How to Backup & Restore Windows 10 Registry?

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Windows registry is one of the most sensitive databases, which houses all system settings that your computer needs to run for different software or even to boot your computer while starting.

It is highly advised not to meddle with this database. Even the slightest change in registry keys can render serious issues. You may not be able to start your computer; certain default programs may crash, programs may even start to malfunction: you may lose indispensable data also, etc.

Keeping in note all these conditions, it is always recommended to keep a backup of this database. Although there are several methods involving third-party tools. But here in this article, we will show you ways of using system restore to easily backup and restore your registry database.

 

How to Backup Entire Registry utilizing System Restore?

System Restore is a Windows default program designed to repair and protect system software. It usually takes “snapshots” of certain system files, like registry keys, etc, and stores them as restore points for later use if need be, like restoring the entire PC to working condition if any system corruption or mayhem occurs without your notice.

Now here in this method, we will use this very same System Restore tool to first backup our entire registry database and later will restore it back.

Step guidelines are given below:

Step 1: Go to “Start”.
Step 2: Search for “Create a restore point” in the search bar, and choose the topmost option in the search result.
Step 3: Click on the “System” drive under the “Protection Settings” tab.
Step 4: Next, click the “Configure” option.

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Step 5: Off the next operating Window, toggle on the “Turn on system protection” option.

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Step 6: Click the “Apply” and then the “Ok” button.
Step 7: Now click the “Create” button.

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Step 8: Give a descriptive name to this “Backup” module and then click the “Create” button.

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Step 9: Click the “Close” button and then “Ok”.

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And you are done for the time being.
A copy of your registry has been created, which you can use later on to revert your settings to normalcy or repair system concussions while booting up.

 

How To Restore Registry Using System Restore?

Since we already have a backup of the registry, here we will only focus on restoring just the database.
We can either pull it off from desktop or from Advanced Startup Environment.
Oh, relax, we will show you both the ways in detail.
Just stick to the steps to avoid any mishaps:

Restore Registry from Desktop:

Step 1: Go to “start” and type “create a restore point” in the search bar, and select the topmost option.
Step 2: In the operating Windows that shows up, click the “System Restore” button.
Step 3: Click the “Next” button.

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Step 4: Now choose the restore point that we had created in the first place, which stores the backup of the registry database.

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Step 5: Finally, click the “Next” button and then “Finish”.

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Restore Registry in Recovery

In case, your pc is unable to boot into Windows 10, then you need to access the Advanced System Environment to make use of System Restore to restore the registry database backup. Now, this too can be done in two ways:

#1: Accessing Recovery Without any Bootable Disk

Step 1: Switch on your computer and as soon as the Windows logo button appears, press the “Power” button immediately. This trick interrupts the booting process.
Step 2: Now, you have to repeat this interruption trick 2 to 3 times until opens into the Advanced Startup Environment.
Step 3: In the blue screen, click the “Troubleshoot” button.

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Step 4: Choose the “System Restore” option.

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Step 5: Select your target OS, if you have multiple OS installed. Like “Windows 10” in the present case.

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Step 6. Click the “Next” option and then choose the restore point with the Registry backup we had created previously.

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Step 7. Eventually, click the “Next” button and then the “Finish” button.

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After you are done, your entire registry will be restored and you shall be able to boot Windows 10.

#2: Accessing Recovery with Bootable Disk

To proceed with this method, you need to possess a bootable pen drive or CD/DVD disk with pre-installed Windows 10 installation files.

Step 1: Insert the pen drive into the right place, switch on your PC, and press any key to proceed.
(NOTE: Before you continue, make sure that your computer is set to boot from the connected media. Otherwise, you have to change the booting configuration from the BIOS/CMOS settings.)
Step 2: Click the “Next” button.

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Step 3: Select the “Repair your computer” option from the bottom left corner.

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Step 4: Click the “Troubleshoot” option.

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Step 5: Click the “System Restore” option.

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Step 6: Choose your target OS, like Windows 10 in our case.
Step 7: Click the “Next” button.
Step 8: Choose the “Restore point” we have already created.

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Step 9: Finally click the “Next” and then the “Finish” button.

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Once all the steps are executed, your registry will be restored. You can now find your way to start your computer.

Conclusion:

In the latest updates of Windows 10, restore points will be created automatically during system updates, and app installs. This you can use later to revert your system to previous conditions.
In addition to system protection tools, there is a Registry Export option also from the file menu to create a full registry backup. Although it is not mentioned in this article, you can give it a try.
But make sure to create a backup always.

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