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Windows 7: How To Automatically Backup Your PuTTY connections

Go to:

  1. Control Panel
  2. Administrative Tools
  3. Task Scheduler
  4. Create Basic Task (In the bar on the right)
  5. Name: “Backup Putty Connections”
  6. Next
  7. Run Daily
  8. Next, Next, Next (Until “Start a Program”)
  9. Program/Script: C:Windowsregedit.exe
  10. Arguments: /E "Putty_connections_backup.reg" "HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSimonTatham"
  11. Start In: (The directory to put the backups in. Somewhere in your Dropbox would be good)
  12. Open Properties when finished
  13. Finish.
  14. Check the “Run with highest privileges” option (If you don’t see it, find your new task (You may need to click on “Task Scheduler Library”) and right click on it, then select “Properties”)
  15. Right click on it again
  16. Run it.
  17. Make sure the file’s been created.

How to restore them:

  1. Install PuTTY
  2. Double click on that file.

Windows 7

My work machine runs Ubuntu, as does my netbook. But my primary desktop is used mostly for games and web-browsing, so it tends to be in Windows. Chrome is currently my browser of choice when not developing (because I can start it, check my email and close it again in the time it takes Firefox to load). Microsoft sent me an email – along with most of the rest of the world – saying I could try the Windows 7 RC for free for a year, so I decided to give it a shot. Mostly because Windows 7 has DirectX 11, and I wanted to see if LOTRO‘s support was shiny.

Now, last time I attempted a Windows 7 install, it didn’t go so well. (This article contains occasional Naughty Words).

This time it worked perfectly. It installed cleanly, recognised all my hardware, and everything’s working fine. LOTRO found its DirectX 10 mode, and looks shinier, and the interface is snappy and responsive, and has stolen just enough from OS X to be shiny without being a ripoff. The “gadgets” bar is off by default, and it Just Works.

Which is a shame, because the other article was a lot more fun to write.