How To Backup The Windows Registry Prior To Making Changes

Windows Registry Editor
The Windows Registry contains multiple sections where modification of key values allows software to be executed automatically when the operating system boots. Spyware can exploit this design to circumvent attempts at removal. The spyware typically will link itself from each location in the registry that allows execution. Once running, the spyware will periodically check if any of these links are removed. If so, they will be automatically restored. This ensures that the spyware will execute when the operating system is booted, even if some (or most) of the registry links are removed.

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. This article will teach you how to backup the Windows Registry prior to making changes.

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.

Also, for added protection of a Windows based computer it’s wise to make a backup of your Windows registry before making any changes to it. These steps to backup the Windows Registry are described in the next section.

Using Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  1. Left click Start Orb .
The Windows Start Orb in Windows 7
The Windows Start Orb in Windows 7

2. Left click the Run Command on the Windows Start Menu.

Running The Regedit Program Through Windows 7 Start Menu Run Command
Running The Regedit Program Through Windows 7 Start Menu Run Command

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.

  • From the list of available choices select Registry Editor.
  • This will load the Windows Registry Editor as shown in the following image:
Windows Registry Editor as Loaded In Windows 7 Professional
Windows Registry Editor as Loaded In Windows 7 Professional

Click the File menu >> select Export Registry.

Running Windows Registry Editor
Running Windows Registry Editor

Select a name on your hard drive and select OK. This will instruct Registry Editor to make a full backup of your Registry settings.

Running a Backup of the Windows Registry
Running a Backup of the Windows Registry
  • Select a folder to store the backed up Windows registry database file.
  • Left click the Save button to proceed with the Save.

Congratulations! You now know how to backup the Windows Registry prior to making changes, important in case you want to tweak the registry and be prepared for potential errors with the backup.

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