How to create a Windows registry backup automatically

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

The 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 bits of information that Windows constantly takes as a reference during use. Such as profiles for each user, the applications installed on the computer, and property settings for folders and app icons. In addition, it also takes reference of what hardware is on the computer system and the ports being used. As you notice, a lot of information is saved in the Windows registry.

This means that if you make a mistake while editing the Windows registry or if a third-party app modifies the registry, you will not be able to find out which part was changed. In addition, even a wrong modification to the Windows registry can damage the Windows installation and cause your computer to stop booting. Therefore, it is recommended that you make a full Windows registry backup when you modify anything on your computer.

While it is possible to manually back up the Windows registry, I recommend that you set up your PC to automatically back up the registry. Here’s how it works.

How to create a Windows registry backup automatically

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

Open task scheduler

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

RegIdleBackup task in Task scheduler

Click the “New” button in the “Triggers” tab to create a trigger. A trigger is an action on which to create the registry backup.

Create new trigger to automatically create a registry back-up in Windows

You have several triggers. For example, you can have the backup action start on a schedule. This allows you to schedule a task daily, monthly, weekly, and yearly at a specific time. There are different triggers, such as

  • On login.
  • On startup.
  • On inactivity.
  • On an event.
  • During creation or modification of task.
  • At the time of connection to user session.
  • At the time of disconnection from user session.
  • When locking the workstation
  • When unlocking the workstation.

Select the desired trigger and adjust the trigger settings as desired.

The location for the automatically created Windows registry backup is in the folder: C:\Windows\System32\Config\RegBack\.

I hope to have helped you with this. Thanks for reading!

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