will display ... X:\Windows\system32 >
  • Enter the drive letter for the OS, then enter a semicolon, then hit the return key. (in this example the OS is on D drive) which will return ... D:\>
  • Enter ... cd RegBackup ... then hit the return key.
  • Enter ... dir ... then hit the return key, which will bring up a display similar to the one below ...

Image

  • In the list produced, you are looking for a directory (folder) with the name of your computer (in this case it's GARYR-PC, yours will be different)
  • Enter ... cd GaryR-PC (replace this with the appropriate name on your computer) then hit the return key ...
  • Enter ... dir then hit the return key ... which will bring up a display similar to the one below ...

Image

  • You're now looking for a directory with a name made up of numbers, which represent the day, month, year and hour, minute, second that you made a backup. (in this example it's 27.01.2013_17.05.27)
  • Enter ... cd 27.01.2013_17.05.27 (replace this with the appropriate folder name from your computer) then hit the return key ...
  • Enter ... dir then hit the return key ... to bring up a display similar to the one below ...

Image

  • Enter ... dos_restore.cmd then hit the return key.
  • This will start the Registry restore process.
  • A number of commands will display rapidly on the screen, as TC Registry Backup restores your Registry settings.
  • When finished you will see a couple of command lines similar to the ones below ...

Image

  • Enter Exit then hit the return key.
  • This will return you to the System Recovery Options window.
  • Click on the Restart button to reboot your computer and complete the restore process.


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