Registry Backup and Restore

Registrar Registry Manager offers the functionality to make backups of the entire registry of your system.

When you choose to make a backup, a snapshot of the entire registry will be written to disk. You will be prompted for a description that will be saved along with the backup. A backup may take several seconds or longer, depending on the size of your registry. You will not be able to use Registrar Registry Manager while a backup is in progress.

Note that backing up your registry is not the same as exporting to a registration file. A backup will also save keys which are generally not accessible by users and will not get exported when using the export feature. Also security settings are stored, including permissions, auditing and ownership information and not just names and contents of the keys and values.

Backing up your registry often is a good safety measure. Many application and system related problems can be solved by restoring a previous backup of your registry. In such a case it is better to have a recent backup available that closely matches the data of your current registry situation.

Note that for a complete backup of all system settings, it's recommended to use Windows System Restore functionality which is part of Windows.

Creating a registry backup

To create a backup, click the Backup button and wait as the process usually takes several minutes. An image of the entire registry, including the entire rootkeys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_USERS will be written to disk. The program will notify you when the backup is ready.

Restoring a registry backup

To restore a registry backup that was created by Registrar Registry Manager, click on one of the listed available backups, and press Restore.
The restore process will take place immediately. When the restore is complete, the system will be restarted automatically. The new registry will become effective the next time the system is restarted.

The Backup To and Restore From buttons allow you to backup to and restore from a specific folder. You will be prompted to browse to a specific folder which contains a registry backup created by Registrar.

Note that after a registry restore, your registry has also been defragmented. For more information refer to Defragmenting your registry.

Deleting registry backups

You can delete backups which are no longer needed by pressing the Delete button.

Command Line Options

There are command line options that allow you to create an automated backup or restore. See Command Line Options for details. Also Registrar Command Line Edition allows you to automate and schedule both local and remote registry backups.

Online Help Topics


· Introduction

· Product Description and Features

· What's new

· Registrar Command Line Edition

· Supported Windows Versions

· FAQ and Tips

About the Registry

· About the Windows registry

· Registry Root Keys

· Registry Path Syntax

· About Windows 64-bit editions

Editing the Registry

· Browsing the Registry

· Editing Registry Keys

· Registry Key Properties

· Editing Registry Values

· Data Editor

· Include and Exclude Filters

Registry Tools

· Advanced Search Tool

· Bookmark Manager

· Undoing Registry Changes

· Registry Backup and Restore

· Registry Monitor

· Registry Defragmentation Tool

· Advanced Registry Compare Tool

· File Reference Editor

· CLSID Lookup Utility

· Hidden Registry Keys

Registry Security

· Registry Key Permissions

· Registry Key Auditing

· Registry Key Ownership

Registry Files

· Registry File Formats

· Importing and Exporting Registry Files

· Editing Registry Files

Remote Registry Editing

· Remote Registry Editing

Advanced Options

· Editor Options

· Startup Options

· Interface Layout Options

· Registry View Options

· Visual Options

· Shell Options

· Remote Registry Options

· Registry Monitor Options

· Bookmark Options

· Undo Options

· Misc Options

· Commandline Options for rr.exe/rr64.exe

· Registry Shortcuts

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