Hoping I can get some guidance on restoring registry backups via command line. I'm planning on using this backup procedure
but have some questions, & the author doesn't provide contact info for support, so can't ask him.
1. First off, just questions about files to back up. The author discusses the various registry hives and their physical locations in the Windows 7 installation, but there are two that his procedure doesn't back up: BCD-Template and C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\NTUSER.DAT. There are so many NTUSER.DATs running around that I assume this one is a redundant copy of another that is
getting backed up--but if I'm wrong and it should be backed up, I'd be most grateful if someone could please let me know. And what about BCD-Template? Some poking around on the web revealed that it's supposed to help you reset the BCD store if your boot setup goes south, or so I gather (if I'm wrong, happy to be corrected). So how come this procedure doesn't back it up? Is it just really never necessary and therefore not very important?
2. the author offers thorough documentation of his backup procedure but includes no directions for restoring
those backups, which he recommends to be done via command line in the windows 7 repair environment via F8 at startup. However, I'd like to avoid the cumbersome 5-to-10-minute wait time of the attempted repair that the repair environment foists upon you whether you want it or not (or, if using the original installation disk, loading all those files) before you finally get to the command line. So I'm hoping that a DOS stick with ntfs4dos (or maybe WiNToBootic
) would also allow me to execute these file replacements--but thought I'd ask before going through the effort to dedicate a special stick to it. I know small ones are dirt cheap these days, but I'll still need to go buy one, and would rather avoid it if possible.
3. I'm also not sure how to restore one of the files, BCD, which supposedly resides on the "System Reserved" partition in a folder named "Boot." When I booted to the Windows 7 repair environment (F8 plus the forced wait while Windows insisted on trying to "repair" a healthy system), once I got to the command line I was able to access the System Reserved partition but the DIR
command showed neither files nor folders. ATTRIB
showed only files (bootmgr, bootsect.bak, SSEZO, wedaolu), no Boot folder; furthermore, when I ran ATTRIB -h
, the command wouldn't work--I got the message, "Not resetting system file" for each one, and still no sign of a subdirectory named "Boot." I do have faith that it exists, but how does one get to it in order to overwrite the possibly-corrupt BCD file with the backup?