Being a Windows 7 user from more than 10 years simply makes you the pro in Windows 7. The root files of window 7 lies in the C:\Windows\System32\Config. Windows 7 does keep the backup for the registry of Windows files in this location. You can easily backup and restore the registry from Windows 7. Make sure that you have Updated your Windows 7 Product key before making any modifications to the registry in windows.
The Windows 7 Registry is a massive database of settings and configuration data for the operating system and for all of the applications and drivers installed on your PC. When you tweak the Registry, you edit (or create) database entries to customize how your OS works. Always make sure to Before making any changes to the Windows Registry, you should be sure to back up your important data, as missteps in the Registry could impair your PC or even render it inoperable. That said, if you stick to modifying the appropriate entries–or keys–there’s little to worry about.
To perform any of the Registry modifications outlined in this article, you must first access Windows 7’s built-in Registry Editor. To do so, click the Start button, type regedit in the search field, and press Enter. The Windows Registry Editor will open and present you with what looks like a never-ending tree of expandable menu items.
Five main keys (also called hives) are visible in the Windows 7 Registry (a sixth key, which holds performance data, remains hidden when you use the Registry Editor):
- HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT (HKCR) stores settings for all applications, utilities, and programs installed on a system.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) stores settings for the user who is logged in.
- HKEY_USERS (HKU) stores settings for all of the user accounts on a given system.
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (HKLM) stores settings specific to the system that Windows is installed on.
- HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG (HKCC) stores settings gathered or determined at runtime, generally when the system boots up.
We would say that if you’re not having problems with your system I suggest leaving the registry alone.”
A lot of us are not on the same step in time based on a lot of variables. But, once you get network file sharing working, installed the standard user apps, get the shared password lockers running & get backups and recovery options working, then we start thinking about fast-pathing recovery.
Registry changes or corruption is one of the weak points that has been easier to deal with! In Windows XP ISO (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP) we would copy the Repair directory to another location on the hard drive as a backup process and then cascade 7 days of copies into a backup drive per user. Sure works nice, can be automated, and saves a lot of time when needed!
The Win7 C:\Windows\System32\Config looks like it has hive files in it when you browse there with Explorer, but, when I try to back up the hive that looks like it is there, my current App says the directory is empty.