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Sep 23, 2013

How To Backup And Restore The Windows Registry

Before making changes to the Windows Registry Editor, nearly every tutorial will tell you to backup the registry beforehand. But how do you backup the registry?

Backing up the registry is very simple. It only takes a few steps to complete and you’ll be sure a restore is just a few clicks away.

Backup The Windows Registry

Step 1: Select “File > Export.”


Step 2: Ensure the “All” range is selected and not “Selected branch.” The latter option is for backing up only certain registry items. To backup everything, choose “All.”


Step 3: Choose a name and folder to save the backup in and then click “Save.”


The backup process shouldn’t take too long (usually less than one minute but sometimes longer). You’ll know it’s completed when the hour glass mouse pointer returns to its normal shape.

Restore A Windows Registry Backup

Step 1: Select “File > Import.”


Step 2: Find and select a registry backup and then click “Open.”


The file will be imported and the progress will show in a new window like so:



Make sure to backup the registry before any edits. You can see how simple the steps are to perform, so if any issues arise you can simply restore the backup at any time.


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