Creating a backup and restoring the Windows System Registry

  • Updated:
    • 11 Apr 2016
  • Product/Version:
    • All
  • Platform:
    • Windows 2000 Advanced Server
    • Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
    • Windows 2000 Server
    • Windows 7 32-bit
    • Windows 7 64-bit
    • Windows 8 32-bit
    • Windows 8 64-bit
    • Windows Vista 32-bit
    • Windows Vista 64-bit
    • Windows XP Home
Summary

When troubleshooting Trend Micro antivirus products and solutions, there are cases when the Windows System Registry needs to be updated or edited. As a precautionary measure, we recommend creating a back up and knowing how to restore a damaged or corrupted registry before making any changes.

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  1. Open the Windows Registry Editor by doing either of the following:
    • For Windows XP:
      1. Go to Start > Run.
      2. On the Open field, type "regedit" and press ENTER.
    • For Windows Vista and Windows 7:
      1. Click the Start button.
      2. On the Start Search here field, type "regedit" and then press ENTER.
      3. Click Yes when the User Account Control window appears.
    • For Windows 8:
      1. Press Windows + R keys to open the Run window.
      2. On the Open field, type "regedit" and then press Enter.
  2. Click File > Export.

    Click File > Export

  3. Select the directory where the registry backup will be stored (e.g. desktop).

    Choose the directory

  4. Enter a file name for the registry backup (e.g. Backup Registry Date).

    Provide the File Name

  5. Under Export Range, make sure that the All radio button is selected.

    Export Range

  6. Click Save.
  7. Verify that the backup was created in the specified location in Step 3.
  1. Open the Windows Registry Editor by doing either of the following:
    • For Windows XP:
      1. Go to Start > Run.
      2. On the Open field, type "regedit" and press ENTER.
    • For Windows Vista and Windows 7:
      1. Click the Start button.
      2. On the Start Search here field, type "regedit" and press ENTER.
      3. Click Yes when the User Account Control window appears.
    • For Windows 8:
      1. Press Windows + R keys to open the Run window.
      2. On the Open field, type "regedit" and press ENTER.
  2. Click File > Import.

    Click File > Import

  3. Select the directory where the registry backup will be imported (e.g. desktop) and select the registry backup.

    Locate the backup registry

  4. Click Open.
  5. Restart your computer to begin using the restored registry.

For more information about Windows registry backup, check the following Microsoft articles:

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