Windows Registry has the entirety of Windows settings stored in it. Editing or tweaking Windows Registry is risky as a small mistake can lead to a complete system crash. But you may come across situations where you will have to edit the Windows registry.
When this happens, it is best to back up the registry before editing it. This way you can simply restore the registry keys in case of any issue, solving it without any hassle. Here I have discussed how to backup the registry on Windows 10.
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Backup Registry On Windows 10
There are various ways you can back up the registry keys on Windows 10. Here I have mentioned two of them, so use the method that suits you best.
1) Backup From Registry Editor
One of the easier and simpler ways to backup registry keys directly from the Windows Registry Editor. Here is how you can do it:
- Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run command.
- Type regedit and press Enter. Registry Editor will open on your screen.
- Click on the File tab and select Export.
- Check All in the Export range. You can also save individual keys by specifying their path.
- Name the backup as you prefer. Browse to the location you want to save the backup keys and click on Save.
Wait for the registry keys to be backed up. It should take a few seconds. Check if the .reg file has been created in the location you saved the registry keys.
Now to restore the keys, simply double-click on the .reg file or right-click on it and select Merge.
2) Create A System Restore Point
When you create a System Restore point, it automatically backs up your registry keys. Creating a system restore point saves Windows state, with all its settings. Once your Windows becomes corrupted, you can simply revert to the old state that you have created.
Here is how you can create a System Restore point:
- Type Create a restore point in the Start Menu and select the top option. This will open System Properties.
- Click on the System Protection tab, if not already selected. Select the system drive from the Available Drives list. Click on Configure while having the drive selected.
- Select the Turn on system protection option in the Restore Settings section. Set the Max Disk Space usage by moving the slide and click on Apply and OK to save the details.
- Now, the Create option should be clickable. Click on the Create option.
- Enter a description to identify the restore point. Select Create once done.
- Wait for the system restore point to be created.
Now you can restore to this system point if any issues appear after editing the Registry. To restore a system restore point, follow these steps:
- Open System Properties again using the above steps and select the System Protection tab.
- Click on the System Restore option.
- Follow the on-screen instructions and select the system point you want to restore. It may take some time to restore to that system point.
So, there you have it. Now you know how to back up the registry on Windows 10. If you have any further queries, ask them in the comment section.