How to backup Registry on Windows 11

Windows 11 provides multiple ways to backup the Registry database, and here's how.

Windows 11 Registry backup
  • To create a Registry backup on Windows 11, open System Protection, select the drive, and click “Create.”
  • To create a backup of the Registry manually, open the Registry Editor, select “Computer,” click “File” and select “Export.”

On Windows 11, if you are not careful editing the Registry, many problems could happen, which means that creating a backup of the entire Registry is critical.

The Registry is an essential component of Windows 11. It’s a hierarchical database that stores low-level settings of the operating system and those applications designed to use this database. Usually, you should never make changes to the system database. However, sometimes, it might be necessary to fix problems or tweak settings you couldn’t do any other way.

If you plan to make system changes, Windows 11 includes at least two ways to create a backup and restore the Registry using System Restore and Registry Editor.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to create a backup of the Windows 11 Registry. We’ll also look at the steps to recover the Registry from a backup.

Backup registry using System Restore on Windows 11

To create a backup of the Registry on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 11.

  2. Search for Create a restore point and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Under the “Protection Settings” section, select the system drive (C) and click the Configure button.

    Protection settings on Windows 11

  4. Select the “Turn on system protection” option.

    Enable system protection

  5. Click the Apply button.

  6. Click the OK button.

  7. Click the Create button.

    Create Registry backup

  8. Confirm a name for the Windows 11 Registry backup.

  9. Click the Create button.

  10. Click the Close button.

Once you complete the steps, the system will create a restore point that includes system files, installed applications, system settings, and more importantly, a backup of the entire Registry database. Then you can use the same tool to restore your computer to a working condition.

Restore registry backup using System Restore on Windows 11

System Restore offers multiple ways to recover the Registry on Windows 11. If you have access to the desktop, you can restore the database to its previous state using the System Restore app. If you don’t have access to the desktop, you can use the recovery tools to boot in Safe Mode or Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE).

You can use these steps to start the computer in Safe Mode and then continue with the steps below. If you can’t start the device, use these instructions to access the Advanced startup environment. Then go to  Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > System Restore, and continue with step 4 below.

To restore the Registry from a previous backup, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Create a restore point and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Click the System Restore button.

    System Restore recovery

  4. Click the Next button.

  5. Select the restore point to restore the Registry on Windows 11.

    Select Registry backup

  6. Click the Next button.

  7. Click the Finish button.

After you complete the steps, the computer may need a reboot to finish restoring the backup.

Backup Registry using Registry Editor on Windows 11

To create a backup by exporting the Registry database on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for regedit and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Click on Computer on the left side.

  4. Click the File menu and select the Export option.

    Registry export to file

  5. Confirm a name for the Registry backup.

    Save Registry backup

  6. Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, you will end up with a “.reg” file containing the Registry backup.

Restore Registry backup using Registry Editor on Windows 11

To restore the Registry database on Windows 11 to fix problems, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for regedit and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Click on Computer on the left side.

  4. Click the File menu and select the Import option.

    Import Registry from backup file

  5. Select the registry backup file.

  6. Click the Open button.

    Select Registry backup

  7. Restart the computer.

After you complete the steps, the backup will restore, replacing the current database.