How To Backup and Restore Registry in Windows


Registry Editor is an advanced tool for viewing and changing settings in your system registry, which contains information about how your computer runs. Almost anything can be achieved by editing the registry but keep in mind- most of the important system settings are stored inside the Registry.


Making incorrect changes in the registry can crash your system. It’s highly advisable to backup the registry before editing any portion of it. So, here are three methods for safe backing and restoring of your System Registry. All methods are working for all Windows Versions including Windows 7

Backup and Restore Registry in Windows

First Method: Registry Backup Using System Restore


One way to backup the registry is to create a System Restore snapshot. System Restore returns your computer to a previous snapshot without losing recent personal information, such as documents, history lists, favorites, or e-mail. It monitors the computer and many applications for changes and creates restore points. You restore these snapshots when your configuration isn’t working. This is the easiest and most common method for making a backup. It does not require any technical skills and can be done by anyone.

System Restore For Windows XP 

Create a New System Restore point. 

Go to Start >> All programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> System Restore. Create a new System Restore Point by Clicking Create a restore point and then click Next.


To Restore From previously created System Restore Point

Go to system Restore as explained above. From the Welcome to System Restore screen of the System Restore Wizard select Restore my computer to an earlier time. Then select the date you created the restore point from the calendar in the Select a Restore Point screen. All of the restore points you created and you computer created on the selected date are listed by name in the list box to the right of the calendar.


System Restore Point For VistaWindows7 Even though this method is easy, it is often unreliable in case you want to rollback the registry changes made a longtime ago, in which case the System Restore might have purged that particular restore point – due to space constraints or due to a recent system restore point or even a Restore point corruption. But, Due to its simplicity, it is still advised to first use this method.

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  • Right-click on theComputer icon in the Desktop, and choose Properties
  • In the left pane, clickSystem Protection
  • Alternately, to access the System Protection tab directly, clickStart and type Sexe
  • If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

 All the Steps are similar to as described for XP.

Second Method: Backing Selected Parts of Registry

System restore point should be the first line of defense. However, in certain cases, it is preferable to back up and restore only selected parts of registry. For example, if you want to make changes to registry for trying a certain Visual element hack or for repairing a particular problem. In such cases, only restoring selected parts of registry is required. It can be done in following Steps

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  • Click Start, and then click Run. Or else, Just type Windows + R keys together to bring the run dialog box
  • In the Open Dialog box, type regedit.exe, and then click OK
  • You’ll be shown the entire registry hive which will look something like this


  • Locate and then click the key that contains the value that you want to edit.
  • Right-click on the key and choose Export.


  • In the Save in box, select a location where you want to save the Registration Entries (.reg)
  • In the File name box, type a file name, and then click Save.

This creates your backup of system Registry. Save the .Reg file in a secure location. Now to restore your Registry to previous version, just double click the .REG file. It automatically merges the contents to the Registry.

Third Method: Backing up the whole Registry

To backup the entire registry (in hive format) you can use the excellent ERUNT (The Emergency Recovery Utility for NT) Utility, which can be used in Windows NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista and also in Windows 7.
Download ERUNT and install it.

ERUNT sets up a shortcut in the Startup group that backs up the registry for the current day, during the first Windows startup for the day. You can make manual backups also which is quite easy to do using this tool. It is described as a step by step process below:
Step 1.  Start the Erupt


Step 2. Choose a location for the backup

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The default location C:WINDOWSERDNT[today’s date] is preferred. The first two check boxes are ticked by default (System registry and Current user registry).

Step 3. Press OK


When Prompted, Click yes to create a New Folder. Now Progress bar will show backup status and display a message when the backup would finish. A Simple solution.


This is the entire method for Backup and Restore Registry in Windows. This whole procedure takes five minutes to be completed. I hope this can be terribly useful for you. If you found this Backup and Restore Registry in Windows tutorial helpful for you then share your comments with us and share this article on social media along with your friends.


  1. Interesting! I’ve used Rollback rx to backup my registries but I know a lot of people who use Windows System Restore.

  2. Troy McAvoy says:

    If you want to test changes, I would suggest doing it in a VM or better yet, in a third-party system restore software (ie Rollback Rx). That way you can reverse any changes and not have to worry about losing restore points, which is quite common with Windows’ system restore.


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