Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm moving from an old Windows 7 installation to a new Windows 7 installation.

I want to move my registry settings over to the new Windows 7 installation.

I have the same set of programs installed on both computers, but the hardware is different, so I suspect that simply copying over the registry won't be a good idea.

Is there any way to merge the registry settings from the old Windows 7 installation with that of the new Windows 7 installation, without simply overwriting the registry on the newer installation?

I tried exporting the registry using RegEdit, but the text file it generates is massive (the file reached over 30 gigabytes before I ran out of disk space and had to terminate the process). Anyone know of a better way?

share|improve this question

closed as not constructive by Dave M, Renan, 8088, Indrek, ChrisF Oct 11 '12 at 8:33

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Why would you want to do this? – Dave M Oct 11 '12 at 1:03
If you can move registry settings over along with program files, you'd be able to easily migrate to a new installation without having to reinstall and reconfigure all of your programs. (Assuming that the hardware on the new computer is sufficiently similar to that of the old computer such that the same settings would work on both.) – Locomotion Oct 11 '12 at 1:07
This would be preferable over simply cloning the disk if you had some programs or settings on the newer computer that you would like to preserve as well. – Locomotion Oct 11 '12 at 1:08
There's no way to blindly do this en masse without messing up your new install (even on a per app basis, and even if you were able to locate all keys/values involved, it may still not work properly). – Karan Oct 11 '12 at 1:12
See also… – bwDraco Oct 11 '12 at 4:46

Browse other questions tagged .