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How to open Registry Export file to copy keys

Posted on 2009-04-14
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I made a big mistake.  I was editing my SBS 2003 registry and accidentally deleted some keys that the Microsoft documentation clearly said not to delete.  This stopped my SharePoint from working.

This is what I did:

IIS Manager>Servername>Web Sites>  then I deleted the SharePoint Administration Web Site.

I need to figure out if there is a way to recover those keys?  I have a registry export file from several months earlier, but when I try to open the file, it asks if I want to replace the present registry.  Is there a way to simply open that export file and copy the keys?

Or, perhaps someone can instruct me on what keys to enter?
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by:MsShadow
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Create a new virtual machine with windows server 2003 and restore the registry file there.
That way you can quickly check it without destroying any production machines.

Regards,

Koen
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That sounds like a good idea.  Is there a trial version of virtualization software that I can use?
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To open an exported registry key(backup key)... I just rightclick on the reg file and click "edit" that will open it for you to change/edit.

Or maybe I missed the question.
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by:dt3itsteam
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VM Server is free to use!

Install it on a windows host and youre free to build a Guest VM where you can restore the Reg file to.

http://www.vmware.com/products/server/

rpggamergirl is also right, but if there are hundreds of reg changes to add, doing it manually can be full of issues!
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Actually, I just realized that my deletion was not the registry.  It was in the IIS manager.

IIS Manager>Servername>Web Sites>  then I deleted the SharePoint Administration Web Site.
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I think you need to restore an old backup then.
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