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Title: Import or Export Windows System Registry
Article ID: VIS1034
Updated: 4/19/2007
Operating Systems: Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2000 / Me / 98
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Symptom:
 
How do I Import or Export a copy of my Windows System registry?
 
Solution:
 
Before running an uninstall utility or making system changes you may want to export a copy of your Windows System registry. Going through this procedure will allow you to restore your registry to its previous state, should you experience any system problems after uninstalling software.
 
This article provides step-by-step instructions on exporting (section 1) and importing (section 2) a copy of your Windows System Registry.
 
Section 1 - Exporting a Copy of the Windows System Registry:
 
Windows Vista Users
 
  1. Click on the Windows button
  2. In the "Start Search" box, type in "regedit" then press enter on your keyboard
    • If a message appears "Windows needs your permission to continue", click "Continue"
  3. Once the Registry Editor opens, click on "Computer" at the top of the Registry list (on the upper left side of the Registry window.)



  4. Click on "File" then choose "Export"



  5. In the "Export Registry File" window, click on the "Desktop" button. In the "File name" field type "BackUp [Date]" then click on the "Save" button



  6. Close the Registry Editor window by selecting "File" and choosing "Exit"
This will place a copy of your Windows System Registry on your Windows Desktop so that it may be easily accessed, should you need to import your old registry at a later date. If, after a few days, you do not experience any problems you may choose to delete this file.
 
Windows XP Users
 
  1. Click on then select
  2. In the "open" path, type in: "regedit" then click on "OK".



    The Windows System Registry window will open.

  3. Click on "My Computer" at the top of the Registry list (on the upper left side of the Registry window.) Now click on "File" then choose "Export".



  4. In the "Save As" window click on the "Desktop" button. Type in the "Name" field: BackUp [Date] then click on the "Save" button.



  5. This will place a copy of your Windows System Registry on your Windows Desktop so that it may be easily accessed, should you need to import your old registry at a later date. If, after a few days, you do not experience any problems you may choose to delete this file.



  6. Close the registry window by selecting "File" and choosing "Exit".
 
Windows 2000 / Me / 98 Users
 
  1. Click on then select
  2. In the "open" path, type in: "regedit" then click on "OK".



    The Windows System Registry window will open.

  3. Click on "My Computer" at the top of the Registry list (on the upper left side of the Registry window.) Now click on "Registry" then choose "Export Registry File".



  4. In the "Save As" window click on the "Desktop" button. Type in the "Name" field: BackUp [Date] then click on the "Save" button.



  5. This will place a copy of your Windows System Registry on your Windows Desktop so that it may be easily accessed, should you need to import your old registry at a later date. If, after a few days, you do not experience any problems you may choose to delete this file.



  6. Close the registry window by selecting "Registry" and choosing "Exit".
 
Section 2 - Importing a Copy of the Windows System Registry:
 
Windows Vista Users
 
  1. Close any open programs or windows
  2. Click on the Windows button
  3. In the "Start Search" box, type in "regedit" then press enter on your keyboard
    • If a message appears "Windows needs your permission to continue", click "Continue"
  4. Once the Registry Editor opens, click on "Computer" at the top of the Registry list (on the upper left side of the Registry window)



  5. Click on "File" then choose "Import"



  6. In the "Import Registry File" window, click on the "Desktop" button then select the file you created in section 1 (Backup [date] and click on the "Open" button



  7. Close the Registry Editor window by selecting "File" and choosing "Exit"
 
Windows XP Users
 
  1. Click on then select
  2. In the "open" path, type in: "regedit" then click on "OK".



    The Windows System Registry window will open.

  3. Click on "My Computer" at the top of the Registry list (on the upper left side of the Registry window.) Now click on "File" then choose "Import".



  4. In the Open window click on the "Desktop" button, and select the file you created in section 1: BackUp [Date] then click on the "Open" button.



  5. The registry import will begin. After this has completed you should see a message stating that the import has been completed. Click on the "OK" button.



  6. Close the registry window by selecting "File" and choosing "Exit".
 
Windows 2000 / Me / 98 Users
 
  1. Click on then select
  2. In the "open" path, type in: "regedit" then click on "OK".



    The Windows System Registry window will open.

  3. Click on "My Computer" at the top of the Registry list (on the upper left side of the Registry window.) Now click on "Registry" then choose "Import Registry File".



  4. In the "Open" window click on the "Desktop" button. Select the file name you specified in Section 1: BackUp [Date] then click on the "Open" button.



  5. The registry import will begin. After this has completed you should see a message stating that the import has been completed. Click on the "OK" button.



  6. Close the registry window by selecting "Registry" and choosing "Exit".

 

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