Registry Editor is a Windows built-in editor tool that allows windows users to do tweaks to the Windows operating system as per their needs.
But before doing any changes in the registry, one should take a backup registry editor, as it is one of the essential editor tools of windows, if any changes are made in the registry without taking backup then your data may get damaged and later it’ll be very difficult to recover the windows data files.
How to Create a Backup Registry editor
There are a few methods to take Registry Registry but the most common one is the Register editor itself for selective backups, system restore tool and task scheduler.
Backup Registry editor Via Registry
- Press the Win + R key, the Run dialog box will open and type Regedit to open the Registry Editor tool.
- Navigate to any file that you want to take backup.
- Just right-click on the key that you have selected and select Export.
- Select the location where you want to save the registry keys file and rename the file name. Then click Save to create the backup.
Backup Registry editor Via Command Prompt
If you want to take backup through the command method then you can also use the command-line interface to export registry keys and entries.
Follow the below steps to take complete registry backup via the command prompt method.
- In your windows system on the start menu type cmd, and the command prompt option will be shown.
- Just right-click on the command option and opt for run as administrator.
- Then type the command REG EXPORT “Registry key” “Filename. REG” and press enter.
- If you want to take a backup of the entire registry, then you have to use the “REG SAVE” command in the command prompt.
Backup Registry editor Via System Restore Point
The System Restore is a Windows built-in tool that allows creating a snapshot of the system as a restore point.
When your system gets any issue or any windows registry file gets corrupt then you can restore the windows registry to this point anytime, which is an amazing feature provided by Microsoft.
This tool naturally takes backups of your registry in the background.
To create a system restore point of your Registry backup file, follow the below steps:
- Go to My Computer, right-click on it and select the option properties,
- In the About window, on the right side, you can see system protection.
- Click on ‘System protection‘ settings under system properties.
- Then you will see the ‘system restore‘ section.
- Here, you need to click on the Create tab to begin with the process. Type the description you want to and choose the Create option.
- And wait for the process to complete the restore point.
- Backup Registry editor Via Task Scheduler
The Task Scheduler feature allows system users to schedule any tasks like the backup task, time sync task etc.
With this Task Scheduler method, you can create a backup for the registry file in the %windir%\System32\config folder.
Follow the below step for the registry backup task:
- Open the Task Scheduler by typing taskschd.msc in the Run dialog box.
- Then navigate to Task Scheduler Library>Microsoft>Windows>Registry in the left pane.
- Here you can, right-click on RegIdleBackup and choose Run.
- And backup of the registry editor takes place.
How to Restore the Data Backup Registry editor
- Open the Windows Registry Editor and go to the File tab and click on file Import in the context menu.
- An Import Registry File window will open, select the Backup file that you had exported earlier on the specified location and click on Open at the bottom.
- Then click on the Yes tab and continue with the registry information backup import process.
- Now you have successfully restored lost data for the registry editor.
Where is the registry backup editor stored?
In Windows 10, version, 1803 OS build Windows automatically take backup of the registry editor to the RegBack folder (\Windows\System32\config\RegBack).
However, with the latest versions of the Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems, it no longer does that. When you try to take a backup of Windows Registry Editor by yourself, it gives you the option to choose where you want to save it.
Does Windows backup save the registry?
Yes. Whenever you (or the System Restore functionality) create a restore point from the system restore option on your computer, Windows also take backup of the entire registry.
Now you have understood and know, how to take backup of the entire Registry, it is an essential part of keeping your Windows computer secure and trouble-free. It must be stressed that any changes to any part of the Registry should be done with utmost care.