Backup registry

I am running Windows 7 pro.  I want to make a change to my registry.
I am not a Windows expert.
1.) What is the best way to backup the registry?

2.)  How much of the registry does a restore point backup?  (Windows help does not answer this)

Thank you for your help.
donpickAsked:
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John EastonConnect With a Mentor DirectorCommented:
If your only make a change to a single key then you can export that key before making the change.

Be warned though, changing some settings could prevent your computer from starting which would prevent you from restoring the backup.
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Eddie-LopezConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi,

A system restore will save your registry current state, so if you add a restore point and then make a registry change, you can later do a system restore to that restore point and your registry will be fully restored to its original state.

But if you are only a single registry change, it would be easier to simply go to regedit and do a file -> Export. It will create a ".reg" file, which you can later use to restore your registry (by doing an "Import" of this file).

More info on this: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/back-up-the-registry

Hope this helps,

Eddie
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shahzoorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
i would recommend system restore with registry backup
There are some good registry backup software
http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/14/featured/4-best-free-registry-backup-software.html
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donpickAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for your prompt replies.  I am a paying customer so I appreciate promptness.

hello  tailoreddigital:
  Thank you for the site url.  Very interesting site.
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