How to Add, Remove, Export, and Merge Registry Favorites in Windows
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.
To Add a Registry Key to Favorites
To Remove a Registry Key from Favorites
To Export Registry Favorites
Open a Run dialog box with WIN key+R. Type regedit and click OK.
Navigate to the following registry key:
The items in the circle will be your
favorites you have previously stored.
Right-click the "Favorites" key, then click "Export".
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.
When opened in Notepad, your saved registry entries should look like this, with your favorites listed:
Move or copy your saved registry entries to an external drive/folder/thumb drive for safe keeping.
To Merge Registry Favorite
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)
If you get a UAC prompt, click OK.
At the next 2 prompts, click YES and OK.
All your saved Registry Favorites will now be available in the new build/clean install or new computer.