How to back up and restore the registry in Windows 7

Windows 7 Registry

Back up the registry

  1. Click Start, type regedit.exe in the search box, and then press Enter. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. In Registry Editor, locate and click the registry key or subkey that you want to back up.
  3. Click File > Export.
  4. In the Export Registry File dialog box, select the location where you want to save the backup copy to, and then type a name for the backup file in the File name field.
  5. Click Save.

Restore the registry

  1. Click Start, type regedit.exe in the search box, and then press Enter. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. In Registry Editor, click File > Import.
  3. In the Import Registry File box, select the location where you saved the backup copy to, click to select the backup file, and then click Open.