Automatically back up the Windows registry

If you frequently make changes to your Windows 11 or Windows 10 computer or install and uninstall software again, it is recommended that you back up the Windows registry automatically.

It Windows registry is a central hierarchical database used in Windows 11/10 to store information needed to configure the system for one or more users, apps, and hardware devices.

The registry contains those pieces of information that Windows constantly takes for reference during use, such as profiles for each user, the applications installed on the computer, and settings for folder and app icon properties, what hardware is present on the system, and the ports used.

This means that if you make a mistake while editing the Windows registry or if a third-party app changes the registry, you will no longer be able to determine which part has changed. Even an incorrect modification of the Windows registry can damage the Windows installation and prevent your computer from starting up again. Therefore, it is advisable to perform a full Windows registry backup if you are modifying something on your computer.

Although it is possible to back up the Windows registry manually, I recommend that you set up your PC to automatically back up the registry. This is how it works.

Automatically back up the Windows registry

Click the start button. In the search box type “task scheduler” and right-click on the result, click “Run as Administrator”.

Open Task Scheduler in Windows 11

In the left panel, go to Task Scheduler Library> Microsoft> Windows> Registry and then double-click “RegIdleBackup”.

RegIdleBackup

Click the “New” button in the “Triggers” tab to create a trigger. A trigger is an action that requires the registry to be backed up.

Create new Windows registry backup trigger in task scheduler

You have several triggers, so you can start the backup action on a schedule. Allows you to schedule a task daily, monthly, weekly, and annually at a specific time. There are various triggers such as

  • When signing up.
  • At startup.
  • In case of inactivity.
  • At an event.
  • While creating or changing task.
  • When connecting to user session.
  • Disconnect when connecting to user session.
  • When locking a workstation.
  • When unlocking workstation.

Select the desired trigger and adjust the trigger settings as desired. The external location for the automatically created Windows registry backup can be found in the folder: C: Windows System32 Config RegBack

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