Published: Friday, 13 January 2006 13:48
Unlike VS 2005, there is no Import/Export Settings function in VS .NET 2002 and 2003. This is really useful if you want to backup your IDE settings (fonts&colors, toolbars, external tools, editor settings etc.) for the case you'll need to reinstall Visual Studio. Or you might want to share IDE settings among all users.
There is a way for VS .NET 2002 and 2003 too. All important settings are stored in the registry. So all you need to do is save them to the .REG file and then load them. Run regedit and navigate to proper key. Then select Export from right-click menu to store the data into .REG file. You need to repeat this action for each key you want to save. Then when you want to restore the data, just double-click each .REG file. Or import it in regedit from File - Import... menu.
Interesting registry keys for VS .NET 2002: