Preserving application settings if lost power or crash Windows XP, 7 desktop


How do I preserve the settings for a particular application if the desktop crashes or power source switched off. The application always returns to the default settings.The desktops are running Windows XP and 7.


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Maen Abu-TabanjehNetwork Administrator, Network ConsultantCommented:
either by creating restore point in system restore , or while windows booting click on F8 to popup the menu , choose last good known configuration
It rather depends on the application and how it usually saves the settings...  Does it use the registry or files?  If it uses files where are they stored?
gerrymac1943Author Commented:
Note sure how it saves settings

The application is Mobile Broadband software

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Does it save the settings on a proper shutdown/restart?
gerrymac1943Author Commented:
yes the application does save the settings on a proper shutdown / restart
Then basically it writes an .ini/HKCU/HKLM Reg Key on app exit, and I don't think you are going to find what you are trying to do.....

If you can find where it writes, you can capture those changes so that they can easily be restored......

Process Monitor can help you identify what gets written...

Are you changing settings that often though?
gerrymac1943Author Commented:
No we just need the settings to remain the same once they have been initially set.
But it sounds like the setttings are changing at each launch, else teh settings from the "proper" shutdown should still be there...... It might write a "flag" somewhere that indicates the app was closed properly, and if not, uses default settings....

I think this is something that you need to talk to thier support about.....

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