How to Back Up and Restore Registry in Windows 10

In this post, you will see the steps to back up and restore Registry in Windows 10.

Here you will also see the different methods for opening the Registry Editor in Windows 10 and the steps for creating a shortcut for it. Let’s get started.

How to Open the Registry Editor in Windows 10

Method #1

The command regedit can launch Registry Editor on Windows 10, and you can use it on one of the following programs:

  • Run Command
  • Command Prompt
  • PowerShell
  • Task Manager (In it, click File > Run new task to use the command)
  • Address toolbar
  • Address bar of File Explorer

Then click the Yes button in the UAC pop-up after you have used the command in one of the above programs.

Method #2

Open the Start menu. Enter regedit, and you will see the Registry Editor app in the search results.

Click it and then click Yes in the User Account Control pop-up.

Method #3

Go to C: > Windows folder and double-click the regedit file. In the UAC pop-up, click the Yes button.

How to Create a Shortcut for the Registry Editor

Follow the steps below to create a Registry Editor shortcut on your Windows 10 desktop or File Explorer.

Right-click on the empty area of the desktop or File Explorer. Move the mouse over “New” in the context menu. Click on “Shortcut.”

Enter regedit in the “Create Shortcut” pop-up.

Click on the button “Next.”

Enter the name of the shortcut if you do not like the suggested name. Click the “Finish” button.

How to Back Up Registry in Windows 10

Before making any changes to the Registry, it is always best to make a backup.

Remember that you can back up a selective Registry key or the entire Registry. You will see both here.

Backup Selective Key

Step 1: Launch Registry Editor.

Step 2: Right-click on the Key that you want to back up.

Step 3: Click on the Export option.

Step 4: Select the desired location in the pop-up, enter a name for the backup, and then press Save.

Notes:

Remember that when you back up a key, it is also backed up along with its subkeys, if any.

I suggest that you provide a name for the backup that will help you remember the contents of that backup.

Backup of the Entire Registry

Open the Registry Editor.

Right-click on the Computer at the top left pane and then click Export.

Select the location, enter a name for the backup, and then click Save.

How to Restore Windows 10 Registry

Method #1

Find the Registry backup you want to restore. The backup will be in the .reg extension.

Once you have found the backup, double-click it. In the UAC pop-up, click Yes.

Click Yes in the confirmation pop-up.

Method #2

Open the Registry Editor and click File > Import.

Select the backup file and then click the Open button.

Note:

Remember that using the above restoration methods works well for specific Registry Key backups and not for the entire Registry backup.

If you try the above restoration methods for the entire Registry backup, not all data is successfully restored and you will see an error message.

For this reason, the following method is the best choice to back up and restore the entire Registry.

An Alternative Way to Back Up and Restore Entire Registry

System Restore can backup or restore the entire Registry, as we will see in another post.

Remember that System Restore cannot back up or restore a particular Registry key.