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Windows Tips: How to Back Up the Registry

How to Back Up the Registry


Before you edit the registry, export the keys in the registry that you plan to edit, or back up the whole registry. If a problem occurs, you can then follow the steps how-to restore the registry to its previous state.

How to Export Registry Keys

  • Click Start, and then click Run.
  • In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  • On the File menu, click Export.
  • In the Save in box, select the boxs at the bottom the bottom according to weather you want to export all or only selected branches of the registry.
  • Next select a location in which to save the backup .reg file. In the File name box, type a file name, and then click Save.How to Restore the Registry
  • To restore registry keys that you exported, double-click the .reg file that you saved.


How to Restrict Login Hours Allowed?

How to Restrict Login Hours Allowed

Login Hours





To restrict a users logon hours , use the net user command. These commands are used from the Command Prompt.

(Start – RUN – and type cmd)

Below are some examples:

1 – net user John /time:M-F,08:00-17:00

2 – net user Peter /time:M-F,8am-5pm

3 – net user Stefan /time:M,4am-5pm;T,1pm-3pm;W-F,8:00-17:00

4 – net user Sean /time:all (this one means this user can always log on)

Note: You can only restrict when a user can log on to the system. On a standalone computer, there is no way to force a user to log off when their hours expire,

without a third party script or software.

Hope this Helps 🙂

Why windows makes life difficult sometimes?

We know windows is very easy operating system to operate compared to other operating systems due to its Graphical user interface but some times it may make your job worst when you are unable to solve OS issues. Recently I came across the issue with the windows xp activation. This particular problem took my  2 days of time to solve.

At this point I got questions in my mind,

Is windows Buggy……..?

Why windows makes life difficult sometimes……?

The problem was with windows xp activation. On my PC I had installed the trial version of windows xp for some test and went on holidays during the time of activation and when I came back, my windows xp crossed more than 30 days and my trial period got expired. As I was doing some tests, I decided to not to go with the windows xp and decided to install the windows 7. So I went to uninstall the windows xp but my system was not booting using the cd-rom to load the windows 7 setup. The screen always going to windows xp login screen. When I tried entering my password the machine was asking me to activate my windows xp by contacting customer services but I was not at all interested in windows xp as I have the windows 7 and its licenced version. I tried changing the BIOS settings to load using the CD-ROM. I even disabled the HDD boot option but the system still loading in to windows xp.

When my mind reached the status to get help from someone, I thought of looking for answers on internet which could help me to solve the my problem. Thankfully I got some tips from internet and I was able to solve my problem. My concern was to load the new operating system as it was affecting my work and testing. I was not at all concerned about my data as it was on some other drive (This was planned to deal with these kind of disaster recovery situation).

How did I solved this issue?

Well, as my machine was not allowing me to boot using the windows 7 using the cd I copied the setup to an USB and connected to my PC and booted the machine till I get the windows login screen.

Next, click to login as usual. You should get an error from Windows telling you that your Windows has expired and is asking whether you would like to activate Windows now. Click Yes.

A “Let’s activate Windows” window will appear. Let’s minimize it. DO NOT close it.

Now, hold down the Windows Key on your keyboard while you also press the “U” key. This will open up the Narrator program to help assist those with poor vision. It is this program that will help us login to our Windows.

Click the little computer icon in the top left hand side of the Narrator window. A drop down menu should appear. The last option in this menu is named “About Narrator…”. Click it. This should open up another window called “About Narrator”.

In this window, there should be the text “Microsoft Web site”. Click it, as it is a link and will open up your Internet Explorer, taking you to the Microsoft Accessibility website.

In the address bar of Internet Explorer, type “G:” (G: is just an example here which is our USB drive which contains the windows7  OS. You can enter the drive letter accordingly) . This should display all removable drive contents on drive “G”. From there you run the windows setup. The time is very less to perform these steps and you have to try these within 2-3 minutes.

The New windows will load successfully without any issues

Hope the provided information above helps. Happy Troubleshooting 🙂

Disclaimer: This is not to promote piracy, but I do feel people should have access to their personal files, regardless of whether Windows has expired or not.Also no one can force to use only there operating system and should not avoid reinstalling/Upgrading the operating system as this situation may occur accidently (as in my case). This tutorial should not be used to bypass Windows Activation, nor does it restore full Windows functionality, but I provide it to those who are in desperate need of accessing files that are suddenly lost to them through the Microsoft Genuine Advantage activation system or want to install newer version of OS..

Some windows features

Create A Personal Screen Saver In Win Xp.

This isn’t a tweak, but a great little feature! For a great way to put your digital photos to work, try creating a slide show presentation for use as a screen saver. Here’s how:

1. Right-click an empty spot on your desktop and then click on Properties.

2. Click the Screen Saver tab.

3. In the Screen saver list, click My Pictures Slideshow.

4. Click Settings to make any adjustments, such as how often the pictures should change, what size they should be, and whether you’ll use transition effects between pictures, and then click OK.

