Backing Up the Windows Registry
We're no great Windows geeks, but we do know how to back up the Windows
registry. If you ever intend on playing around in the Windows registry, you
may want to first consider backing it up or suffer the consequences. While our
articles that involve the registry provide methods to back up certain parts of
the Windows registry, this article tells you how to backup the whole thing.
What's the Windows Registry?
Let's keep it simple. You know you have to check in at the airport to get a
seat on the plane, right? Well, the applications you install, must check in
with Windows. You also get assigned a seat, perhaps by the window, or maybe in
first class. The Registry stores many application settings, too.
From your computer’s desktop, click on the Start button, then click on Run.
In the dialog that appears, type "regedit" (without the quotes) and hit
With the Registry Editor open, click the File menu, then Export.
The Export Registry File dialog appears. Give your registry
backup a name that you will recognize, be sure to save it in a place where you
can easily find it again AND be sure that the “All" radio button is selected in
the Export Range portion of the dialog.
Your mouse arrow icon will be an hourglass while the registry backs up; the
arrow will be showing when the registry back up is complete.
It may take a few seconds for the export to complete, so be patient. Now, go
to the directory where you saved your registry backup, which will also have the
Congratulations! You have successfully backed up your registry!
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