I have an image of a Windows setup - any way to extract the registry?

  1.    28 Jan 2017 #1

    I have an image of a Windows setup - any way to extract the registry?


    I'm not sure what I did with my backup of some registry settings. I do have an image of a previous state where I'm hoping I can extract the registry from there. It looks like I can get part of it via the system32/config folder but I don't see any of the user hives. When I try to access the user folder on the image, I can't because of permissions issues.

    Are there any other ways?
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  2.    29 Jan 2017 #2

    Hello Andy and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I found a similar question on our sister site Seven Forums. It might give you some ideas on how to accomplish the same with Windows 10. Hopefully others more knowledgeable than me will jump in with additional thoughts.

    Can I Read or Export Key from Registry in System Image VHD ? Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums
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       29 Jan 2017 #3

    andy d said: View Post
    I'm not sure what I did with my backup of some registry settings. I do have an image of a previous state where I'm hoping I can extract the registry from there...
    Welcome to TenForums @andy d

    What exactly are you trying to achieve? To return to an earlier state? Is extracting the registry from the system image the best way to do that?

    The conventional way would be to use System Restore, if you have a recent restore point to return to that is. You don't say how this 'image of a previous state' was made. If you used Backup & Restore to make a system image then a restore point is included in that image. If you open System Restore and tick the 'Show more restore points' box it will list the 'system image restore point' and it can be restored like any other restore point.

    That may be an alternative if you can't extract the registry hives from your image.
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  4.    29 Jan 2017 #4

    Thanks guys.

    System restore wasn't an option. I wanted to extract my Plex settings after migrating to 2016 server essentials as I deleted the backup by accident. Anyway, I was able to get what I needed by...

    1) Mounting the macrium image with settings that unrestricted the user folder
    2) Mounting the hive registry settings in ntuser.dat

    I missed #1 when I first mounted the image.
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  5.    29 Jan 2017 #5

    Glad to hear you were able to solve the issue. Thanks for posting back. :)
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