How to Add Files to Windows Registry


Files can be added to the Windows registry by importing them into the registry. After adding them, you can edit them using the Registry Editor. Windows Registry contains software configuration settings that are used by the operating system for running software. Avoid adding registry files for unknown software applications as they may corrupt the registry.

  • Click on “Start” and then click on “Run.”

  • Type “regedit” (without quotation marks) in the dialog box and then press “Enter.”

  • Click on the “File” menu in the Registry Editor window and then click on “Import.”

  • Double-click on the registry file that you want to add to the Windows Registry. The selected registry file will be imported into the registry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Making indiscriminate changes to the system registry may crash your computer.

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