Windows registry is responsible for running your entire system. If the registry becomes corrupted, then your Windows computer will get damaged beyond repair. That’s why you need to fix the registry as soon as possible.
Previously Windows 10 used to offer an easy way to restore registry from the automatically created backup. But starting from Windows 10, version 1803, Windows no longer automatically backs up the system registry. Don’t worry, because it is still possible to restore Windows 10 registry without backup. In this article, we will show you different methods by following which you will be able to restore the registry without the help of backup.
How to Restore Registry without backup in Windows 10?
In the earlier version, Windows used to back up registry settings to the RegBack folder. However, Windows 10, version 1803 no longer automatically creates the registry backup, because it wants to reduce the overall disk footprint size of Windows. If you navigate to the \Windows\System32\config\RegBack folder, you will find the folder empty. But there are ways by which you can restore the previous registry settings to get rid of the corrupted registry and avoid further damage. Go through the methods given below and see which one works for you best.
Method 1: Manually Restore Registry
To manually restore the registry, you have to take the help of the registry editor. Remember even minor changes in the registry editor can create major problems. So, be cautious while going through the steps.
- Press Windows key +R.
- Type “regedit” and press OK.
- Open the Registry Editor.
- Then, go to the following location.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Configuration Manager\
- Now, right-click on the Configuration Manager
- Click on “New“
- Then, choose the “DWORD (32-bit) Value” option.
- You have to name this registry value. Choose a name like “EnablePeriodicBackup.”
- Now, set the value of EnablePeriodicBackup folder to 1.
- Leave the Registry Editor window and then restart your system.
- Your computer will create the registry backup.
Method 2: Restore Registry with Command Prompt
Manually using the registry editor can be too risky. If you don’t want to interfere with the registry editor, there’s another method for you. You only need to boot your computer in Safe Mode and then take the help of Command Prompt. Here’s a quick guide for you on how to restore the registry with Command Prompt.
- Press Windows key+I.
- Open Settings.
- Go to Update & Security and click on the Recovery option.
- Then, choose Advanced startup and click on “Restart.”
- After your system reboots, click on the Troubleshoot option.
- Select “Advanced options.”
- Then, click on the Command Prompt option
- The Command Prompt will start on X:\Windows\System32. Generally, operating systems are installed on C : \. But after you boot your computer to the recovery mode, the drive letter changes to “D.”
- So, in this step, you have to move to the drive letter where Windows is installed.
- To do that you have to type the following command in the Command Prompt window and press Enter.
- Again type a command to confirm you are in the right drive and press Enter.
- If you find the drive letter was incorrect, go back and type another drive letter in the command prompt.
- Now, type the following command to go to the System32 folder.
(Considering “D” was the correct drive letter.)
- Press Enter.
- Next, type the following command to create a backup folder called configBak. Then, press “Enter.”
- You have to back up the config folder. Type the following commands and press Enter.
copy config configBak
- Type the following command to move inside the RegBack folder, which contains the backup of the registry. Then, press Enter.
- Verify the content on the RegBack folder by typing the command line and pressing Enter.
- To copy the content on the RegBack folder type the following commands and press Enter.
- Then, to confirm every operation, press “Y” and “Enter.”
- Next, close the Command Prompt window so that the backup folder will generate.
Method 3: Restore Registry using Task Scheduler
If the command prompt method seems tricky for you, then don’t worry. We have another easy method for you. Follow the steps below.
- Go to the Start Menu.
- Type “Task Scheduler” in the search bar.
- After you open the Task Scheduler, navigate to this path- Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Registry
- Now, right-click on the RegIdleBackup option.
- Select “Run“
- Now, the procedure will overwrite any previous backups in the RegBack folder.
Method 4: Third-party Software
If none of the above-mentioned methods worked for your case, then don’t lose hope. There’s another way to restore the registry in Windows 10, but to do so, you have to take the help of any third-party applications. A third-party application is capable of restoring data that was lost due to malware infection or any other reason. It will also help you with restoring the registry.
A corrupted registry can create many problems in your system. It is also one of the main reasons for the infamous blue screen errors. But before further damage happens to your computer, you need to fix the registry.
You can easily restore the registry even without backup. To help you with restoring the registry, we have provided you with a few useful methods. We hope you will become successful in restoring the registry using our methods. After reading this article, if you have any queries or feedback, please write down the comment in the below comment box.