Backing up the Windows registry

The Windows registry is not a Symantec program. It is part of Microsoft Windows. The registry information on this page is for your convenience and does not take the place of information from Microsoft.

Backup the Windows registry

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

  2. Type in the following text, and then press Enter.

    regedit

    If the User Account Control window appears, click Continue.

  3. On the File menu, click Export.

  4. In the File name box, type a name that you will remember, such as Registry Backup.

  5. Select a location where you want to save the Registration Entries (.reg) file.

  6. Click Save.

Keep the backup file for a week or so, until you are sure that the changes that you made have not caused any problems.

Restore the Windows registry

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

  2. Type in the following text, and then press Enter.

    regedit

    If the User Account Control window appears, click Continue.

  3. On the File menu, click Import.

  4. Select the registry backup file that you want to restore, and then click Open.

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DOCID: kb20080528170617EN_EndUserProfile_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 02/12/2016