Microsoft Windows is the most customizable and tweakable operating system for computers. There are various tools, and utilities come pre built inside every version of Windows which can tweak appearance and performance of Windows. The most popular tool which most of the developers use is the “Registry Editor.” it is used to mostly tweak the appearance and behavior of some other Windows built in tools.
Registry editor controls most of the functioning of the operating system so messing around so much or tweaking the registry without knowing the outcome may kill the operating system. But you can recover these type of operating system breakdown using the system restore point option. If you already did something or some malware just added some registries to the editor, then you might want to reset it to the default settings.
Steps to restore Registry Editor’s default settings
- Locate the backup file which you created before editing the registry, the default locations where the backup file should be, are; My Documents, desktop or the root directory of C drive.
- Now, double-click the file to open it and replace it with the edited registry values.
- Click Yes on the UAC prompt; you will see a message with a warning, just click on Yes.
- After that, you will see a confirming message stating that the registry has been successfully added to the registry.
- Restart your PC now so the Windows can take effect according to the registry changes.
Method 2: For Multiple Registry files
If you want to restore lots of registry files, then you can do that by going to all of them one by one using the above method or try this.
- Press Win+R to open Run, Type regedit and press Enter (confirm to UAC prompt).
- Now click File then Import from the top menu of the registry editor window.
- Select the registry file or files to import them and want to restore the value for.
- You will be warned about the changes you are going to make, just click Yes and the registry file will get imported.
This method is easier than the first method of importing the files one by one to the reg editor. This will also take lesser time than before and don’t forget to restart your PC after every registry file import does to take effect.
Editing registry files are very easy methods to change or tweak some features in Windows which have no actual setting for. But you should always create a backup of the registry which you are going to edit or you won’t be able to get those value back unless you know the values.