The registry is an incredibly important component of Windows and whether you are using a tweaking tool to do the hard work for you or you are editing the registry by hand, it is important that you have a backup in place in case anything should go wrong. Registry Backup from Tweaking.com is a free tool that can be used to manually or automatically backup your registry so it can be restored if needed.
The program can be used to back up the registry as a whole, or you can choose to only back up the hives and branches you are going to be working with. The actual backup process is very quick and simple, and the same can be said of the restoration procedure.
There are not too many settings that you need to concern yourself with, but if you find that you are having problems creating backups with a regular user account, you can opt to elevate the program to run under a system account. You can also opt to create automatic backup by making use of Windows’ Task Scheduler, and to reduce the amount of drive space you need to set aside, older backups can be deleted after a certain number of days.
There is also a portable version of the program available and this is a great option if you work with multiple computers. It enables you to easily store all of the backups for your various computers in one place and easily use the software in Safe Mode or on system that have problem installing new applications. Whether you opt to use the regular or portable version, you have a powerfultool on your hands.
Version 1.9.0 changes:
- Fixed bug where a log file would be created on the root of the drive when doing a restore instead of the proper backup folder.
- Fixed bug where if the program had trouble pulling the computer name for the backup path it would fail to make the path.
- Redid the backup process when using the fall back method. Before it would only backup registry files that where loaded because the Windows API only allowed that. The program will now try to do a straight file copy of registry files that are not loaded instead of skipping them.
- Also changed it to where if the API call fails on a loaded registry file it will try a file copy after. This is helpful when a registry file was loaded at the startup of the program but unloaded before the backup started.
- Added new option to the restore section where you can have the computer auto reboot or shutdown after restoring the registry. If the options are not chosen the program will now ask you if you would like to reboot after doing a restore.