Backup, Edit and Recover Windows Registry Files in Win7/Win8

Posted by Britt Duncan - March 24, 2014

Windows registry keeps record of your activities on the computer, no matter you are downloading something from the Internet, creating a new file or installing a program. It keeps updating all information. There are times that registry turns bulky due to a mass of futile leftover items from uninstallation of programs. Or you need to clean out malignant registry values created by computer malware. But any mistaken operations in deleting registry items may result in system malfunction and program failure. It is essential, therefore, to backup registry files before you make any changes. This post elaborates how to back up, edit and recover registry files in Win7/Win8.

Part one: Make A Copy of Windows Registry Files

1. Tap Win + R at the same time to bring up Run box. Type regedit in it and then press Enter.

2. If a warning message from Users Account Control pops up, click Yes to proceed.

3. At the opening Registry Editor:

a) *To back up the entire registry: click Computer to select all items;

*To export a Registry HKEY Branch: navigate to registry tree with arrow keys to select it. This backs up the entire selected HKEY branch with all subkeys and key values;

*To export a specific Registry KEY: use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move up and down and select the specific item;

b) Move to File tab on the menu and select Export from the list.

c) In the opening Export Registry file window, put in a desirable name and location for the backup files. It is suggested to type in a name and location that is easy for you to remember, e.g., registry backup file and desktop. Click Save.

Part Two: Edit A Registry File

1. Click Start menu, put in regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

2. At the opening Registry Editor:

*For searching for a registry file: click Computer at the left column of registry editor, navigate to Edit tab on the top menu and choose, Find. Tick all Keys, Values, and Data in the Look at settings, then put in the name of registry item you want to search, and click Find Next.

*For adding a new key: move to the file folder where you want to create a new registry key with arrow keys. Right click on the mouse and select New. Choose Keyoption.

If you want to add a value name to the key you just create, right click on it and select New and then String Value. Type in whatever you want and press Enter to apply the change.

If you want to add data to the key you build just now, right click on it and select Modify. Put in specific data value and click OK.

*For deleting a key: use arrow keys to select the registry items you want to delete. Right click on it to display the menu, select Delete and then click Yes to verify the removal.

Part Three: Recover A Registry File

If you carry out wrong operations during editing a registry file, the system may turn unresponsive, unstable or sluggish. In that case, it is suggested to recover the registry with the backup files.

1. Hit Win + R to display Run box. Put in regedit and press Enter. Seeing the warning message from User Account Control, click Yes to continue.

2. Click File and then Import. From the opening window, search for and select the backup registry file. Click Open.

3. Restart the computer for the change to take effect.

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