Nov 28, 2008

Backup Registry in Windows

Windows registry is the tool which allows you to change any setting of windows and contains all the information about running you system smoothly.

Even though it give so much control over your windows system it is advisable to use registry only if you don't have any other option. Any incorrect entries might render your system unusable so be careful while editing it.

The best option to be on the safer side is to backup the registry before making any changes to it.

One way of doing it is by creating a system restore point when everything is working fine. How you create a restore point and how you can restore your system to a previous state is given here.

Another way of backing up the registry is to Export the branch which you are going to edit. To do this-

--- Go to start menu --> run and type regedit and press enter.

--- Then go to the address in which the registry entry is to be edited.

--- In the left pane right click on that key which you want to backup and click Export.

--- In the next Save as window name the file as you wish and save it as a .reg file.

--- And save it to a location which is safe.

--- If you want to get these settings back you just need to double click on the .reg file you created and merge it.

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