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    Win2K Registry

    What files make up the Win2K registry? Where are they located?

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    Re: Win2K Registry

    You could probably fill your own library with books that have been written about the registry - I suspect it may not be as straightforward as you think.

    Start with MSKB 256986 - Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry.

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    Re: Win2K Registry

    Leif:

    No question the registry is more than a mouthful...

    What I was/am hoping is the the "basic" registry might be contained in 1/2/3 files ( a la 95 &98 with System and User dats) that could be "quick copied" for emergencies...
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    Re: Win2K Registry

    It's actually contained in five files: SYSTEM, SECURITY, SAM, DEFAULT, and SOFTWARE. These live in the %windir%SYSTEM32Config directory.

    Rather than going to the trouble of booting into the Recovery Console, which is the only way you'll be able to copy them since they're in use while Windows is running, try a System State backup, which includes these files. Granted, in order to use the System State backup you need to be able to get into Windows to begin with, but let's hope it never gets that hosed.
    -Mark

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    Re: Win2K Registry

    MarK:

    I just did a System State backup... it took 136 megs...

    Have you ever seen or looked at WinRescue 2000 (http://www.superwin.com [Ray Geide])?

    I used the Win95/98 versions for several years now, and they have saved me moe than once.. point is: the WK2000 version of same, when it does a backup of Win2k, creates totals files of 16.2 megs in 17 files... I can see part of what's missing, but cannot determine the risk/reward trade here.

    System State files you are probably well aware of... the WinRes files are:

    7.22.2003 4:29p <DIR> .
    7.22.2003 4:29p <DIR> ..
    12.07.1999 5:00a 438 autoexec.nt
    6.19.2003 12:05p 236,304 cmd.exe
    6.19.2003 12:05p 50,620 command.com
    7.21.2003 10:00a 2,577 config.nt
    7.22.2003 4:30p 180,224 default
    7.22.2003 4:30p 20,480 SAM
    7.22.2003 4:29p 28,672 SECURITY
    7.22.2003 4:30p 12,587,008 software
    7.22.2003 4:30p 2,506,752 system
    7.21.2003 9:51p 227 system.ini
    7.22.2003 4:30p 902 user.ini
    7.22.2003 4:30p 1,052,672 user0
    7.22.2003 4:30p 8,192 user1
    7.21.2003 9:51p 604 win.ini
    16,675,672 bytes in 14 files and 2 dirs 16,736,256 bytes allocated

    Obviously there is a great time/space variance...

    Any help here?

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    Re: Win2K Registry

    A System State backup stores more than just the registry.

    Of the 14 files listed, the ones without extension form the backup of the registry itself: DEFAULT, SAM, SECURITY, SOFTWARE, SYSTEM (general), USER0 and USER1 (user-specific).

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    Re: Win2K Registry

    Hans:

    That makes sense... but where do the "userxx" files come from?

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    Re: Win2K Registry

    There is a file corresponding to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER tree for each user account registered on the computer. One of them will be for the Administrator account, the others for other users.

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    Re: Win2K Registry

    Hans:

    Now it all seems pretty clear...

    But now it makes me wonder (knowing that the 'more is better' rule always works...) just like in the 9x Windows version, you could back up just the registry... knowing that this wasn't really *all* the files, but rather a basic minimal skeleton. So why not in Win2000 too...

    These 19 or so files selected in WinRescue would serve as "base" in time of crisis, leaving of course loose ends, but getting you back up none the less...

    16 or so megs is a LOT more practical than 135+ on a daily or so basis...

    Yes? No?

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    Re: Win2K Registry

    Hi Chuck,

    In many cases, the registry backup will be sufficient.

    You can read about the contents of the System State in System State data. It contains some links, and double clicking on any technical term will show a popup definition.

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    Re: Win2K Registry

    Hns:

    Much obliged... thanks.

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