acronis 10 able to restore registry?

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  1. wawago

    wawago Registered Member

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    Hi I have acronis 10 with a complete disk image of my c drive where XP resides. I am able to retrieve individual file/folder or restore the whole image. My question is would I be able to retrieve certain registry key from the backup using acronis 10? If yes, how? Thanks

    James
     
  2. TheQuest

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    Hi, wawago

    Welcome to Wilders.

    I have never seen that ask before, but if you can find the Registry from with in the Image and save it some how? :blink: , you will be most of the way done. :eek:

    Take Care,
    TheQuest :cool:
     
  3. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    This can be done. Sort of. Why would you want to do this rather than restore a good image?

    Mount your TI image. Open Regedit, click Help and look for Hives, loading into Registry.

    Basically you select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (or HKEY_USERS), click File, Load Hive, navigate to your Mounted image, find Documents and Settings, All Users. Open NTUser.dat. Name the key. Explore your new key.
    Unload the Hive when you are finished.
     
  4. shieber

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    Note folks, that the registry not a single file but comprises serveral. I believe the Reg info is stored in:

    c:\WINDOWS\system32\config\SECURITY
    c:\WINDOWS\system32\config\software
    c:\WINDOWS\system32\config\system
    c:\WINDOWS\system32\config\default
    c:\WINDOWS\system32\config\SAM
    c:\Documents and Settings\NetworkService\Local Settings\Application
    Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat
    c:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\ntuser.dat
    c:\Documents and Settings\[username]\NTUSER.DAT
    c:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application
    Data\Microsoft\Windows\UsrClass.dat

    Which is why it's easier to use regedit or some other registry manager than to fiddle with the hives individually.

    If you want to restore a few registry settings after a minor change and not much time has elapsed, it's best to have first run regedit and exported the registry settings to a file. Then when you need to restore, reverse the process and import that file. This should only be done after very few changes to system so that you don't end up changing settings that shouldn't be changed given the current software on the system. Otherwise your best bet is to use System Restore to go back to a restore previously saved restore point ensure that the registry settings will match the software.

    Or go whole hog and do a disk image restore with ATI, which would include all the software and the registry settings from that were in place when the image was saved.

    Never muck with the windows registry unless you know what the effects of a change will be. One wrong move can wreak havoc and have you finally reaching your sweaty shaking hand for the ATI Boot Recovery disk.

    Good luck,
     
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