How to Backup and Restore Windows Registry for Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10?

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If already backed up the entire registry in Windows it’s all right, because restoring that backup is very easy. But, the problems occur later, after a registry value or a registry key change you’ve made, or the issue you were trying to correct wasn’t fixed by your recent Windows Registry edit. Another reason to restore Windows registry is if you’ve downloaded a registry hack that you want to import into Windows Registry on your computer for it to take effect. This might differ from the same as restoring a backup you made yourself, but the process is identical since they both involve importing the registry file.

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Different Methods to backup and restore Windows Registry for XP, 7, 8 and 10

Note: Any backup files of the Registry saved with the .reg extension.

Backup the Registry in Windows XP

To back up the registry in Windows XP, follow these steps:

  1. Click ‘Start >> Run‘.
  2. Type ‘regedit‘ in the search box and click ‘OK‘ to open the Registry Editor.
  3. On the left pane, click ‘Computer‘ to select it.
  4. From ‘File’, in the menu, click ‘Export‘.
  5. In the ‘Export Registry File‘ window, type a filename for this backup.
  6. Then choose All under the Export range section and select a location on your system where you want to save the backup registry file, then click ‘Save‘.

Restore the Registry in Windows XP

Now follow the steps to restore the registry in Windows XP.

  1. Open the Registry Editor: type ‘regedit‘ at ‘Run‘ and click ‘OK‘.
  2. Go to the ‘File‘ menu and click ‘Import‘.
  3. At the ‘Import Registry File‘ window, browse to locate the backup file (on the Desktop, if you saved it there).
  4. Select the file and click ‘Open‘.
  5. Once the import process is complete, restart your computer and login back on your Windows XP computer.

Backup the Registry in Windows 7

To back up the registry in Windows 7 or Vista are the same, follow these steps:

  1. Click ‘Start‘ and type ‘regedit‘ in the search box and click on it.
  2. Click ‘Continue‘, if you’re prompted by User Account Control.
  3. Select ‘Computer‘ from the left side. Make sure it’s selected.
  4. Go to ‘File‘ and then ‘Export‘.
  5. At the ‘Export Registry File‘, type a name for the backup file.
  6. Choose ‘All‘ under the Export range section.
  7. Select a location where you want to save the backup file and click ‘Save‘.

Restore the Registry in Windows 7

  1. Open the Registry Editor: type ‘regedit‘ at the search box and click on the ‘regedit item‘ when it appears in the search results list.
  2. At ‘File‘, click ‘Import‘.
  3. At the Import Registry File screen, browse and select the backup .reg file to be restored from your Desktop or from where you saved it. Click ‘Open‘.
  4. Once completed, restart the computer to login back on your Windows 7 computer.

Backup the Registry in Windows 8 or 8.1

Follow the steps to create a backup of the current Registry in a Windows 8 or 8.1 system.

  1. Go to Search or press the Window button to open the Charms Bar.
  2. Type regedit in the search box and when it shows, click on it.
  3. Click ‘Yes‘, if you’re prompted by User Account Control.
  4. Select Computer from the left side. Make sure it’s selected before you proceed to the next step.
  5. Go to ‘File‘ and then click on ‘Export‘.
  6. At the Export Registry File screen, type a name for the backup file and choose All under the Export range section.
  7. Select a location where you want to save the backup file and click ‘Save‘.

Restore the Registry in Windows 8 or 8.1

  1. Open the Registry Editor: type regedit at the search box and click on the regedit item when it appears in the search results list. To open the Search Bar, press the Windows key.
  2. At ‘File‘, click the ‘Import‘ option.
  3. Then Import Registry File screen, browse and select the backup file you want to restore. Click ‘Open‘.
  4. Once the process is complete, restart your computer and log back in on your Windows 8/8.1 computer.

Backup the Registry in Windows 10

Follow the steps below, to create a backup of the current Registry in a Windows 10 system.

  1. Type regedit in the search box and click on it.
  2. Click ‘Yes‘, if you’re prompted by User Account Control.
  3. Select Computer from the left side. Make sure it’s selected before you proceed to the next step.
  4. Go to ‘File‘ and then click on ‘Export‘.
  5. At the Export Registry File, type a name for the backup file.
  6. Choose All under the Export range section.
  7. Select a location where you want to save the backup file. Click ‘Save‘.

Restore the Registry in Windows 10

Follow the steps to restore the registry using a previously created .reg file on a Windows 10 system.

  1. Open the Registry Editor: type regedit at the search box and click on the regedit item when it appears in the search results list.
  2. At ‘File‘, click the ‘Import‘ option.
  3. After that at the Import Registry File screen, browse and select the backup file you want to restore. Click ‘Open‘.
  4. Once the process is complete, restart your computer and log back in on your Windows 10 computer.

Conclusion

Now users are able to backup and restore Windows Registry for Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10 and other versions of Windows too. Try above- mentioned methods for the restore and backup. That’s all. Isn’t it so easy to restore and backup registry? If you have any other questions, feel free to leave comments below. Learn Why Windows Data Recovery Becomes Necessity

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