How to delete registry keys with subkeys???

Posted on 2001-07-30
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
The RegDeleteKey API only works for keys that do not have subkeys.  How do I delete the entire branch even though it has subkeys beneath it???  Anyone?

Question by:msejfovic
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I meant through an API call

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DennisBorg earned 5 total points
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>The RegDeleteKey API only works for keys that do not have subkeys.

This is true for WinNT and Win2K. If you have Win95/ Win98, then it also deletes all subkeys.

For WinNT and Win2K, you'll want to use the SHDeleteKey Win API function, from Version 4.71 and later of Shlwapi.dll

I haven't been able to find the declaration for it to use in VB, but I imagine it is one of the following:

Public Declare Function SHDeleteKey Lib "shlwapi.dll" Alias "SHDeleteKeyA" (ByVal hKey As Long, ByVal lpSubKey As String) As Long


Public Declare Function SHDeleteKey Lib "shlwapi.dll" (ByVal hKey As Long, ByVal lpSubKey As String) As Long

Perhaps someone else can confirm the declaration statement for this function.

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Dennis I believe it should be Public Declare Function SHDeleteKey Lib "shlwapi.dll" Alias "SHDeleteKeyA" (ByVal hKey As Long, ByVal
lpSubKey As String) As Long
Public Const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE = &H80000002

Used as
Dim Return As Long
Return = SHDeleteKey (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,"\Software\Microsoft\Etc\Etc" & Chr(0))

I have not used it myself but give it a try.

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