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I do not see why RegSetValueEx is always failing.  I have the following code


char *buffer = "CANDYS //GRUP";

if (RegSetValueEx(hKey, "RegName", 0, REG_SZ, (LPBYTE)buffer, strlen(buffer) + 1 ) != ERROR_SUCCESS){
MessageBox(hMaster, "Failed to set key value", "Fatal Error", MB_OK|MB_ICONERROR);
return FALSE;
}

The hKey is valid, I tested it already.  It always displays the error, and I have tryed everything, why would it fail?

Can someone help me get this to work?
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Question by:smitergrite
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by:jkr
ID: 10719458
Are you opening the key with KEY_WRITE or KEY_ALL_ACCESS?
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by:smitergrite
ID: 10720346
Yes I am opening with KEY_ALL_ACCESS, I tryed replaceing it with 0 but still no success.

RegCreateKeyEx(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, "Softwate\\PopCap\\Bejeweled", 0, NULL, 0, KEY_ALL_ACCESS, NULL, &hKey, &dwDisposition);
if (hKey != ERROR_SUCCESS){
MessageBox(hMaster, "Failed to open registry key", "Fatal Error", MB_OK|MB_ICONERROR);
return FALSE;
}
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by:AlexFM
ID: 10721470
RegCreateKeyEx(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, "Softwate\\PopCap\\Bejeweled", 0, NULL, 0, KEY_ALL_ACCESS, NULL, &hKey, &dwDisposition);
if (hKey != ERROR_SUCCESS){
MessageBox(hMaster, "Failed to open registry key", "Fatal Error", MB_OK|MB_ICONERROR);
return FALSE;
}

Should be:

if ( RegCreateKeyEx(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, "Softwate\\PopCap\\Bejeweled", 0, NULL, 0, KEY_ALL_ACCESS, NULL, &hKey, &dwDisposition) != ERROR_SUCCESS )
{
MessageBox(hMaster, "Failed to open registry key", "Fatal Error", MB_OK|MB_ICONERROR);
return FALSE;
}

hKey should not be equal to NULL if RegCreateKeyEx succeeds.

Possibly RegCreateKeyEx failed, test this again. If any of function fails, please write what is it's return code.
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by:smitergrite
ID: 10721706
I changed the code as you said, but RegSetVaslueEx is still failing for some reason, here is the up2date code:


if ( RegCreateKeyEx(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, "Softwate\\PopCap\\Bejeweled", 0, NULL, 0, KEY_ALL_ACCESS, NULL, &hKey, &dwDisposition) != ERROR_SUCCESS )
{
MessageBox(hMaster, "Failed to open registry key", "Fatal Error", MB_OK|MB_ICONERROR);
return FALSE;
}
if (RegSetValueEx(hKey, "RegName", 0, REG_SZ, (LPBYTE)buffer, strlen(buffer) + 1 ) != ERROR_SUCCESS)
{
MessageBox(hMaster, "Failed to set key value", "Fatal Error", MB_OK|MB_ICONERROR);
return FALSE;
}

Each time Failed to set key value is displayed, the open key always works fine.
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by:AlexFM
ID: 10721751
What is return value of RegSetValueEx? What is hKey value?
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by:smitergrite
ID: 10721856
The return value of RegSetValueEx is not ERROR_SUCCESS, so it is failing, I dont know how to messagebox that or display it so I can see.  I would give that value to you if i knew how to get it.

Same with hKey, through an if statement I can tell it is not null, so RegCreateKeyEx is successfull.  But its value I can't say because I dont know how to get it.

I only know RegCreateKeyEx works and RegSetValueEx fails
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by:AlexFM
ID: 10721937
LONG result = RegSetValueEx(hKey, "RegName", 0, REG_SZ, (LPBYTE)buffer, strlen(buffer) + 1 );
if ( result != ERROR_SUCCESS )
...

Stop in debugger and see result value.
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jkr earned 500 total points
ID: 10724445
I doubt that there is a key named "Softwate".
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by:AlexFM
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Good point, but he creates it.
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by:smitergrite
ID: 10729399
Well, neat of you to spot my spelling mistake, I totaly overlooked it.

Here are your points as that was the problem, solved now.

Incidently I looked in regedit but can't find any softwate. Oh well at least it works now.
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