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I use Windows XP Home SP2. I've been using CCleaner for a week now, and I'm finally done installing all my things and I have a clean registry according to CCleaner. Windows was running fine too. And then I decided that since my registry was clean that I'd make a backup. So I ran regedit and exported the registry file. I restart and Windows won't get into the log on screen. I restart with my last good configuration and don't make a registry backup.

Is this a problem with my registry or regedit? Do you suggest that I not make a backup of the registry?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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You say "exported the registry file

Did you export the key?


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I'm not sure...

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I'm pretty unsure about how to back up the registry. I opened regedit, went to File -> Export -> Saved as a .reg.

That's all I did. What did I do wrong???

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So I ran regedit and exported the registry file.

I'm not so sure you're on the correct track. May I suggest some reading concerning the ''Registry Editor'' in this link and also ''Restore'' in this one.
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Oh, I think I get it...

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I exported the entire registry in regedit, something Windows doesn't recommend. Apparently, the export function should only be used for smaller parts of the registry, not the entire one.

I was able to restore my computer to the last good configuration. I cleaned the registry again and there seems to be no problems. Are there any suggestions as to how I should back up my current computer state, seeing how it is pretty good now with no apparent problems???

Thanks for all the help!

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Highly recommended, has saved me more than once. Does a daily auto reg backup. You can use it to create a backup prior to any changes. Search the forums for discussions. It's free besides. Read the included "tips" before using.

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System Restore works well for me

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If you use WIndow's System Restore feature it works pretty well. You can create Restore Points whenever you want, and this backs-up the registry and other important files, (eg the System files), and settings, and if you have a problem, you can restore to one of the backups you created.

Have a look at your own help menu, Start > Help & Support, type in System Restore, and see what it says.

The System Restore utility is also available from the first Help page displayed.


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re: SysRestore

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If you haven't tried Erunt, give it a shot. It has saved me when SysRestore and Norton GoBack failed. The autobackup feature alone, makes it worth having. Plus it uses little resources except backup folders which you can delete manually or automatically with program.

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also if a problem happened b4 your created restore point, the thread which links the restore points, will retain the problem. I always disable SysRestore, b4 running Erunt, SysRestore is automatically enabled after the reboot. I will always try Norton GoBack and SysRestore first, then Erunt.

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I'm going to do this:

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I'm going to start using Windows Restore Points as well as running ERUNT at startup to create a backup of the registry. Thanks for all the help and suggestions.

Just one quick question:

Is it ok to delete the ERUNT files after a while. For example, if ERUNT has created a backup every day for the last week, and the last day, the computer was running fine. Would it be ok to delete the ERUNT backup files except for the last one? (They take up 30 MB it'll build up after awhile...)

Thanks a lot. Oh yea, how often do you suggest I make restore points?

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I delete whenever I feel everything is secure, mine are using 26mb. I have created my own folder in Erunt where I have saved a few good backups from a month or so ago. I leave myself a note,in the folder,of why they are good or why I used them in the past. I also keep a written log on my real desk.
I create my own Erunt(eg...c:\windows\erdnt\4-22-2006 b4 install program X) (erunt will ask to create such folder) and SysRestore points b4 any changes of significance or paranoia, or both. I also have Norton GoBack and that is the first tool I go to.

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Make bootable cd to complement ERUNT

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I use ERUNT and swear by it. I was attacked by a virus that disabled my restore function (they almost always do) so ERUNT saved the day. The virus caused numerous soft boots. ERUNT works from Windows, Windows in safe mode. If you are locked out of safe mode by something that has attacked the booting process, a bootable CD can be a lifesaver. Bart's PE (Bart's Preinstalled Environment) is a small utility that allow you to produce a bootable CD from your own XP system, which boots to Windows from the CD. Unless your boot files have been corrupted, running ERUNT from there can restore your registry to a good one and get you back up and running enough to run malware checkers and remove the pest. I keep a recent image of my system produced by Acronis True Image as the ultimate last resort for a system disaster. Get Bart PE here:

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I'll do that

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I printed out the Documentation from ERUNT which explains what to do in case of a severe registry problem (they also recommend Bart's PE). I currently have a set list of things to do once a week:

-Create Restore Point
-Norton Antivirus
-SpyBlaster Update
-ERUNT (if I know my registry is pretty safe)

I also do regular backups to my USB drive and external harddrive. I shouldn't have too many problems, right? (I also use ZoneAlarm) Considering that this is all freeware, I'm relatively well protected. Thanks for the ERUNT suggestion, that will probably save my tail more than once in the future!

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