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You need periodically backup you registry (preferably daily; those are small backups). There are several method to do this:
Scanreg does not come with windows 2000 but free Windows 2000 Resource Kit Tools has several useful registry related utilities including two specifically designed for backup and restore
REGBack: Registry Backup - Registry Backup (RegBack) is a tool for backing up the Windows Registry to files without use of a tape drive. RegBack allows you to back up Registry hives while the system is running and has the hive files open.
REGFind: RegFind is a command-line tool with which you can search the Windows 2000 registry for arbitrary data, key names, or value names and optionally replace any of these with new values.
REGINI: Registry Change by Script - This tool uses character-based batch files to add keys to the Windows 2000 registry by specifying a registry script.
REGRest: Registry Restoration - Registry Restoration (RegRest) restores Registry hive files from backups created by RegBack.
Dureg: Registry Size Estimator - Shows how much data is stored in the registry, or in any registry subtree, key, or subkey.
Windows 98 and Windows 2003 have this utility called Windows Registry Checker (scanreg.exe). It can be back ported from Windows 2003 to windows XP, but not to Windows 2000. It creates a backup of system files and registry configuration information (including user account information, protocol bindings, software program settings, and user preferences) BTW "The Last Known Good Configuration" is the same thing as scanreg /fix. It restores the previous registry. See also How to back up, edit, and restore the registry in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
Files that Windows Registry Checker backs up include:
You need to customize the configuration file C:\Windows\Scanreg.ini to benefit from this capability. The Scanreg.ini file contains the entries that determine how the Registry Checker tool makes backup copies of your registry. Edit the x values of the settings below.
NOTE: When you restore a registry backup using Registry Checker for MS- DOS (scanreg), only the five earliest backups are displayed.
There are several useful articles about using Scanreg.exe or Scanregw.exe:
How to backup the Windows XP Registry Method 1: Using System Restore
One way to backup the registry is to create a System Restore snapshot. System Restore returns your computer to a previous snapshot without losing recent personal information, such as documents, history lists, favorites, or e-mail. It monitors the computer and many applications for changes and creates restore points. You restore these snapshots when your configuration isn't working. This method is unreliable in case you want to rollback the registry changes made a longtime ago, in which case the System Restore might have purged that particular restore point - due to space constraints or due to a recent system restore point or even a Restore point corruption. Please remember, System Restore points get deleted for many reasons, making it unreliable, especially in the long run.
For more help, see : Creating a System Restore point and Using System Restore to Undo Changes if Problems Occur
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