How to Backup and Restore Registry

This post will show the steps to back up and restore the Registry in Windows 10. Let’s get started.

How to Backup Registry in Windows 10

Before making any changes to the Registry, it is always best to create a backup.

Remember that you can back up the selective Registry key or the entire Registry. You will see both here.

For Selective Key Backup

Step 1: Launch Registry Editor.

Step 2: Right-click on the key that you want to back up.

Step 3: Click on the Export option.

Step 4: Select the desired location in the pop-up, enter a name for the backup, and then press Save.


Remember that when you back up a key, it is also backed up along with its subkeys, if any.

I suggest that you provide a name for the backup that will help you remember the contents of that backup.

For Entire Registry Backup

Open the Registry Editor.

Right-click on the Computer at the top left and click the “Export.”

Select the location, enter a name for the backup, and then click Save.

How to Restore Windows 10 Registry

Method #1

Find the Registry backup you want to restore. The backup will be in the .reg extension.

Once you have found the backup, double-click it. In the UAC pop-up, click Yes.

Click Yes in the confirmation pop-up.

Method #2

Open the Registry Editor and click File > Import.

Select the backup file and then click the Open button.


Remember that using the recovery methods mentioned above works well for specific Registry key backups and not for the entire Registry backup.

If you try the above recovery methods for the entire Registry backup, not all data will be recovered successfully, and you will see an error message.

For this reason, the following method is the best choice to backup and restore the entire Registry.

An Alternative Way to Backup and Restore Entire Registry

System Restore can backup or restore the entire Registry, as we will see in another post.

Remember that System Restore cannot backup or restore a particular Registry key.


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