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How do I restore my Registry or valuable parts of it?

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I ran a trial version of a "registry cleaner" program on my Win2000 OS. I won't name the product!! I selected the option to backup the registry before "cleaning" then let the program loose on my system. Yes, you already know what happened, right?! System restarted with all registry settings apparently lost (especially valuable "losses" are all Outlook Express settings [email archives, address book] and collection of IE favorites). I have tried rebooting with System CD etc but no luck in finding the "backed up" registry.
1. If someone can give me the solution to finding the "backed up" registry, and restoring it,  that would be brilliant. Definitely 500 points.
Alternatively,  if  original is gone forever, can someone tell me how to restore OUtlook Express , IE favorites, my wonderful dual screen wallpaper pic. etc.
I have my fingers crossed, but I ain't holding my breath....There are cheap answers to this kind of question (ones that sound ok but give no concrete, step-by step solution; and there is perhaps a great answer (step by step with all the i's dotted). A cheap answer is worth 50 points I guess..but a great answer is worth 500 points.  Am I free to issue the points after I see the answers??
Thanks in advance.
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by:Luc Franken
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Hi Lynton1,

You'll have to find where the backup is stored first, check the program folder of your "registry cleaner" or in the system32 folder.

 To restore registry keys that where exported, follow these steps:

   1. Click Start, and then click Run.
   2. Type regedt32, and then click OK.
   3. On the Registry menu, click Restore.
   4. Select the file that you saved, and then click Open.
   5. Click Yes to continue.

Greetings,

LucF
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by:Lynton1
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Hi LucF,
Thanks for quick response. I had already located a backup folder Within the "registry cleaner" program folder, prior to my posting here. Additional problem not mentioned above (I know this now begins to sound ominously familiar, more details squeezing out as we get further into the problem) but the trial "cleaner" does not restore the backup. I have emailed the software publisher but have only received an automatic email response effectively saying that I need to purchase the product if I want to hope for a real response from them. With the problem I already have,  I do not feel inclined to purchase this product in the vague hope that some solution will be forthcoming from them. There are two files: one called Auto Backup.ArP (0kb) and one called Auto Backup.bak(4kb)  I am extremely tentative about using regedt32 on these unless you are definitely confident that these files sound like standard Microsoft backup formats.?!
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by:Luc Franken
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.bak doesn't sound like a file that would be usable with regedt32 to me...
Please, let me know what the "registry cleaner" was, so I might be able to give you more specific help on this.

LucF
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by:Luc Franken
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One more thing to try...
Please open that Auto Backup.bak in notepad, see what it contains. As it's only 4kb, if it's readable, please post it here so I can take a look at what kind of backup it is, or maybe find a workaround for you.

LucF
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by:Lynton1
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Thanks for perseverence LucF,
the only readable data in the backup file is "C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WBEMSTUB.DLL"  and " $CLSID\{EO&D3492-32B5-11DO-B724-00AA0062CBB&}\InprocServer32"
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oh ..if I must say so, Registry Mechanic is the offender...also that WBEMSTUB.DLL does not exist in the wbem folder...
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by:Luc Franken
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>>the only readable data in the backup file is "C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WBEMSTUB.DLL"  and " $CLSID\{EO&D3492-32B5-11DO-B724-00AA0062CBB&}\InprocServer32"<<
The first one (the dll) was removed because the file didn't exist at that location at the moment of the scan, which is a normal way for any registry cleaner to handle these things.

The second one is explained here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/com/htm/reg_5n8y.asp

You might want to try re-creating the registry entry on that one, but I don't think it's very likely it's causing the problems you mentioned.

For Registry Mechanic, have you tried the "Backup and Restore" option which is on the main startpage of the program.

LucF
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by:Luc Franken
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Another thing you might want to check is this, does the file look like:

----------------------------------------------
REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E07D3492-32B5-11D0-B724-00AA0062CBB7}\InprocServer32]
@="C:\\WINNT\\System32\\WBEM\\WBEMSTUB.DLL"
----------------------------------------------

If so, just rename the file to backup.reg and execute it, let it merge with the registry.

But as the dll file doesn't exist, this shouldn't make any differences in your case.

LucF
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by:Lynton1
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LucF,
Thanks for all responses LucF. The "Backup and Restore" option  on the main startpage of Registry Mechanic simultaneously deletes the backup file when selected.  So we now have no backup file at all. The option also had no effect in restoring the original configuration.
I think we are now at the alternative: namely  reconfiguring my original settings.
I think if I can restore 1.  Outlook Express (email archives and address book)
, IE favorites, my wonderful dual screen wallpaper pic. etc.



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by:Lynton1
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..sorry, I hit enter while still writing the post.

In summary, I have now lowered my target.

 if I can retrieve the following I will be satisfied:

1. Outlook Express (email archives and address book)
2. IE favorites
3. my original background wallpaper.


I hope you are still around LucF..
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by:Luc Franken
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Yep, I'm still around :) I was sleeping at 04:58AM CEST when you posted your last comment.

For 1) exactly what version of OE do you have, you'll may need to re-import some files but that.
          Anyways, please search your harddisk for *.WAB (your addressbook)
          In the same folder you should be able to find several other files.
          Then please look here on how to recover: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=270670
For 2) Please look at C:\Documents and Settings\<your username>\Favorites see if all are still listed there.
For 3) Rightclick the desktop => Properties => Background => Just select the one you want. (or am I missing anything?)

LucF
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LucF,
Thanks for persistent help. I am now on the way to fixing it...
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..for future use, however what registry tools do you recommend??
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by:Luc Franken
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Ok, good luck.

LucF
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Luc Franken earned 500 total points
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>> however what registry tools do you recommend??<<

Expert PeteLong pointed me to this one some time ago, and I just love it (And it's free!)

RegSeeker 1.35
http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm

LucF
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