import ENTIRE registry

May 31, 2010 at 11:27:15
Specs: Windows XP, 2.2 GHz 512Mb 40Gb
Is it possible to import an ENTIRE registry, i.e. completely replace the existing registry; perhaps in Safe Mode?
When I try in xp sp3 I always get the following message.
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Registry Editor
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Cannot import C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\testreg.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes.
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OK
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#1
May 31, 2010 at 12:28:44
You can't transfer the registry from one computer to another.

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#2
May 31, 2010 at 15:28:12
Short answer: NO
If it were possible it would leave you with an unusable system.

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#3
May 31, 2010 at 18:31:58
Perhaps you need more info. The registry to be imported would be made on the same machine, at the start of the session in which it is found necessary to do this import. The necessity would be because the computer had become infected by a virus. So it would not trash the system, simply set it back to its state immediately preceding the infection.

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#4
May 31, 2010 at 20:22:51
that is the whole reason for restore points and backups that include system state.

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#5
June 1, 2010 at 02:53:22
Where are you importing the Registry from? Did you use a third party utility called ERUNT?

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#6
June 1, 2010 at 08:11:35
When dealing with a virus you should avoid System Restore as they usually contaminate it.

The .reg file is created at the start of the session in My Documents with a fake suffix to disguise its nature.

Thanks for the reference to Erunt, I'll check it out.


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#7
June 1, 2010 at 12:14:56
The answer to your question would be "No." Your statement "The registry to be imported would be made on the same machine, at the start of the session in which it is found necessary to do this import. The necessity would be because the computer had become infected by a virus." makes no sense....unless you plan on backing up the Registry, then IMMEIDATELY infecting the machine with a virus. Like I said, it makes no sense.

id10t


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#8
June 1, 2010 at 16:57:35
Erunt is very good indeed, provided you backup good registries regularly. If you already have a problem then it is no good to you this time because the only registry you can restore is the current one with the problem.


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#9
June 1, 2010 at 20:39:00
If you already have a problem then it is no good to you this time because the only registry you can restore is the current one with the problem.

ERDNT will restore any registry backup file which was created by Erunt..


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#10
June 2, 2010 at 08:37:37
Thank you, wahine for info re Erunt

It makes sense if you think a little, id10t.

I start the computer session by saving the registry. Later I go online and visit a site that infects my computer. The saved registry precedes the infection, and theoretically can be used to undo the virus activity in the Registry.


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#11
June 2, 2010 at 16:09:10
Wahine - re #9
Quite true, but I assumed (wrongly perhaps) that porphyry5 wanted to restore a registry NOW to cure some issue or other.

All I was therefore trying to say is that if ERUNT is installed on a machine with a problem, then initially the only registry you can save/restore is a dud. ERUNT can only help in the future when when the machine has been fixed and you then have good working registry saves available.

ERUNT is a great program and has got me around many problems. I save good registries frequently, especially after changes. In with the saves I keep a note of the installed state and dates, so I know what programs might need re-installing if I restore a saved registry. Where possible it is best to try and match the installed state of the machine to the registry you intend to restore.


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