How to change a registry key on multiple workstations via command line or group policy?

Posted on 2009-05-02
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
I found your reply to the following question: How to change a registry key on 400 workstations via command line or group policy or batch file?

I work at a University and need a little help changing a registry key on 108 workstations.  I am providing the information below in the hopes that you can help us.  We successfully made the changes manually, but via the server would be so much more proficient.

Workstations are WIN_XPsp3
Server is WIN_SER 2003 Enterprise Ed sp2

Provide a little more information about -

1. What registry key it is (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Software Shelf International Inc\Print Manager Plus  Client)  
2. Where is the list of computers that need it importing
  - in a file
  - in an OU in Active Directory (YES)
  - etc.
3. Are you an admin on each computer (YES, We have a domain admin account)
4. Are all the computers in the same domain or forest (Yes, the same domain)
Question by:interdomingo
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    Accepted Solution

    Group policy would be great, but unfortunately won't work for your case (only a special ..\policies\.. section of the registry is changed).
    Therefore I suggest creating a *.reg file with the appropriate settings and have all machines "run" that *reg file (e.g. via login script).
    Disadvantage: the user logging in might not have sufficient rights in that registry section (well, he probably has) and the user may be annoyed by unexpected things happening during login.
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    Assisted Solution

    You could use a custom ADM.  As thehagman points out however this would be an unmanaged policy - if you were to remove the GPO the setting would not revert to it's pre-tweak state...

    If you can provide the registry key that needs to be set (and preferably the before and after values) I can throw together an example for you.

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