Windows registry is a very important part of Windows operating system. Windows registry contains important keys and entries which controls the behaviour of Windows, installed softwares and devices attached to a Windows computer. Bad installations, malicious softwares or some other kind of corruption may damage some of the registry keys which may cause Windows OS or other softwares or hardware devices to stop working properly. In this article, we share with you a very simple and easy to use software which lets you backup Windows Registry Keys, all of them at once or individual keys before making any changes to the computer or install any major set of software or hardware devices just in case something goes wrong. This freeware tool is called SMARegisTry Backup.
Using SMARegisTry Backup tool for saving registry keys is very simple. First of all you need to download and install the software from the official website here. When you install this software, you may see a security warning, just click Run to continue with installation.
Launch the SMARegisTry Backup took and browse through the keys on the left hand pane and click on the Add Key to List button for the keys you need to backup. Once you have selected all the keys you need to backup, simply click the Backup Keys Now.
After you click the Backup Keys Now button, it will show you a User Account Control Warning to run registry editor in Windows. Click on yes to continue to backup windows Registry keys.
In some cases, when a computer has some security permission problems or some other restriction which prevents the registry editor from launching, you can check out our tutorial here – Fix Error Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator. If the security permissions on your PC are fine, you will see a success message like the one below which will display all the keys which have been backed up.
Apart form the backup of Registry Keys, the tool also allows to Restore Individual Keys to Registry, or restore multiple keys backup up on previous dates to registry all at once which are placed in a directory. The good thing about this tool is that it creates all the tools in a .reg file format which is a universal registry backup tool which can be used directly with Windows Registry editor also to backup Windows Registry. You can also open the .reg file with a good editor like Notepad++ to review the key values before you restore it. Hope you find this tutorial useful to backup windows registry keys. Check out some more Windows Tutorials by Troublefixers here.