An alternative method you can
use to backup your Windows registry is employing Windows XP's built in backup
software. By making a 'system state' backup with the utility, a copy of your
registry is made and can be restored by using the backup utility. XP
Professional users can access this utility right away, while XP Home users will
need to add it from the CD by going to (your CD drive:)\Valueadd\msft\ntbackup
and double clicking the 'NTBACKUP.MSI' file. This will start the installation
wizard for the backup program.
To backup the system state
data with Windows backup: Open the backup utility ('start\all
Choose 'backup wizard
Click through the welcome
screen and select 'only back up the system state data.'
Now select a location and name
for the backup file you are about to create. Note that the file will be saved
with the .bkf extension.
Verify that the settings are
correct on the final screen, then hit 'finish' to begin the backup
Note that backing up the
system state data saves considerably more than just the registry; it also
preserves crucial system configuration data. It does not backup your data
though. If you are looking for information on backing up your files, see our
XP data backup