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Windows XP: How To Back Up A Registry Key

Every once in a while you may have a need to edit a key in the Windows XP Registry, but it's important to understand that should something go wrong you might have to completely re-install Windows XP.

This is why it is absolutely essential that you back up a Registry key before making any changes to it. You also need to know how to restore that Registry key if something goes wrong.


    Always back up a Windows XP Registry key before making any changes to it. Things can and do go wrong occasionally, and it only takes one clean re-install of Windows to ruin your whole day! You back up, edit, and restore a Registry key at your own risk, and you're basically on your own if something goes wrong.
Now, if you still want to edit that Windows XP Registry key, read on... 

How to back up a Windows XP Registry key:
  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Run. 
  3. In the box, type regedit and then click the OK button. 
  4. Locate the key that contains the value that you want to edit, then click it. 
  5. Click File. 
  6. Click Export. 
  7. In the Save in box, choose a location where you want to save the Registration 
    Entries file.
  8. In the File name box, type a file name for theRegistration Entries file, then 
    click Save.

How to restore a Windows XP Registry key:

To restore a registry key that you had backed up prior to editing it, simply double-click the Registration Entries file (the filename ends in .reg).

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