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Recovering information for the HKCU branch of the registry from a backup

Microsoft Windows stores information contained in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER branch of the registry, which is often abbreviated as HKCU, in the file NTUSER.DAT. That file is stored in the user's profile directory, which is usually C:\Windows\Username, where Username is the account name. The location can be checked by issuing the command echo %USERPROFILE% from a command prompt while logged into the account.

The file is a hidden and system file, so you would need to turn on the display of hidden and system files in the Windows Explorer to see it, but even then, if you are logged into the account for which you are trying to access NTUSER.DAT it will be locked from access. You can view the contents of the file for another account or the contents of a backup copy of NTUSER.DAT using the RegFileExport utility from NirSoft as explained in Recovering information for the HKCU branch of the registry from a backup.

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