How to Import Windows Registry Files

If you have accidently made a change to your computer’s registry, there is no need to worry because it is possible to import the registry values from a previously exported file. This is a very simple task and does not take more than a minute to complete. However, you would need to make sure that you login to your computer using an administrator account because changes to the computer’s registry cannot be made using a limited account.

Things Required:

– A computer running Windows 7 as the operating system


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    Click the ‘Start’ button and the type regedit into the search bar. Press the Enter key and Windows will prompt you for confirmation to open the Registry Editor program. Confirm by click the OK button on the dialog box captioned ‘Use Account Control’.

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    A new window captioned Registry Editor will appear on the screen. This is where you can make changes to your computer’s registry such as importing, exporting, deleting or modifying already existing system registry values.

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    Click the ‘File’ button and then click ‘Import’. A dialog box captioned ‘Import Registry Files’ would appear. Use the navigation buttons in this dialog box to go the location of the registry file you want to import.

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    Click the thumb nail image of the registry file you wish to import and then click the button labeled ‘OK’ at the bottom of the ‘Import Registry Files’ dialoge box.

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    Windows will automatically import the file into your computer’s registry. However, you may have to restart your computer for the registry values you just added to take effect.

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