How to restore Windows 10 Registry without backup [Tested]

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  • To restore the Windows 10 Registry without a backup, you can use third-party software or do it manually.
  • This article explores both options available to sort out this issue once and for all.
  • If you want to explore some more step-by-step guides, check out our How-To Hub.
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The Windows Registry has low-level settings that run your entire system. When you edit values or keys in the Registry, you risk breaking the operating system. If this happens, your only option is to restore Windows 10 Registry without backup.

You have to carry out the restoration without backup because Windows 10 stopped backing up the system registry automatically since version 1803. You’d notice that the system32\regback folder is empty.

 

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Restore Registry manually on Windows 10

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  1. Tap the Windows key.
  2. Type regedit into the search box.
  3. Click on Registry Editor to open it.
  4. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Configuration Manager\system32\regback-is-empty-configuration-manager
  5. Right-click on Configuration Manager and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
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  6. Set EnablePeriodicBackup as the name of this registry value.
  7. Give EnablePeriodicBackup the value of 1.
  8. Close the Registry Editor.
  9. Reboot your computer.
  10. On restarting, Windows will create its first backup.

NOTE: Sometimes, the backup folder will show 0KB. If you experience this issue, head over to our Task Schedulerer Windows 10 issues guide

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Restore registry in Windows 10 without backup using CMD

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  1. Press the Windows key + I combination to open Settings.
  2. Select Update & Security.
  3. Click on Recovery.
  4. Select Restart under Advanced startup.
  5. Select Troubleshoot after the machine reboots.
  6. Click on Advanced options.
  7. Choose Command Prompt. Type in the following commands and hit Enter.
  8. In Command Prompt, enter your Windows drive letter. Here, we enter:
    d:\
  9. Confirm that you’re in the right drive:
    dir
  10. If the letter you entered in step 8 was incorrect, return to this step and correct it.
  11. Go to the System32 folder:
    cd d:\windows\system32

    NOTE: Change the d in the path above to the right drive letter from step 9.

  12. Create a backup folder called configBak:
    mkdir configBak
  13. Back up the config folder:
    copy config configBak
  14. Enter the RegBack folder:
    cd config\RegBack
  15. Confirm the content of the RegBack folder:
    dir
  16. Copy the data RegBack to config:
    copy *..\.*
  17. Confirm every operation by pressing Y and Enter.
  18. Close the Command Prompt window.

On closing Command Prompt, your machine will restart and generate a backup.

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Enable/restore Windows 10 Registry in Task Scheduler

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  1. Click on the Start Menu button.
  2. Search for Task Scheduler and click the result to open it.
  3. Go to this path:
    Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Registry

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  4. Right-click on RegIdleBackup and select Run.

This procedure triggers the task to run and back up the Windows 10 registry. It overwrites any older backups in the RegBack folder.


After performing these operations, you would have learned how to restore Windows 10 Registry without backups.

This guide also shows you how to enable backing up of the Windows 10 registry. If you were not able to restore the Windows 10 registry using these solutions, let us know with a comment below.

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