Backup and Restore Task Manager Settings

    Backup and Restore Task Manager Settings

    How to Backup and Restore Task Manager Settings in Windows 10
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    19 Apr 2017
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    How to Backup and Restore Task Manager Settings in Windows 10

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    If you make customizations to your Task Manager settings, i.e. add columns, change sort order, set per tab options, and many others, a New Build update or a clean install will reset all values to the default values. An Explorer crash may also reset these values. It can be time consuming and tedious to setup all your settings again, particularly in the Details display.

    This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore your Task Manager settings for your account in Windows 10.

    • Option One: To Backup (export) your Task Manager Settings
    • Option Two: To Restore (import) your Task Manager Settings

    Backup and Restore Task Manager Settings OPTION ONE Backup and Restore Task Manager Settings
    To Backup (export) your Task Manager Settings

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

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    Step Two:

    Navigate to this registry key:


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    Step Three:

    Right click "TaskManager", and click "Export".

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    Step Four:

    Choose a location and name for your saved entries. Note the branch is defaulted to the current key, "TaskManager". Leave as is. Press "Save" to save your file.

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

    Backup and Restore Task Manager Settings OPTION TWO Backup and Restore Task Manager Settings
    To Restore (import) your Task Manager Settings

    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)

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    Step Two:

    At the next 2 prompts, click YES and OK.
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    All your saved Task Manager settings will now be available in the new build/clean install.

    Note   Note
    You do not need to log off/on or restart your computer for these changes to take affect.

    That's all!

  1.    13 Jun 2015 #1
    Join Date : Mar 2014
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    Looks good, tomcat.
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  2.    13 Jun 2015 #2
    Join Date : Feb 2015
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    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu

    If I remember correctly(and it isn't actually a "false memory");

    When I tried Windows 10 Threshhold, on my laptop last October, before I bought my Windows 8.1 desktop, I really played around with it syncing everything, even though I was coming from Windows 7 and I didn't understand completely why. I know I set a custom view to Task Manager too.

    When I bought my desktop and let 8.1 install, then went on line, everything sync'd and not only gave me the desktop from 10 but I believe even this was even sync'd. I thought then this OS syncing is one of the best OS innovations EVER.

    Good tut tomcat
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  3.    13 Jun 2015 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Thanks, Guys!
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  4.    03 Sep 2015 #4
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    Terrific resource! Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks.
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  5.    1 Week Ago #5
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    The settings don't work after major updates or reinstalling Windows.
    Last edited by vanowm; 1 Week Ago at 18:06.
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