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Windows 7: Possible to extract registry backup from restore point?


01 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Possible to extract registry backup from restore point?

Hi everybody, I was wondering if it is possible to extract the registry backup from a System Restore Point? In Windows XP the restore points were plain folders within the System Volume Information, but in Windows 7 they appear to be compressed into files like "{c09132a3-4131-11df-b9d7-002017c00008}{8807474b-c356-7e49-b2ae-03046e4cc752}". Is there a way to open these? I read the tutorial about extracting files from the system image vhd files in the WindowsImageBackup folder, but I think this is a different situation unless the system restore points are also vhd files?

(Background: I have a truecrypt system encryption which renders windows' own recovery function useless in the case of boot failure. So I ended up replacing the registry files manually by mounting my drive with a linux live cd w/ truecrypt. The only problem was to get hand on a working backup, so for the next time I'd like to know if I can extract the registry files from my old restore points).

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01 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

The easiest way to handle this is to install ERUNT and have it auto start when the system boots. It will make a complete backup of your registry and store it in date named folders under \Windows\ERDNT\AutoBackup.

The reg files are easily restored by running the appropriate erdnt.exe file from the date named folder you want.

Worked well with XP and Vista and now works with Win 7.
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02 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
The easiest way to handle this is to install ERUNT and have it auto start when the system boots. It will make a complete backup of your registry and store it in date named folders under \Windows\ERDNT\AutoBackup.

The reg files are easily restored by running the appropriate erdnt.exe file from the date named folder you want.

Worked well with XP and Vista and now works with Win 7.
Thank you for your nice workaround! Still I'm curious if I can get into those System Restore point files. Any idea?
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03 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

No, sorry. I'd like to see some ideas as well.
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03 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

The author of this program might be willing to give a clue:

ShadowExplorer.com - About

He digs out the file backups or shadow copies from restore point sets. I use the program and it's worked well for me. Perhaps a donation might get the author to provide a few clues. I don't think it's open source. But you might be surprised. Sometimes these programmer types will email you back if you ask a question tangential to one of their applications.
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03 Mar 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can copy the hives from shadow copies with Shadow Explorer.
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03 Mar 2010   #7
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Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You can copy the hives from shadow copies with Shadow Explorer.
Works well in Vista, but does probably not work in XP. This is what the program desciption says: " ShadowExplorer allows you to browse the shadow copies created by the Windows® VistaTM Volume Shadow Copy Service. "
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