Delete a registry key

Posted on 2006-07-12
Last Modified: 2010-04-05

I've tried 2 ways to delete a registry value with no success.

1st :
function RegDelKey(key: HKEY; const path: string) : boolean;
  c2 : cardinal;
  if (c2<>ERROR_SUCCESS) and (c2<>2) then
    (PChar('Error number: '+IntToStr(c2)),PChar('Deleting RegKey "'+path+'"'),0);

2nd :
var Reg  : TRegistry;

  Reg.DeleteKey(Label1.Caption);//delete the key

The key doesnt go.
Using the function i get an error 5. I think its access denied...
I am an admin so why this happens ?
Question by:CodedK
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Author Comment

ID: 17092240
I meant a registry key, not a value...

This key :

I want to delete the ProgID
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Author Comment

ID: 17092252
The ProgID folder has other folders inside thats why it doesnt go so whatshould i do
to delete everything up to ProgId ?
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by:Russell Libby
ID: 17092297

If you are running an NT based system, then you will need to use the second version if the key has subkeys. Also, have you tried changing the access on the second version to KEY_ALL_ACCESS? (you need to be able to enumerate the subkeys, if there are any)

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Russell Libby earned 250 total points
ID: 17092322
The Reg.DeleteKey ends up calling RegEnumKeyEx, which according to the docs:

>> The key identified by hKey must have been opened with KEY_ENUMERATE_SUB_KEYS access (KEY_READ includes KEY_ENUMERATE_SUB_KEYS). Use the RegCreateKeyEx or RegOpenKeyEx function to open the key.

so the KEY_WRITE access is not going to give it the rights to do it.


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Author Comment

ID: 17092330
I just added KEY_ALL_ACCESS and it worked.

>> you need to be able to enumerate the subkeys, if there are any

There are other subkeys inside but it worked (XP SP2).

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