How to Backup Registry w/OEM

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I have an OEM version of Windows and want to back up my registry. Every
site I've visited instructs me to insert the Windows CD, which of
course, I don't have. What I do have is a set of seven recovery disks
that HP reluctantly sent to me after I called repeatedly....TIA

HP Pavilion
WinXP Home w/SP2
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    In article <27576-4225EAA5-43@storefull-3112.bay.webtv.net>,
    martymkm@webtv.net says...
    > I have an OEM version of Windows and want to back up my registry. Every
    > site I've visited instructs me to insert the Windows CD, which of
    > course, I don't have. What I do have is a set of seven recovery disks
    > that HP reluctantly sent to me after I called repeatedly....TIA
    >
    > HP Pavilion
    > WinXP Home w/SP2
    >
    >
    I use ernt. It backs up the registry and makes it easy to restore. I use
    it before I install anything. it takes about 10 seconds.
    You can get it here.
    http://home.t-online.de/home/lars.hederer/erunt/

    They also have a utility (both free) that optimizes the registry. It
    does it in a safe and unique way. It rewrites the whole thing thus
    eliminating fragments. New files aren't fragmented. Anyway after a
    reboot it renames the new restored registry.
    For what it's worth.
    Dave
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Are you saying that you have a preinstalled version of Windows? (There are
    OEM cd's which are genuine Windows cd's but say on them "For installation on
    a new computer only.") System Restore backs up the registry (Start>All
    Programs>Accessories). If you are using XP Pro you have Backup at
    Start>All_Programs>Accessories>System Tools and you can back up the System
    State. You did not say whether you have Home or Pro. If you are using
    Home, you can get Backup at
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm#backup_home

    --
    Colin Barnhorst [MVP Windows - Virtual Machine]
    (Reply to the group only unless otherwise requested)
    <martymkm@webtv.net> wrote in message
    news:27576-4225EAA5-43@storefull-3112.bay.webtv.net...
    >I have an OEM version of Windows and want to back up my registry. Every
    > site I've visited instructs me to insert the Windows CD, which of
    > course, I don't have. What I do have is a set of seven recovery disks
    > that HP reluctantly sent to me after I called repeatedly....TIA
    >
    > HP Pavilion
    > WinXP Home w/SP2
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Yes, windows came pre-installed. (pc is only a few months old) When I
    inquired as to not having any installation cd HP informed me that
    windows XP was already installed on a hidden partition, and that I
    didn't need a CD....
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    That is true, but then you can only restore the original hard disk image,
    thus losing what you have now. What I don't understand is what you are
    specifically doing that causes your computer to ask for the cd. What step
    do you perform that causes this message?

    Backing up the registry is as easy as this:

    Start>Run and then type REGEDIT in the Open box and click OK. The Registry
    Editor appears. On the File menu choose Export... and an Export Registry
    File requestor appears with the cursor on File Name. Give the file a name
    and click OK. Note that it will save to My Documents, but you can save
    wherever you want by browsing in the usual way.

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    Colin Barnhorst [MVP Windows - Virtual Machine]
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    <martymkm@webtv.net> wrote in message
    news:25281-42260F55-87@storefull-3113.bay.webtv.net...
    > Yes, windows came pre-installed. (pc is only a few months old) When I
    > inquired as to not having any installation cd HP informed me that
    > windows XP was already installed on a hidden partition, and that I
    > didn't need a CD....
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    I like to have a plain old Windows hologrammed cd for the times the system
    asks for the Windows cd (very rare) so I don't buy a computer without one or
    I buy a bare bones system and build it up myself, including a retail copy of
    XP Pro. In many cases, when the system asks for a Windows cd, any XP cd (of
    the same type as on your computer) will suffice.

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    Colin Barnhorst [MVP Windows - Virtual Machine]
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    "Colin Barnhorst" <colinbarharst(nojunk)@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:%23e7AZ91HFHA.156@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > That is true, but then you can only restore the original hard disk image,
    > thus losing what you have now. What I don't understand is what you are
    > specifically doing that causes your computer to ask for the cd. What step
    > do you perform that causes this message?
    >
    > Backing up the registry is as easy as this:
    >
    > Start>Run and then type REGEDIT in the Open box and click OK. The
    > Registry Editor appears. On the File menu choose Export... and an Export
    > Registry File requestor appears with the cursor on File Name. Give the
    > file a name and click OK. Note that it will save to My Documents, but you
    > can save wherever you want by browsing in the usual way.
    >
    > --
    > Colin Barnhorst [MVP Windows - Virtual Machine]
    > (Reply to the group only unless otherwise requested)
    > <martymkm@webtv.net> wrote in message
    > news:25281-42260F55-87@storefull-3113.bay.webtv.net...
    >> Yes, windows came pre-installed. (pc is only a few months old) When I
    >> inquired as to not having any installation cd HP informed me that
    >> windows XP was already installed on a hidden partition, and that I
    >> didn't need a CD....
    >>
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Thanks Colin. Exporting it is just what I wanted, done deal. Ahem,
    speaking of done deals, I would not have bought this pc if I had known
    about the no disk, hidden partition scenario. Oh well, live and learn,
    but thank goodness for gun laws....
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Glad you are on your way. Good luck.

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    Colin Barnhorst [MVP Windows - Virtual Machine]
    (Reply to the group only unless otherwise requested)
    <martymkm@webtv.net> wrote in message
    news:25282-42265216-62@storefull-3113.bay.webtv.net...
    > Thanks Colin. Exporting it is just what I wanted, done deal. Ahem,
    > speaking of done deals, I would not have bought this pc if I had known
    > about the no disk, hidden partition scenario. Oh well, live and learn,
    > but thank goodness for gun laws....
    >
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    martymkm@webtv.net wrote:
    > I have an OEM version of Windows and want to back up my registry. Every
    > site I've visited instructs me to insert the Windows CD, which of
    > course, I don't have. What I do have is a set of seven recovery disks
    > that HP reluctantly sent to me after I called repeatedly....TIA
    >
    > HP Pavilion
    > WinXP Home w/SP2
    >


    You don't need an installation CD to back up your registry. In
    Regedit, click File > Export.

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  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Use ERUNT:
    http://home.t-online.de/home/lars.hederer/erunt/


    --
    Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Shell/User
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org


    <martymkm@webtv.net> wrote in message
    news:27576-4225EAA5-43@storefull-3112.bay.webtv.net...
    >I have an OEM version of Windows and want to back up my registry. Every
    > site I've visited instructs me to insert the Windows CD, which of
    > course, I don't have. What I do have is a set of seven recovery disks
    > that HP reluctantly sent to me after I called repeatedly....TIA
    >
    > HP Pavilion
    > WinXP Home w/SP2
    >
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