How to open Registry Export file to copy keys

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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MsShadowConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I think you need to restore an old backup then.
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.


sgarson1Author Commented:
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.
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.

rpggamergirl is also right, but if there are hundreds of reg changes to add, doing it manually can be full of issues!
sgarson1Author Commented:
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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