How to Backup and Restore Registry in Windows 10, 8 and 7

Before working in the windows registry, it is always a good idea to back it up first, so that you have the option of restoration, should something go wrong. This article shows the different ways to backup and restore the Windows Registry or its Hives.

Backup and Restore Registry

Before you begin, it is also a good idea to create a System Restore Point first.

Backup Registry

You can save or backup your Registry using Regedit or the Registry Editor in Windows. Open Run box, type regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

To back up the complete Registry, open Regedit, select Computer and right-click on it. Now select Export. Give the file a name and set a location where you want it saved.

The complete registry backup will be saved as a .reg file.

To backup  part of the Registry, navigate to the Registry key or Hive that you wish to. To back it up, click File > Export.

You can save or Backup your Registry in the following formats:

  • A .reg registration file,
  • Registry Hive Files. Saves a binary image
  • Text Files which can be read in Notepad
  • The older Win9x/NT4 format

Select your Export range and Save as type and click on Save to save the backup.

Registry Keys that are not backed up when you create a system restore point

Most of the registry is backed up when you create a system restore point. I say most because the keys that are not included are listed at:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\ControlSet001\Control\BackupRestore\KeysNotToRestore

Restore the Registry

To restore the registry from an exported hive, in the left pane of the Registry Editor, select the desired Registry key, where you want restoration done.

Next, click Files > Import on the File menu. Navigate to the backed up file. Click OK to the confirmation prompt.

Alternatively, you can also simply double-click the backed up .reg file, to directly add it.

If you find this a bit difficult, you can always use free tools to achieve the same.

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