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Published on 11.28.07 by Brent Trahan

Backup the Registry in Windows Vista

This guide shows you how-to backup Windows Vista’s registry.

The registry is the place where all settings for Windows Vista and most programs are kept. Most of these settings are set by Windows or in the programs themselves, but some settings can only be changed by directly editing the registry itself.

Editing the registry directly can cause irreversible damage to your computer sometimes making it unusable.

This guide shows you how to backup your registry in Windows Vista just encase something bad happens.

Backup Windows Vista’s Registry

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Right-click Computer and then select Properties.
  3. Click Advanced system settings on the left of the System window.
  4. Select the System Protection tab in the System Properties window.
  5. Click Create.


  6. Give the restore point a name.


  7. Click Create to create a restore point.

Your registry will now be backed up.


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  1. anonymousjohnt says:

    Using regedit -> file -> export is by far faster, easier, and more reliable. System restore will not work if there is a bad link (ie. you deleted software manually or moved important files). The export function creates a .reg file which will always work, can be edited, and can be saved on a thumb drive or other backup media.

    • mel says:

      Hey i did backup using regedit, and I played around with some of the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT permission settings and now i cant open any program or file in my computer. i’m really really frantic because i cant even open ‘my computer’ or click ‘properties’ for my computer.

      i tried to backup using the .reg file i exported earlier but it says that ‘some keys are open by the registry or other processes’ but i have nothing on except mozilla and regedit and i have restarted my laptop several times.

      is there another way to return to default registry settings?

      please help!!

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