How to Backup and Restore Windows Registry?

Backup and Restore Windows Registry

Certainly, you should know how to backup and restore Windows registry in case of any problem occurs in Windows registry due to any changes. It’s important that before we are going to make any changes into the Windows registry, we should have a backup of it so we can reinstate it by using the backup registry file in case of any tragedy happens in the operating system.

The Windows registry is a very important part of any Windows PC. Making any wrong changes into the registry can crash your Windows operating system or may lose your data. Do not make any value changes into until you are not sure.

Windows registry is the backbone of any Windows operating system. By explained method in this post, you can easily backup and restore Windows registry in all operating systems (Windows Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10). Know More About Windows Registry

Backup Windows Registry

Step 1. Open “Windows Registry Editor”. To open the registry editor, open “Run” dialog box by use keyboard combination Win + R, and type the command “regedit” and click on OK button.

Step 2. To backup whole registry, select main context menu (i.e.: Computer, as shown in below image).

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Step 3. Once you select main context menu, then, go to File Menu and click “Export”.

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Step 4. You will be asked to Name this backup and save this file at your desired location. I am choosing “Desktop” to save registry backup for this tutorial. Click on Save button. You may choose any location.

You have successfully backed up your Windows Registry. Now you can go ahead and make whatever changes you would like to test, because you have a backup file.

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Restore Registry by Using the Back-up File

Step 1. Open “Windows Registry Editor”. To open the registry editor, open “run” dialog box by use keyboard combination, Win + R, and type the command “regedit” and click on OK button.

Step 2. To restore registry, go to File Menu and click “Import”.

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Step 3. You will be prompted to select the backup file of registry. Select file “Backup Registry” (created above in Step 4 under backing up section). Then click “Open”.

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Step 4. It will start the little importing process and within a few seconds, your backed up file has restored successfully.

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So, above were the the steps by which you can easily backup and restore Windows registry in any Windows computer. Backup and Restore Windows Registry Click To Tweet

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