How to Backup and Restore the Registry in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users the steps to back up and restores the registry in Windows 11. Windows registry is a database that stores all of Windows settings in a hierarchical structure, including most applications installed on your system. It is very critical and making mistakes in the Windows registry is something you might want to avoid.

Since we write about enhancing and improving Windows on this site lot, and some of your guides show you to do it in the registry, we want to show you how to make a backup of the Windows registry to protect your system in cases where mistakes were made and restoring your system is the only option to get it working again.

A mistake in the Windows registry can be dangerous and render your system inoperable. So keeping the Windows registry healthy and clean should be your priority.

There might be other tools that one can use to back up and restore the Windows registry. However, the registry’s export and import feature is a solid option to use. There’s no substitute for a solid backup plan, so it’s a good idea to protect your system by creating a backup of your registry before making any changes to it.

To get started with backing up and restoring the registry in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to backup Windows registry

As mentioned above, it’s always a good practice to back up the Windows registry before making changes. If you have other tools to back up the registry, then use them. However, the Windows registry export and import feature is a great option.

Click the Start menu, then search for Registry Editor. Under Best match, click the Registry Editor app to open.

This should open the Windows registry app.

Next, click File ==> Export as shown below.

In the export window, select the location you want to save the backup, then type in a file name for your backup. You may want to include today’s date in the file name for easy reference. 

At the bottom of the export window, you have two options under Export Range.

  • All: this will back up the ENTIRE registry.
  • Selected Branch: this will only backup the registry key you had selected and all subkeys within it.

When you’re ready, click the Save button to save the registry.

This could take a minute or two to export the entire registry.

How to restore the Windows registry

After exporting the registry, you can always restore it and bring it back to the state in which it was when you exported it. This is useful in cases where you’ve made mistakes and wants to restore the registry to its working state.

To import the registry, open the Registry Editor by searching for it in the Start menu. Then click File ==> Import as shown below.

Next, browse to the location in which you saved the exported file. Select it, then click Open to import.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to export and import the Windows registry. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.