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Chapter 3. The Registry > Restoring a Corrupted Registry

3.4. Restoring a Corrupted Registry

There are several ways to restore a corrupted Registry. The appropriate method depends on how serious the problem is and how diligent you've been about keeping backups. Naturally, you'll want to consider the restoration process when deciding on a backup procedure.[6]

[6] It reminds me of a compression utility that was released a number of years ago, intended to replace the popular ZIP format. While the compression statistics were impressive (archives were reported to be 1/100th the size of the original data files), less impressive was the complete inability to retrieve any of the original files after they had been compressed.

Details aside, restoring a corrupted Registry essentially involves copying your backup over the Registry files in use, replacing the damaged hives with good ones. However, the more backups you restore, the more recent settings will be overwritten with old information; how old the backups are depends solely on how often you back up. Duplicating a dozen files every Thursday suddenly doesn't seem like such a waste of time.


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