Reboot after RegEdit

Posted on 2009-04-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Is a reboot required after a registry edit for Windows 2003 Server 32 bit? The path will be HKey_ Local_Machine > Software
Question by:Lee_bcs
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    by:Kyle Abrahams
    Depends on what it is you're modifying exactly.

    If you're adding keys, no.

    In general, if there is a process in use which uses those keys that you're updating and the process can't be restarted, then a reboot is required.

    Author Comment

    This is a minor change to enable the export of data from an application interface that defaults to not exporting the data. The application interface runs as a Windows Service that could be restarted.
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    Accepted Solution

    No need to restart.  Would recommend shutting down the service, doing your update, then start the service as to not have any conflicts.

    Author Closing Comment

    Your recommendations sound good to me. Thanks very much for your help! Regards.....Lee

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