This tutorial explains how you can backup the Windows XP registry in just minutes, which will one day save you hours, or perhaps days if you are infected with a virus or a harddrive is damaged. Read below to find out how easily you can backup your entire registry to a single, convenient file.

The first thing you will need to do to begin backing up your registry is to open the “Registry Editor”. To do this you must use the “Win + R” (Windows key + “R” key) key combination. Using this key combination will open the “Run” dialogue, which you are going to use to open the “Registry Editor”. The “Run” dialogue will appear like so:



You will need to type into the text box (circled in red in the above screenshot) the text below:



Once you have typed the text above into the text box of the “Run” dialogue, you must click the “OK” button or hit the “Enter” key. Once you have done so, the “Registry Editor” will open and should appear like so:

Registry Editor


Now that you have opened the “Registry Editor” you can now backup your registry. To do so you must click the “File” button in the toolbar at the top of the window, in the top-left corner. In the context menu that appears when you click the “File” button in the toolbar, you must click the “Export” button.


After you have clicked the “Export” button you will be presented with a “Save” dialogue, of which you must enter the preferred name and save location for your registry backup file into. I recommend saving the file as something easy to recognize, such as “Registry Backup dd-mm-yyyy” or something similar. Once you have entered the name for your file, you must click “Save”.


Now, it is recommended that you make copies of this .reg (registry backup) file to a safe place, such as burned to a CD/DVD or copied to a portable storage device.


If you ever need to restore a .reg (registry backup) file then you must open the “Registry Editor” and select the “File” button from the toolbar, select “Import” and then select a .reg (registry backup) file that you backed up earlier and click the “Open” button to import your registry backup.


NOTE: Restoring a registry file can harm your computer, be sure that you are restoring a registry file suitable for your computer’s current configuration.


If you have followed the above tutorial correctly you will now have a registry just as it was at the time of the imported backup.

Be sure to make as many copies of your registry backup file as possible, as if you lose it there is very little chance you will be able to get it back in the exact condition it was at the time it was saved. Enjoy your new Windows registry knowledge.