Archive for December, 2011

How to Back Up the Windows Registry

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

When your computer becomes slow, one of the first things you should do is scan your Windows registry for errors and obsolete entries. Cleaning the registry with a registry cleaner and removing outdated and empty entries from the registry can make your computer a lot faster. In addition to that, there are advanced registry tweaks that can really boost the performance of your PC. However, if registry cleanup and tweaks are performed incorrectly, they can damage your computer so that you will need to reinstall the operating system. That’s why you should always back up the registry before performing cleanup, registry defrag, and tweaking.

There are several ways to back up the Windows registry. Here are the most effective backup methods.

1. Create a System Restore Point

Creating a system restore point is one of the best ways to not only back up the registry, but to ask back up your computer so that you can roll back changes if any of them cause harm. System restore returns your computer to a previous date without deleting your recent files, emails or program settings. Remember that a system restore doesn’t actually back up your files, but it does create a reliable registry backup.

To create a restore point, do the following:

1.    Go to StartAll ProgramsAccessoriesSystem ToolsSystem Restore
2.    Click Create a restore point, then click Next
3.    In the Restore point description text box name the restore point, so that you can easily find it in case you need it
4.    Click Create

2. Export a Selected Branch of the Registry

This backup method is more reliable than creating a system restore point. In addition to that, it needs less disk space because only the selected registry branch is backed up. This method is preferred if you are changing a particular registry key.
Here is how you can export a registry branch:

1.    Click StartRun
2.    Type regedit in the box and click OK
3.    Find  the registry key you are going to edit and click on it
4.    Go to the File menu and click Export
5.    Select where you want to save the file
6.    Name the file and click Save

Now you can restore the backed up registry key if something goes wrong when you are editing registry values. To revert the changes you’ve made, simply double-click on the backup file and the settings stored in it will be added to the registry.