How to REALLY backup the Windows Registry

Written by Stephen Bucaro

Reprintable Article: Permission is granted forrepparttar following article to forward, reprint, distribute, use for ezine, newsletter, website, offer as free bonus or part of a product for sale as long as no changes are made andrepparttar 107857 byline, copyright, and resource box is included. ---------------------------------------------------------- How to REALLY backuprepparttar 107858 Windows Registry

By Stephen Bucaro

In Windows 3.x configuration information was stored in human readable text files like win.ini, system.ini, config.sys, and autoexec.bat. But that method of storing configuration was inadequate to store configuration forrepparttar 107859 enormous amount of bloat Microsoft put into Windows 95 and higher.

In Windows 95 and higher, configuration information is stored inrepparttar 107860 "registry". The word "registry" rarely appears without being accompanied byrepparttar 107861 word "warning", and a vague description of how your computer will go up in smoke if you even think about messing withrepparttar 107862 registry.

The registry is bloated and overcomplicated, but since it isrepparttar 107863 central repository for almost all of Windows configuration information, you will probably have to deal with it sooner or later. In fact, if you ever requirerepparttar 107864 assistance of a support technician,repparttar 107865 first thing they will instruct you to do is open registry editor.

It is perfectly safe for you to work withrepparttar 107866 registry, provided that you back it up first (and you know how to restore it). Windows automatically creates a backup ofrepparttar 107867 registry every time you start your computer. But when you are making configuration changes, you usually have to reboot your computer several times, possibly writing bad data torepparttar 107868 backup.

To make your own backup ofrepparttar 107869 registry, start your system with your startup floppy disk. (If you canít find your startup disk, userepparttar 107870 Add/Remove utility in Control Panel to make a new one. Place a copy ofrepparttar 107871 file attrib.exe fromrepparttar 107872 c:windowscommand folder onrepparttar 107873 disk.)

After you start your system with your startup disk, use DOS to change torepparttar 107874 C:WINDOWS directory (type c: then cd windows). Then carefully type inrepparttar 107875 following DOS commands.

Don't Upgrade Operating Systems!

Written by Paulina Roe

If you want to upgrade to a higher level of operating system, as in, if you have Windows 98 but want Windows ME - it is highly recommended that you buy a full version ofrepparttar system you want. The version of 98 you have now may have errors on it, for whatever reason (perhaps too many "hard" shutdowns where you didn't close out your windows first, or a corrupted file, etc.), and these will not be fixed up or go away with an upgrade. Instead, some things could get worse.

When you only install an upgrade, it's typically called a "dirty install" - that is becauserepparttar 107856 previous errors remain inrepparttar 107857 system. Even if you just installed Windows 98 new and then immediately upgraded, you will still find that there are probably errors that will come up. The only way to definitely get rid ofrepparttar 107858 errors is to formatrepparttar 107859 hard drive and installrepparttar 107860 full operating system. This leaves you susceptible to losing a lot of data, even if you fully back up.

Your best bet is to userepparttar 107861 operating system you have. If you are really wanting to upgrade, first back up all your data, and get your disks for all software, drivers and such (your drivers for modem, printer, plug & play - everything), and be ready to deal with some hassle. When you back up - back uprepparttar 107862 registry files too - you can lose a lot of information and operating needs if you don't take all this into account.

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