The automatic registry backup feature in Windows 10 is disabled by default on your computer. You will find below the steps to backup registry in Windows 10, both manually and automatically.
Backup Registry in Windows 10
In previous versions, Windows 10 would automatically backup the registry files on your computer and save the Registry Backup in RegBackup system folder.
However, the Automatic Registry Backup feature was removed in later versions, apparently to save storage space.
This practically means that you won’t be able to restore Registry from a backup, in case you end up with damaged or corrupted Registry files on your computer.
Luckily, Microsoft has only disabled this feature and you can still re-enable Registry Backup feature on your computer.
Note: RegBackup folder is located at C:\Windows\System32\config\RegBack. If Registry is not being backed up, you will find all entries in this folder having 0 Kb size.
1. Enable Automatic Registry Backup in Windows 10
Follow the steps below to enable Automatic Registry Backups in Windows 10.
Note: This step is meant for advanced users. Modifying Registry Files in an incorrect way can cause serious problems on your computer.
1. Right-click on the Start button and click on Run.
2. In the Run Command Window, type regedit and click on OK.
3. On the Registry Editor screen, navigate to Configuration Manager Key located at:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Configuration Manager.
4. Right-click on Configuration Manager Folder > select New > click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.
5. Name the newly created key EnablePeriodicBackup and press the Enter key on the keyboard of your computer.
6. Next, double-click on the newly created EnablePeriodicBackup DWORD and set its value to 1.
7. Click on the OK button to save the change to DWORD and Restart your computer.
After this change, Windows will automatically create a backup of the entire Registry and the backup will be placed in RegBackup folder located at C:\Windows\System32\config\RegBack.
Windows will also create “RegIdleBackup” task in the Task Scheduler to manage future auto registry backups on your computer.
2. Create Manual Registry Backup in Windows 10
After enabling Registry Backups on your computer, you will also be able to make manual backup of Registry.
1. Click on the Start button > Type Task Scheduler in the search box and click on Task Scheduler App in the search results.
2. On the Task Scheduler screen, navigate to Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Registry.
3. Right-click on RegIdleBackup task and click on Run option in the menu that appears.
Once you click on Run, Task Scheduler will create a backup of the entire Registry on your computer, overwriting the previous Registry backup in the RegBackup folder.