reg restore

Applies To: Windows Server (Semi-Annual Channel), Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

Writes saved subkeys and entries back to the registry.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.


Reg restore <KeyName> <FileName>


Parameter Description
<KeyName> Specifies the full path of the subkey to be restored. The restore operation works only with the local computer. The KeyName must include a valid root key. Valid root keys are: HKLM, HKCU, HKCR, HKU, and HKCC.
<FileName> Specifies the name and path of the file with content to be written into the registry. This file must be created in advance with the reg save operation using a .hiv extension.
/? Displays help for reg restore at the command prompt.


  • Before editing any registry entries, save the parent subkey with the reg save operation. If the edit fails, restore the original subkey with the reg restore operation.
  • The following table lists the return values for the reg restore operation.
Value Description
0 Success
1 Failure


To restore the file named into the key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\ResKit, and overwrite the existing contents of the key, type:

REG RESTORE HKLM\Software\Microsoft\ResKit

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