How to enable Automatic Registry Backup in Windows 10

After unveiling Windows 10 May 2019 update, Microsoft disabled the Automatic Registry Backup on Windows 10. In case, you ignore this setting, there is no chance to access default backup folder and instead it displays void hive with 0 KB in size. Here, in this blog post, we guide some easy methods to enable Automatic Registry Backup in Windows 10.

Prior to Windows 10, Registry backup already resides at location Windows\System32\config\RegBack folder. Users can create such backup using Task scheduler automatic maintenance feature. However, the entire concept changes with evolving Windows 10 version 1803 OS. You have to now manually enable Automatic Registry Backup on your Windows 10 PC. There are two easy ways to do so – Registry Editor and Command Prompt.

How to enable Automatic Registry Backup in Windows 10 Process

Here, are the two methods using which you can enable Automatic Registry Backup on your System. Let’s see them one by one-

Before proceeding ahead, you must Create a system restore point so as to wrap things back to normal if anything goes wrong during backup.

Backup using Registry tweak

Enabling Automatic Registry Backup is quite simple, just follow these steps-

  • Press Win logo and R hotkey together to open Run dialog.
  • Type regedit in the text box followed by Enter.

regedit on Run dialog

  • If any confirmation window prompts, tap Yes.
  • Navigate to the following address on Registry Editor-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Configuration Manager

  • Now, switch to the right pane and create a new 32-Bit DWORD value. Rename this entry as- EnablePeriodicBackup.

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Note: Even if you are having a 64-bit System, you should go for 32-bit DWORD entry.

  • Further, change its value from 0 to 1 followed by OK to confirm these changes.

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  • At last Restart your system.

Your PC is now ready to enable Automatic Registry Backup at any specific location.

Backup Registry using command prompt

You can also create registry backup manually at any location using Command Prompt. Here’s how to proceed-

  • Hit Start Menu and type Command Prompt in the search field.
  • Thereupon, right click on the well matching result and choose Run as administrator from the sub-menu.
  • If the User account Control appears, tap Yes to permit the access.
  • Here, reach out to the folder where you want to store the backup file of registry

for instance-  cd / c:\data\folder_name\regback.

Note: You can create the backup at any location on your system, however it shouldn’t in the Windows\System32\config\RegBack.

  • Now, type the below command line one after another followed by Enter at the end of each command-

REG SAVE HKLM\SOFTWARE SOFTWARE

REG SAVE HKLM\SYSTEM SYSTEM

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REG SAVE HKU\.DEFAULT DEFAULT

REG SAVE HKLM\SECURITY SECURITY

REG SAVE HKLM\SAM SAM

Your PC can now create backup at any desired destination such as – c:\data\folder_name\regback.

Disable Registry Backup

The prime reason behind creating Registry Back-up is to restore the set-up files without even reinstalling Windows. Once, you store the backup at any particular destination, it wouldn’t be that tricky to move great to original settings. But still, there is certain probability of your Windows setup files becoming corrupt or obsolete.

Note: Incorrect settings while operating Registry tweaks may crash the entire operating System. Hence, proceed cautiously and follow as guided above.