What is a .REG File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Visual Guide)

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Have you came across a file with the .reg extension and you don’t know what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. In this article we will explain what .reg file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .REG file?

The file extension .REG stands for Registry File. This file extension belongs to the developer Microsoft. The format of this file is text, and it is a system related files.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .reg file on 1 platform.

How to open a .REG file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .REG file on various operating systems.

How to open a .REG file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

There are 4 simple steps to open the .reg file on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Registry Editor software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .REG file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Microsoft Registry Editor software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .REG file?

If you are still unable to open the .REG file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .REG file.reglnk – Registry Editor Shortcut File, .regtrans-ms – Microsoft, .rel – Nintendo, .rel – Symantec, .reloc – Microsoft. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .REG file with the Microsoft Registry Editor program on Windows.