Enable Automatic Registry Backup in Windows 10


Registering Windows 10 is one of those elements that we take hands at times but we really are not aware of its importance, hence will never be more that we have a backup in case, by the reason, it is damaged.

Well, until recently, the proper Windows 10 was responsible for carrying out automated backups your registry so that users from having a backup of this element if necessary. However , in the version 1809 also known as the October 2018 Update, the operating system Microsoft stopped creating these registry backups to mention that I did.

Enable Automatic Registry Backup in Windows 10

Through the Windows Registry we will be able to control virtually any aspect of our operating system. From here we can not only enable or disable functions and features, but we can also add them. The problem that the Registry Editor presents for beginners or with little experience is that it is not as intuitive as the Windows 10 interface.

This forces users to possess certain knowledge or to know exactly the registry key that we are modifying as well as the consequences that such modification may entail. An unwanted change in the registry can disable our operating system to the point that our computer does not start up until certain functions are deactivated, through the visual change of the user interface.

To say that the scheduled task to create the backup was running and also the execution result indicated that the operation was completed successfully, but the backup log no longer really created. One must also know that in earlier versions of Windows 10 these backups and the system placed them in the “C: \ Windows \ system32 \ config \ regback” path were created, making backups could be used to restore Windows registry to a previous state if necessary.

But right now Microsoft has released a report stating that this is a change that has occurred for internal reasons, so can not be considered an error. The change was implemented in version 1803 of Windows 10and all newer versions of the system are affected.

That said, we show you how to make a backup copy of the Windows 10 registry as well as restore it in case of a failure or problem. All this without installing any kind of program:

How to Backup Registry Automatically on Restart in Windows 10

The Windows registry is without a doubt the basis on which the Windows 10 operating system is based. The Windows registry is where all the functions and configurations of the Microsoft operating system are stored. The Registry Editor incorporated by default in Windows allows you to make modifications and adjustments however you have to be extremely careful with the changes we make since we can damage the operating system. That is why it is recommended to make a backup copy of the Registry before modifying anything.

As always when we act in the registry, you must previously make a manual copy of it or create a system restore point in case something fails in the process. Once done, we follow this step by step:

  • Access the registry with the hot keys «Windows + R», command «regedit».
  • Access the path “Computer \ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ Session Manager \ Configuration Manager”.
  • With the right mouse button you create a new DWORD key (32 bits).
  • Name the name “EnablePeriodicBackup” and “1” in value data.

From here, “Windows will back up the registry in the RegBack folder when the computer restarts and create a RegIdleBackup task to manage subsequent backups. Windows stores the task information in the Scheduled Task Library, in the Microsoft \ Windows \ Registry folder , explains Microsoft.

To ensure that we have successfully completed the process and that the automatic backup copies of the Windows 10 registry are running, check the following:

  • Access the system task scheduler.
  • Navigate to the path Library> Microsoft> Windows> Registry.
  • Make sure the “RegIdleBackup” task is working. If it is not activated, right-click on it and execute it.
  • All ready. If you access the path C: \ Windows \ System32 \ config \ RegBack with the file explorer, you will see the copies made.

It is more difficult to explain the process than to do it, but we still don’t understand why Microsoft has disabled it by default when these backup copies of the Windows 10 registry are extremely useful for advanced users and administrators. The reasons given about “space saving” are not supported, taking into account that a typical backup of a client system is between 100 and 150 Mbytes in size.

How to restore the Windows Registry from a backup.

To restore the Windows registry from the Editor you will only have to access it and once located in the select the key you want to restore, that is if we want to restore the entire Windows registry we must select the Computer key. Once selected, click on File to display a menu where you will have to click on the Import option.

Now a window will open in which you will have to search and select the .reg files that correspond to the backup. Once the file is selected, the registry will be restored to the identical state as it was at the time you made the backup. Therefore all the changes you will make in the Windows registry will be reverted to the status of the BackUp.

Note: In the case that you want to reset only a part of the Windows registry because you only have a copy of that part of the registry, the procedure is identical with the difference of instead of selecting the Computer key you will have to select the specific key you want restore.

On the other hand, a much simpler method, although I personally do not like it, is the setting of the Windows Registry backup by double clicking with the left mouse button on the .reg file that contains the backup to be restored. 

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