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How to Backup and Restore Registry on Windows 10

Before doing any changes to the Registry, it is always better to take a backup of it.

In this post, we will see the steps to backup and restore Windows 10 Registry. Without further ado, let's see how.

Backup Windows 10 Registry

The Windows 10 Registry has an inbuilt option called "Export" which lets us do this task.

Remember that you can use "Export" option to backup selective Registry Key or entire Registry. Here, we will see both in detail.

Backup Selective Key

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    Open Run Command Box (press Windows + R). Type "Regedit" (without quotes) and press "Enter."
Run command to open Registry Editor
  • Now, you can see the Registry of your Windows 10 PC.
  • Right-click the Key that you want to backup.
  • Click on the "Export" option.
Export option
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    In the popup, select the location you want, give a name for the backup and tap "Save."


  • Keep in mind that when you backup a Key, it will be backed up along with its sub-keys too (if there are any).
  • I suggest you to give a name for the backup which helps you to remember the contents of the Registry backup.

Backup of Entire Registry

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    Open Registry Editor.
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    Right-click on the "Computer" at the top of the left pane and then click "Export."
Export option to backup entire Registry
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    Select the location, provide a name for the backup and then click "Save."
Export Registry File dialog box

Restore Windows 10 Registry

Restoration of the Registry backup is a simple task and here are the steps:

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    Just find out the Registry backup that you want to restore. Typically, the backup will be in the ".Reg" extension.
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    Once you find the backup, just double-click it.
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    In the confirmation popup, click "Yes."
Confirmation popup to restore specific Registry Key
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    Open Registry Editor.
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    Click File > Import.
Import option in Registry Editor
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    Select the backup file and then click on "Open" button.

Keep in mind that using the above restoration methods works well for the specific Registry key backup, and not for the entire Registry backup.

When you try the above restoration methods for the entire Registry backup, you will see this error message:

Registry restoration error message

That is why the following alternative way is the best choice for backing up and restoring entire Registry.

Alternative Way

"System Restore" is the alternative way to take a backup and restoration of entire Registry which we will see in the next post.

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