This topic apllies to Windows® 2000 Professional and Server, Windows® 2003 Server.
If Windows® starts successfuly.
Log on to Windows® as Administrator.
To restore the registry, use the Start Menu -> Registry Healer -> Backup -> Registry Restore shortcut or run the program and go to the Action top menu -> Restore the registry from full backup. The Backup utility can also be launched from the Programs -> Accessories ->System Tools menu.
In the Backup utility select the Restore tab, choose the backup media, and select the System State check box. Remember that Backup will not only restore the registry but will also restore all of the system state data.
Note that after the System State restoration is complete, you will need to shut down and restart the system before the restoration is effective.
Wizard Tip: When you start Windows®, you can immediately restore the most recent copy of the registry. To do so, restart your system and when the "Please Select the Operating System to Start" message appears, press [F8]. Use the arrow keys to select the "Last Known Good Configuration" option and press [Enter]. You can also use this quick restore technique in Windows® NT4.
If Windows® fails to start.
Restart Windows® by using the "Last Known Good Configuration" feature. Start the computer and press the F8 key when Windows® begins. The Windows Advanced Options menu will appear.
Use the ARROW keys to select "Last Known Good Configuration" and press ENTER. Windows® will restore the computer to the most recent restore point.
Caution! Make sure that your backups are up to date. Restoring from an old backup could be dangerous if major changes have been made to the system or hardware in the meantime. For example, if you have installed Internet Explorer and restore your registry from a backup predating it, your computer may not boot properly or Internet Explorer may not work.