The system registry in Windows is a complex database of instructions and binary code. If the registry becomes corrupt, the computer will fail to operate. It’s as simple as that.
(Video instructions for this article are available further down this page).
If It’s Not Broken – Leave It Alone
There are thousands of help files on the internet that contain instructions to make changes to the registry. Sometimes these are to solve hardware or software problems, sometimes these are subtle changes to make tweaks to the registry for UI (User Interface) changes.
Whatever the reason that you have for making changes to the registry, before doing so – back it up.
It takes just a few seconds to take a back-up of the system registry. Compared to the hours or days of headaches having to reinstall Windows and get your system all set up again, when something goes wrong.
Creating 2 Safety Nets
In this article, we’ll explain how to create two separate ways to create a “safety-net” to fall back on if you hit problems. The advice is – carry out both of these before making any alterations to registry keys in the system.
- Backup The Registry
- Create A Restore Point
Backing Up Windows Registry
How To Backup Windows registry.
- Open Registry Editor
Method A) Type regedit in the “Type here to search” bar.
Method B) In Command Prompt or Windows Powershell, type & enter regedit
- Export The Current Registry
Within Registry Editor, click File / Export. Save the backup to a safe location.
How To Restore Registry From A Backup
If you have to restore the Registry, repeat and reverse this process, but this time choosing Import and import the file that you saved earlier.
Create A Restore Point
By manually creating a restore point before making changes to the registry, this will allow you to roll the computer back to this “safe-point” before changes were made and things went wrong.
This too is incredibly easy to do and only takes a few seconds.
It is advised to do this as errors in the registry can actually prevent the computer from even booting. Therefore if you find your-self in Windows Recovery Mode, you can execute the System Restore and roll back.
How to create a Restore Point
- Type system protect (into the “Type here to search” bar.
- Open the Control panel app that reads Create A Restore Point.
- Within the System Properties dialog box, click the button that reads Create.
- Give the restore point a name (anything) and complete.
Video Version Of These Instructions
This video is part of a series that we are compiling for YouTube called “Straight to the Point Tutorials”. “How to” instructions – without all the faff!