How to Backup and Restore Registry Keys on Windows 11/10/8/7?

You can not imagine your Windows operating system without a Registry. The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores low-level settings for the Microsoft Windows operating system and applications that opt to use the Registry. The Registry uses the kernel, device drivers, services, Security Account Manager, and interface.

Windows Registry contains all information about settings, options, and other values for all programs and hardware installed on Windows operating system. For example, when a program is installed on a computer, a new sub-key containing settings, the program’s location, version, and how to start the program are added to the Windows Registry. It accesses the Registry file and operates correctly while executing any program.

Your Windows will stop working when Registry gets corrupt. You should back up the Registry file before making any changes to your computer registry. In this risewindows article, we will learn to create backup/restore Registry keys on Windows 11/10/8/7.

When you have a backup of Registry, and something goes wrong, you can revert with backup by restoring to the original path.

There are two ways to take Registry backup: Full backup of Registry or backup of only individual keys.

How to backup the whole Registry on Windows 11/10/8/7?

Step 1. Press Windows logo + R from the keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. Type Regedit.

regedit-2Bin-2BRunStep 3. After that, click on the OK button to open Registry Editor.

Step 4. If UAC (User Account Control) prompts, click on the Yes button to launch Registry Editor.

Registry-Editor-UAC-PromptRegistry-2BEditorStep 5. Now, click File > Export from the menu.

Registry-ExportStep 6. It will prompt for location and name. Select location and type a proper name for backup that can be remembered later, e.g., Full Registry Backup.

Full-Registry-BackupNote: Leave default option All selected under Export range.

Step 7. Then, click on the Save button to save the backup of the Registry.

Save-Full-Registry-BackupIf a few seconds (depending on the Registry size), you will have a Registry backup on your PC.

How to restore the complete Registry on Windows 11/10/8/7?

Follow the below-mentioned steps to restore from the backup if you have made some changes in Windows Registry:-

Step 1. Press Windows logo + R from the keyboard to open the Run command box.

Step 2. Then, type regedit.

regedit-2Bin-2BRun

Step 3. Now, click on the OK button to open Registry Editor.

Step 4. If UAC (User Account Control) prompts, click on the Yes button to launch Registry Editor.

Registry-Editor-UAC-PromptRegistry-2BEditor

Step 5. Now, click File > Import from the menu.

Registry-ImportStep 6. After that, locate the Registry Backup File and click on the Open button.

Restore-Registry-BackupNow you can see the progress of Registry importing.

Import-RegistryHow to backup individual Registry keys on Windows 11/10/8/7?

Step 1. Press Windows logo + R from the keyboard to open the Run command box.

Step 2. Then, type regedit.

regedit-2Bin-2BRun

Step 3. Now, click on the OK button to open Registry Editor.

Step 4. If UAC (User Account Control) prompts, click on the Yes button to launch Registry Editor.

Registry-2BEditorStep 5. Next, go to the Registry file location which you want to backup.

Step 6. Now, click File > Export from the menu.

Individual-Registry-Keys-backupStep 7. After that, it will prompt for the File name and write an easy-to-remember word that serves the purpose.

Policy-BackupNote: Under the Export range, leave it to default to the Selected branch.

Step 8. Finally, click on the Save button to keep the backup.

How to restore individual Registry keys on Windows 11/10/8/7?

Step 1. Press Windows logo + R from the keyboard to open the Run command box.

Step 2. Then, type regedit.

regedit-2Bin-2BRunStep 3. Now, click on the OK button to open Registry Editor.

Step 4. If UAC (User Account Control) prompts, click on the Yes button to launch Registry Editor.

Registry-Editor-UAC-PromptRegistry-2BEditorStep 5. Now, click File > Export from the menu.

Registry-ImportStep 6. After that, locate the Registry Backup File and click on the Open button.

Import-Registry-FileStep 7. Then, you will get a prompt on the screen, “The keys and values contained in ………………… .reg have been successfully added to the registry.”

Registry-File-restoredThat’s it! You have successfully restored the registry backup file to its original location.

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