How to Backup and Restore Registry in Windows 10

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

In this post, we will see the steps to back up and restore Registry in Windows 10. Let us start.

Backup and Restore Registry in Windows 10

Backup Registry in Windows 10

Remember that you can back up selective Registry Key or entire Registry. Here, we’ll see both.

Backup Selective Key

Step 1: Launch Registry Editor.

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

Step 3: Click on the Export option.

Step 4: In the pop-up, select the location you want, give a name for the backup, and then hit 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 give a name for the backup, which helps you to remember the contents of that one.

Backup of the Entire Registry

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  1. Right-click on the Computer at the top of the left pane and then click Export.
  1. Select the location, provide a name for the backup, and then click Save.

Restore Windows 10 Registry

Method #1

  1. Find the Registry backup that you want to restore. Typically, the backup will be in the .reg extension.
  1. Once you find the backup, double-click it. In the UAC pop-up, hit Yes.
  1. In the confirmation pop-up, click Yes.

Method #2

Open Registry Editor. Click File > Import.

Select the backup file and then click on the Open button.

Note:

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 will see the error message.

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

Alternative Way to Back Up and Restore Entire Registry

System Restore can back up or restore the entire Registry, which we will see in another post.

Remember that System Restore cannot backup or restore a specific Registry key.