How to Backup The Windows Registry

The Windows Registry stores various settings about Windows and installed applications. Editing the Registry can be a great way to customize Windows, but improper editing can cause severe problems. Before you edit the Registry you should back it up to be safe.

Follow these simple steps to backup the Registry.

  1. Go to Start | Run, type regedit and press Enter
  2. Click on the File menu
  3. Click on Export...
  4. Find a location and chose a name for your backup, then make sure that All is selected and click OK. It might take a minute or two. When it is finished you can close the Registry Editor or continue editing.