We know that it is important to backup all our data in the computer, but do you know that it is important to backup your Windows registry as well? The registry is the database that contains all the configuration options and settings for the Windows OS. When a virus struck, this is often the first place that it infects. So it is good to have a copy of backup. In addition, if you are hacking into the registry to make some changes, you will want to have a backup on hand, just in case something went wrong and you can restore it back to the original setting.
Before we proceed on to do a backup of your registry, I would advise you to run a registry cleaner program to clean up your registry. This is to ensure that all the useless registry entries left by third party software are removed and you have a lean mean backup.
Backing up your registry
Once you have cleaned up your registry, follow the steps below to backup your registry.
- Press Windows key + R
- Type regedit
- The registry window will appear. At the top of the list, select “Computer”. Go to File->Export.
- Choose a location to save your reg file.
That’s it. You have just backup your registry. Remember to keep this backup reg file in safe place.
Restoring your registry
In the event that something happened and you want to restore your registry, simply double-click on the backup reg file or go to File->Import in the registry window.
Note: The above steps will work for Windows XP and Vista as well.