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Looking for a method to backup, copy, export the registry. Setting a system restore point will work to.

I'd like it to be AutoIT; however, a third party utility will be considered as well.

It would be nice to have a simple function or UDF to complete this task.

All ideas are welcome.

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use the supplied windows backup tool... can backup the system-state


What about Windows without using AutoIt ?It would be the same as driving a car without an steering Wheel!

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Well you can use this command :

_RunDos("Regedit /e backup.reg") to backup

_RunDos("Regedit /s backup.reg") to restore

that's the only weak known method

If you want to make something really special you should use some of these dllcalls :


advapi32.dll :








Kernel32.dll :




many someone else that has more experience can figure out how to make use of these dllcalls.

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Found this free utility capable of backing and restoring the regsitry the real way


Hope this will help you.


bah. IMHO autoit forum is for autoit solutions. here's is a little gui based on your first, better suggestion.

#include <GUIConstants.au3>
#Include <process.au3>
GUICreate("Registry Backup/Restore",200,100)
$ex = GUICtrlCreateRadio("Export Registry",-1,-1,100)
$bu = GUICtrlCreateRadio("Backup Registry",-1,20,100)
while 1

Func CLOSEClicked()

Func ExportIt()
if fileexists("C:\reg\backup.reg") then
    _RunDos("Regedit /e c:\reg\backup.reg")
if fileexists("C:\reg\backup.reg") then
    msgbox(0,"Done","Registry Successfully Exported")
    msgbox(0,"Done","Export appears to have failed, last backup was saved to 'C:\reg\backup.old'")
func Oops()
    _RunDos("Regedit /s backup.reg")
    msgbox(0,"Done","Information from 'C:\Reg\Backup.reg' has been added to the registry.")

that code assumes that your switches for regedit are accurate

--tested and found a couple of errors, fixed them, still getting system error that registry info could not be re-added. that may be because of permissions on my work computer though.

Edited by cameronsdad

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ShellExecute("Regedit", " /e Locationbackup.reg") to backup
ShellExecute("Regedit ", "/s Locationbackup.reg") to restore

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Seriously doubt anyone in this thread would still need this information 8 years later. Not to mention, most of them haven't logged in here in several years.

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