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    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows

    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows

    How to Add, Remove, Export, and Merge Registry Favorites in Windows
    Published by Category: General Tips
    12 Mar 2017
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Add, Remove, Export, and Merge Registry Favorites in Windows

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    If you use the Registry Editor to make customizations, check the contents of a particular key, or make fixes, you can save the key as a favorite for easy retrieval. Unfortunately, when you upgrade to a new build or clean install your system, all the favorites are cleared. Here's how to save and restore them from one build/install to the next.


    CONTENTS:






    OPTION ONE

    To Add a Registry Key to Favorites


    Step One:
    Open a Run dialog box with WIN key+R. Type regedit and click OK.

    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_06h28_26.png


    Step Two:

    Navigate to the registry key you would like to save as a favorite. In this example, I have chosen the current preview build number.


    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_10h12_47.png

    Step Three:

    Click "Favorites", then "Add to Favorites".

    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_10h15_51.png

    Step Four:

    Enter the name you wish to call the Favorite, and click "OK".

    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_11h20_48.png

    Your favorite now appears in the list.

    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_11h27_18.png






    OPTION TWO

    To Remove a Registry Key from Favorites


    Step One:
    Open a Run dialog box with WIN key+R. Type regedit and click OK.

    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_06h28_26.png

    Step Two:

    Click "Favorites", then "Remove Favorite".

    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_11h35_50.png

    Step Three:

    Choose the Favorite you wish to delete and click "OK".

    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_11h39_35.png

    The Favorites entry has been removed.

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    OPTION THREE

    To Export Registry Favorites


    Step One:

    Open a Run dialog box with WIN key+R. Type regedit and click OK.

    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_06h28_26.png


    Step Two:

    Navigate to the following registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Regedit\Favorites

    The items in the circle will be your favorites you have previously stored.

    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_06h36_10.png

    Step Three:

    Right-click the "Favorites" key, then click "Export".


    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_06h39_47.png
    Step Four:

    Choose a location and name for your saved entries. Note the branch is defaulted to the current key, "Favorites". Leave as is. Press "Save" to save your file.
    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_06h47_27.png


    When opened in Notepad, your saved registry entries should look like this, with your favorites listed:

    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_06h55_23.png

    Step Five:

    Move or copy your saved registry entries to an external drive/folder/thumb drive for safe keeping.






    OPTION FOUR

    To Merge Registry Favorite


    Step One:

    Right-click the .reg file (your saved file from Step Four above) and click "Merge".

    (Note: This step can be done from the media you saved the .reg file on. It does not have to be copied to the OS drive first)

    Add or Remove Registry Favorites in Windows-2015-06-11_12h29_51.png

    If you get a UAC prompt, click OK.

    Step Two:

    At the next 2 prompts, click YES and OK.

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    All your saved Registry Favorites will now be available in the new build/clean install or new computer.





    That's all!

  1. LittleJay's Avatar
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    W10 Pro, W10 Home
       #1

    Thanks for putting this tutorial together. Very helpful!
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