Registry is an indispensable part of Windows operating system. This database contains important information that stores all settings of the computer’s operating system, including configuration and driver information for devices. In other words, anything important you can think of is stored inside the Registry.
Even so important, it is an open database that allows users to change data. Using the Registry to edit the system is always one of the top choices for users and sometimes leads to serious system failures. So to make sure the Registry can be “safe” under any circumstances, you should back up this database before making any changes to the system and restore it if something goes wrong. .
This article will guide you on a simple way to backup and restore Registry settings in Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8/7. Please follow the article.
What is the Windows Registry?
The Windows Registry is basically a huge internal database containing important, specific information about your computer, and related to almost anything on your computer like:
- System hardware
- Software and drivers installed
- System installation
- Profile information
Opening a program, installing new software, and making hardware changes all require Windows to refer to information contained in the Registry. When things started to go wrong, many people decided to interfere with the Registry without really understanding its meaning.
In fact, the fragment of the software registry deleted or orphaned registry (registry associated with the uninstalled programs) is very small in size and does not cause the computer to experience any problems at all.
However, when it comes time to really troubleshoot the Registry, it’s important to know what you’re doing, and the best way is often the easiest.
What causes Registry errors?
There are a few common causes of Registry errors, some for concern, others not:
1. Orphan Items : This is not a problem. These “orphan” entries appear when you uninstall the program and fragments of the registry entry are left behind. Many Registry fixes will claim this to be an issue at once, but in reality, they only take up a few kilobytes of data on your computer.
2. Duplicate Key : This is not a problem. These duplicate keys are generated when you reinstall, upgrade or update the software on your computer, including the operating system. Registry fix software reports that the software will be confused by duplicate entries, slowing down the computer, but in reality, this is not possible.
3. Registry fragmentation : Not a problem. Similar to duplicate keys, Registry fragments when software is uninstalled, upgraded or updated.
4. System shutdown error : Not sure what will cause the problem. Each time the computer shuts down, a copy of the Registry will be saved to the system memory. If the computer suddenly turns off, crashes, or stops working for some other reason, a copy of the Registry might cause the problem in the future, but this is unlikely to happen.
5. Malware and viruses : This is a big deal. Malware and viruses of all types frequently attack and modify the registry and will need immediate attention.
Registry cleaning software will often identify problems 1 – 4 as serious, potentially destroying devices. In fact, only problem 5 will make you act immediately. If you suspect you have a malware problem, check out our complete malware removal guide .
Manually backup and restore the Registry on Windows
Step 1: Press the
R key combination to open the Run command window .
Step 2: Type the following command and press Enter:
Step 3: To back up the Registry , first go to File> Export.
Step 4: In the window that appears, click on All under Export range and enter the desired file name. Choose a save location and click Save to save the Registry ‘s backup data .
Step 5: If you want to restore the Registry just backed up above, you also open the Registry Editor as in steps 1, 2, go to File> Import .
Step 6: Next, choose the location where you saved the backup and click Open.
Wait a moment for the system to restore the Registry. So you are successful!
Backup and restore Registry with Restore Point
Step 1: First, enter the
restore point in the Seach box in the Start Menu or on the Taskbar, then click Create a Restore Point.
Step 2: In the new window that appears, select Local Disk (C 🙂 (Windows installation drive) and click Configure.
Step 3: In the Restore Settings section , select Turn on system protection . Go to Max Usage and set the maximum value to 10%.
Step 4: Click Apply to apply and then click OK.
Step 5: The screen returns to the previous window, you continue to select your Windows drive and then click Create.
Step 6: Enter a name for Restore Point to back up the Registry and click Create.
Step 7: Wait a while for the system to create a Restore Point. When finished, click Close.
Step 8: If you want to restore the Registry just backed up by Restore Point above, you also open Create a Restore Point as step 1, and select System Restore on the tab System Protection
Step 9: In the next interface, select the restore point just created above and click Next.
Step 10: Follow the instructions on the screen to complete, click Finish when finished.
Now you have successfully restored Windows Registry .
In general, it’s a good idea to back up the Windows Registry before making any changes to your system, as in case something goes wrong, simply restoring it back to the way it was won’t matter. Try it out. Good luck!
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