Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Backup and Restore Windows Registry

*** This tutorial is for beginners and not for any advanced users.

There are a lot of cases with Windows XP where you would want to edit the registry entries. Every time before you edit the registry, you are advised to take a back up of your registry. You never know what you are going to end up with. You may either export the keys in the registry that you plan to edit, or back up the whole registry. If a problem occurs, you can then follow the steps how-to restore the registry to its previous state.

How to Export Registry Keys

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. On the File menu, click Export. The Export Registry File window appears as shown.
  4. At the bottom of Export Registry File window, you will see two radio buttons under 'Export Range'. Select either of the choices according as to whether you want to export all or only selected branches of the registry.
  5. Now select a location in which to save the backup .reg file. In the File name box, type a file name, and then click Save.

How to Restore the Registry

To restore registry keys that you exported, double-click the .reg file that you saved.