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Need Remote Registry Editor with Find and Replace

Posted on 2006-11-11
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I have spent all day searching and give up. Can anyone reccommend a remote registry editor with find and replace capabilities? Thanks!
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by:manicsquirrel
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If you are on a domain, then regedit.exe can find a key or value.  You can manually replace it.  From the File menu select Connect Network Registry.  In the dialog box that appears enter the remote computer and go from there.
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There is also, RegeditX, http://www.dcsoft.com/products/regeditx/ .  It is an extension to the Windows regedit.  It adds and additional menu and some other functions with Find AND Replace and it is supposed to search 5 times faster than regedit.  Because it is an extension to regedit, you can still use the "Connect Network Registry" to edit another computer's registry.

Unfortunately, I don't have a computer that is not on a domain at my disposal, but I believe if you know the admin credentials to your target computer and you are only on a peer-to-peer workgroup, you can still connect to the other registry, you will just be prompted for the appropriate credentials.
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  RegeditX was close. It had an add-on (companion) called Registry Crawler which had both remote registry access and find & replace. The find & replace is a must. There must be 400 to 500 entries I need to change and doing them manually is not an option.

   Doing this across a network is also a pain. As a rule I can take the hard drive out of the target computer and make it a second drive in my computer. That way the registry on the second drive is inactive and should allow full access. The problem with this approach is finding a registry editor with find & replace that will let me open the registry simply on another hard drive as opposed to across the network. This "Ultimate Boot CD for WIndows" I have been playing with has a registry editor that will do this but it lacks the find & replace.
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Regedit has the capability to open another registry from another location as well.  The function is Load Hive.  For detailed information on hive files look at http://www.windowsitlibrary.com/Content/224/3.html .

To load a hive into the registry

1. Open Registry Editor.
2. In the registry tree (on the left), click either the HKEY_USERS or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE keys.
3. On the File menu, click Load Hive.
4. In Look in, click the drive, folder, or network computer and folder that contains the hive you want to load.
Click Open.
5. In Key Name, type the name that you want to assign to the hive, and then click OK.

Note:You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

Load Hive and Unload Hive affect only the HKEY_USERS and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE keys and are active only when these predefined keys are selected. When you load a hive into the registry, the hive becomes a subkey of one of these keys.
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Yes. Thanks for the info but that approach is missing the find & replace ...
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by:manicsquirrel
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Sorry, I'll look some more and see what I can come up with.  I have a few fast registry tools that I use, let me see if they have a network function.
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