How to Import a Reg File and Restore Windows Registry Backups

by | Feb 7, 2020 | Windows

Need to restore your Windows registry? Received a .reg file with settings? Find out here how to import a reg file or restore Windows registry backups.

First, Fry Your Morning Müesli

In a soup plate, beat an egg; then smash a banana on top, around and in between.

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After a morning tea’s time of rest, treat this mass like pancake batter and fry over medium heat until golden brown on both sides. Enjoy with yogurt and berries or agave syrup or honey or cinnamon or…

Now that your vigor is restored for the day, we can, I fathom, turn to restoring a Windows registry backup:

How to Restore Windows Registry Backups

Time needed: 5 minutes.

To restore Windows registry backups you have created in Registry Editor:

  1. Open Registry Editor.

  2. Select File | Import… from the menu.

  3. Now make sure the .reg file you want to import is selected.

    Tip: To see only .reg files, make sure Registration Files (*.reg) is selected as the file type under File name: in the Import Registry File dialog.

  4. Click Open.

    Important: The data from the selected .reg file will be imported without further questions or a preview of what changes will be made; existing entries will be overwritten.
    Tip: To see what values will be added or updated, you can open the .reg file in Notepad before importing: click on the .reg file with the right mouse button and select Edit from the context menu that appears.

How to Import a Reg File

To quickly import Windows registry settings saved as a .reg file without opening Registry Editor separately:

  1. Click on the .reg file you want to import with the right mouse button.
  2. Select Merge from the context menu that has appeared.
  3. Select Yes if User Account Control asks Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?.
  4. Now click Yes for the Registry Editor question Do you want to continue?.
    Note: This will add and overwrite all entries found in the .reg file without further questions or preview.
  5. Click OK.

(How to import reg files and restore Windows registry backups tested with Windows 10 1909; updated February 2020)