How to Make A Backup of the Windows Registry Prior to Making Changes

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The Windows registry is basically a huge database of settings for all hardware and software installed on your computer. Editing the Windows Registry is not a complicated procedure but if you make a mistake and delete an existing registry required by another program, your system will probably become even more unstable then how it was before. So if you are making changes to the Windows registry, understand what you are editing and why you are editing, because a simple change can result in a potential catastrophe.  This blog will outline how to make a backup of the settings found within the Windows registry before making any changes to it.


How to Backup Windows Registry Settings Using Windows Vista or Windows 7:

win7_startOrb1. Left click Start Orb.

  1. Left click Start Search.

If there is no Start Search item on your Windows Start menu press the Windows Start Key and R at the same time to open the run dialog window. In the open box type the command regedit and press Enter or left click the OK button.

How to Backup the Windows Registry - Open Registry Editor Using the Windows Run Command
How to Backup the Windows Registry – Open Registry Editor Using the Windows Run Command
  1. In the search box or in the Run window type the command REGEDIT and wait.

How to Backup the Windows Registry - Running the Registry Editor Program in Windows Vista/7

    How to Backup the Windows Registry – Running the Registry Editor Program in Windows Vista/7
  1. From the list of available choices select Registry Editor, or regedit.

  2. This will load the Windows Registry Editor.

The Windows Registry Editor as Run in Windows 7 and Vista
The Windows Registry Editor as Run in Windows 7 and Vista (The Windows Registry editor is your tool for making modifications and tweaks to the Windows operating system).

 

  1. Click the File menu >> select Export Registry.
Exporting the Registry Settings Through Windows Registry Editor
Exporting the Registry Settings Through Windows Registry Editor
  1. Select a name on your hard drive by entering a name in the file name box and select OK. This will instruct Registry Editor to make a full backup of your Registry settings to the location specified.
Saving the Settings to a New Registry File
Saving the Settings to a New Registry File
  1. Select a folder to store the backed up Windows registry database file.

  2. Left click the Save button to proceed with the Save.

Congratulations! You now know how to save a backup copy of the Windows registry settings to a location on your computer.


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