How to Open Registry Editor, Backup and Restore Registry in Windows 10

In this post, we'll see different ways to open Registry Editor in Windows 10. Also, we'll look at the steps to backup and restore Windows 10 registry. Let's get started.

Open Registry Editor in Windows 10

Here, we'll see the different methods to open Registry Editor in Windows 10. Let's see what they are.

Method #1

The "regedit" command can open Registry Editor in Windows 10, and you can use this command in the following programs:

Run Command

Launch Run Command Box. Type "regedit" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."

Regedit in Run Command

In the User Account Control (UAC) popup, click "Yes" button.

Command Prompt

Launch Command Prompt. Type "regedit" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter" key.

Regedit in Command Prompt

In the UAC popup, click "Yes."

Windows PowerShell

Launch PowerShell. Type "regedit" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."

Regedit command in PowerShell

In the User Account Control popup, click "Yes."

Task Manager

Launch Task Manager. Click File > Run new task.

In the "Create new task" box, type "regedit" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter" key.

Regedit command in Create new task box

In the UAC popup, click "Yes."

Address Toolbar

In the Address Toolbar, type "regedit" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."

Regedit in Address Toolbar

Click "Yes" in the User Account Control popup.

Address Bar File Explorer

In the Address Bar of File Explorer, type "regedit" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter" key.

Regedit in File Explorer Address Bar

Click "Yes" in the UAC popup.

Method #2

Open Start Menu. Type "regedit" (without double quotes), and you can see "regedit" in the search results.

Regedit in search results

Click on it and then click "Yes" in the User Account Control popup.

Method #3

Go to C: > Windows folder. Find and double-click "regedit" file.

Regedit file

In the UAC popup, click "Yes" button.

Backup and Restore Registry in Windows 10

Before doing any changes to the Registry, it is always better to take a backup of it. Let's see how to backup and restore Windows 10 Registry.

Backup Registry in Windows 10

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'll see both in detail.

Backup Selective Key

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    Open Registry Editor.
  • 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."

Notes:

  • 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 the 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

Method #1

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    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, double-click it.
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    In the confirmation popup, click "Yes."
Confirmation popup to restore specific Registry Key

Method #2

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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, not all the data are successfully restored, and you'll see this error message:

Registry restoration error message

That's why the following alternative way is the best choice for backup and restoration of the entire Registry.

Alternative Way to Backup and Restore Entire Registry

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

Remember that "System Restore" can neither take a backup of specific Registry key nor restore it.

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