Now your screen saver is a random display of the pictures taken from your My Pictures folder.

How Do U See Hidden Files, Using DOS…

Simple and useful tip

Simple and useful tip

At command prompt just type
dir /ah
if the list is too long u can use
dir /ah/p/w

How Long Has Your System Been Running?

Here’s how you verify system uptime:

Click Start | Run and type cmd to open a command prompt.

At the prompt, type systeminfo

Scroll down the list of information to the line that says System Up Time.

This will tell you in days, hours, minutes and seconds how long the system has been up.

Note that this command only works in XP Pro, not in XP Home. You can, however, type net statistics workstation at the prompt in Home. The first line will tell you the day and time that the system came online.

Automatic Windows Installation, No key press require

An unattended Windows XP/2003 install can install all your software and settings along with Windows, and without you having to click a button or press a key, completely automated. Learn how over here:


Make your unattended setup now!

Useful RUN commands for windows

Want to know how to run the below commands,

It’s easy to run commands in windows and access the windows applications and services in a few seconds instead accessing from the programs. Some of the services we can’t access even from programs and we have to use the below commands in order to access those. Hope this helps 🙂

To run these commands just go to Start—>Run—>Enter the command given below (For Eg: control admintools and windows administrative tools wizard will be opened)

Accessibility Controls access.cpl
Add Hardware Wizard hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools control admintools
Automatic Updates wuaucpl.cpl
Calculator calc
Certificate Manager certmgr.msc
Character Map charmap
Check Disk Utility chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer clipbrd
Command Prompt cmd
Component Services dcomcnfg
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Date and Time Properties timedate.cpl
DDE Shares ddeshare
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)* directx.cpl
Direct X Troubleshooter dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility cleanmgr
Disk Defragment dfrg.msc
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager diskpart
Display Properties control desktop
Display Properties desk.cpl
Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected) control color
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility  verifier
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
File Signature Verification Tool sigverif
Findfast findfast.cpl
Folders Properties control folders
Fonts control fonts
Fonts Folder fonts
Free Cell Card Game freecell
Game Controllers joy.cpl
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof) gpedit.msc
Hearts Card Game mshearts
Iexpress Wizard  iexpress
Indexing Service ciadv.msc
Internet Properties  inetcpl.cpl
IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration)  ipconfig /all
IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents)  ipconfig /displaydns
IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents)  ipconfig /flushdns
IP Configuration (Release All Connections)  ipconfig /release
IP Configuration (Renew All Connections)  ipconfig /renew
IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS)  ipconfig /registerdns
IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID)  ipconfig /showclassid
IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID)  ipconfig /setclassid
Java Control Panel (If Installed) jpicpl32.cpl
Java Control Panel (If Installed)  javaws
Keyboard Properties  control keyboard
Local Security Settings secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc
Logs You Out Of Windows logoff
Microsoft Chat winchat
Minesweeper Game winmine
Mouse Properties control mouse
Mouse Properties  main.cpl
Network Connections control netconnections
Network Connections ncpa.cpl
Network Setup Wizard netsetup.cpl
Notepad notepad
Nview Desktop Manager(If Installed)  nvtuicpl.cpl
Object Packager packager
ODBC Data Source Administrator  odbccp32.cpl
On Screen Keyboard osk
Opens AC3 Filter (If Installed) ac3filter.cpl
Password Properties  password.cpl
Performance Monitor perfmon.msc
Performance Monitor  perfmon
Phone and Modem Options  telephon.cpl
Power Configuration powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes  control printers
Printers Folder  printers
Private Character Editor eudcedit
Quicktime (If Installed) QuickTime.cpl
Regional Settings intl.cpl
Registry Editor regedit
Registry Editor  regedit32
Remote Desktop mstsc
Removable Storage ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests  ntmsoprq.msc
Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof) rsop.msc
Scanners and Cameras sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks control schedtasks
SecurityCenter wscui.cpl
Services  services.msc
Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windows shutdown
Sounds and Audio mmsys.cpl
Spider Solitare Card Game spider
SQL Client Configuration  cliconfg
System Configuration Editor sysedit
System Configuration Utility msconfig
System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately) sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot) sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) sfc /scanboot
System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting)  sfc /revert
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache) sfc /purgecache
System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x) sfc /cachesize=x
System Properties  sysdm.cpl
Task Manager  taskmgr
Telnet Client  telnet
User Account Management  nusrmgr.cpl
Utility Manager  utilman
Windows Firewall  firewall.cpl
Windows Magnifier magnify
Windows Management Infrastructure  wmimgmt.msc
Windows System Security Tool syskey
Windows Update Launches  wupdmgr
Windows XP Tour Wizard tourstart
Wordpad write