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How to Backup and Restore Windows 11 Registry

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It is necessary to do a registry backup in Windows 11 to maintain system stability and functionality and restore it when it is safe. The Windows Registry is a critical database that stores essential settings and configurations for your OS, hardware, and software.

This functionality helps to safeguard against accidental modifications, recover from malware or virus infections, and facilitate major system changes. Before making significant registry edits, installing new software or hardware, running system cleaning or optimization tools, or as part of a regular system maintenance routine, it may be necessary to consider a backup.

1. Backup and Restore Registry in Windows 11 With System Restore

System restore is a viable tool for completing the registry backup in Windows 11. It is also capable of restoring your backup when you need it. It provides some simple steps to make this task very easy and smooth to navigate. Use the following steps to complete this solution:

Backup

  1. Press the Windows + S keys together, type Create a restore point into the search field, and open the relevant result.
    create a restore point for Registry Backup on Windows 11
  2. You should have the System Protection tab appearing before you.
  3. In the Protection Settings section, click the system drive (C:) followed by the Configure button.
    configure Registry Backup on Windows 11
  4. Then, select the Turn on system protection option, click Apply and OK.
  5. On the System Properties window, click the Create button.
    create registry backup on Windows 11
  6. Then, enter a name for the Windows 11 Registry backup and click the Create button.

Restore

  1. Press the Windows + S keys together, type Create a restore point into the search field, and open the relevant result.
    create a restore point for Registry Backup on Windows 11
  2. In the Protection Settings section, click the  System Restore button.
    system restore option after registry backup on Windows 11
  3. When the restore screen appears, click Next.
  4. Finally, select the restore point, click Next, and Finish when the process is complete.
    Select Registry backup

2. Backup and Restore in Windows 11 With the Registry Editor

The Registry Editor is a very fine tool for completing a registry backup in Windows 11, if not the main tool. This tool shows you all the registry keys and provide utilities to ensure this action is safely executed. The following steps directs you on how to do this:

Backup

  1. Press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click Enter.
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  2. When the UAC prompt appears, click Yes to confirm.
  3. Once the Registry Editor opens, find and click the registry key or subkey you intend to backup.
    • The keys may include folders, DWORDs, and Strings.
    • Selecting a folder will backup everything inside it.
      The registry key to backup on Windows 11
  4. Then, click File at the top of the display and select the Export option. 
    The export option to Backup Registry on Windows 11
  5. Find an appropriate location to backup the key, give it a name, and verify that the file type is .reg.
  6. Finally, click the Save button.
  7. You can use the saved file to undo modifications or configure another computer using the same changes.

Restore

  1. Press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click Enter.
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  2. When the UAC prompt appears, click Yes to confirm.
  3. Then, click File at the top of the display and select the Import option. 
  4. When the Import Registry File dialog box appears, open the location of the saved backup file, select the file, and click Open.
    Import dialogue to restore Registry Backup Windows 11

In conclusion, always do a registry backup before making any modifications to Windows 11. Ensure you store backups safely, separate from your main system. Be cautious when modifying the registry, as even minor changes can have unintended consequences.

Remember, backing up the registry is a precautionary measure, not a substitute for caution when making system changes. Be sure to studiously follow the steps in the solution guide. If you’re having issues with your system restore failing, we have written on the best ways to fix it.

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