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

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On a Windows PC, Registry is a hierarchical database this is used to store low-level settings for the Windows operating system and applications that opt to use the registry. The kernel, drivers, services, Security Accounts Manager, and user interface use this Windows registry. Apart from that, Windows Registry contains all information about your PC settings, options, and other values for all programs and hardware installed on the operating system. For instance, when you install a program on your computer, a new sub-key containing settings, program’s location, version, and how to start the program are added to this Registry. When you open a program on the computer, it accesses the Registry file and then operates them.

If Windows Registry gets corrupt, then your computer will stop working. So, before making any changes to Windows Registry, it is always recommended to take a backup of the Registry file. If something goes wrong, you can restore them to their original position.

In this growupwindows article, we will guide you on creating a backup and restoring Registry keys on Windows 11/10/8/7.

On a Windows PC, either you can take the full Registry backup or individual keys backup. We will review both of them in this post.

How to Backup the Full Registry on Windows 11, 10, 8, or 7?

To back up the whole Windows Registry, use the following steps:-

Step 1. First, hit the Windows + R keys on the keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. Then, type regedit in the Run box.

Step 3. After that, click the OK button or hit Enter key on the keyboard to open Registry Editor.

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

Step 5. When Registry Editor window opens on your computer or laptop, click the File > Export in the menu.

Step 6. In the new window that appears, select the location on your computer where you want to save this file and then type a name for the backup file, e.g., Full Registry Backup.

Note: Under Export range, leave default option All selected.

Step 7. Finally, click the Save button to store the Registry backup on your computer.

Depending on the Registry size, saving the Registry backup on your PC may take a while.

How to Restore the Complete Registry Backup on Windows 11, 10, 8, or 7?

If you have a valid backup of Windows Registry and something goes wrong on your PC, in that case, use the following steps to restore the backup:-

Step 1. First, open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Then, click the File > Import from the menu.

Step 3. In the next window that appears, locate the Registry Backup File that you have already on your PC and click the Open button.

When you’re done, you will see the progress of Registry importing.

How to Backup Individual Registry Key on Windows 11, 10, 8, or 7?

To backup individual or selected registry key on Windows PC, use the following steps:-

Step 1. Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Then, navigate to the registry key that you want to backup.

Step 3. After that, from the Registry Editor menu, select the File > Export option.

Step 4. When you’re prompted, write a file name.

Note: Under the Export range, leave it to default to the Selected branch.

Step 5. Finally, click the Save button to keep the backup.

How to Restore Individual Registry key on Windows 11, 10, 8, or 7?

Step 1. First, open Windows Registry.

Step 2. Then, click File > Import option from the menu.

Step 3. In the following window, locate the Registry Backup file on your PC and click the Open button.

Step 4. When you’re done, you will get a message on the screen, “The keys and values contained in ……………….. .reg have been successfully added to the registry.

That’s all! Now, you have successfully restored the registry backup file to its original location.

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