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Hi There! I have a program which is able to retrieve various registry values using C# codes which was compiled and created using VS 2010.

However the problem arises when I tried to display the results retrieved from the Windows Registry into a rich text box within a form.

The form only shows 1 line which is the last value in the Array that contains the results.

Please do give some advice on the codes. Thanks!

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using Microsoft.Win32;

namespace Syscrawl
{
    public partial class FTK_Menu_Browsing_History : Form
    {
        public FTK_Menu_Browsing_History()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private void buttonFileHistory_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.Hide();
            FTK_Menu_File_History mfh = new FTK_Menu_File_History();
            mfh.ShowDialog();
            this.Close();
        }

        private void buttonEncryptedFiles_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.Hide();
            FTK_Menu_Encrypted_Files mef = new FTK_Menu_Encrypted_Files();
            mef.ShowDialog();
            this.Close();
        }

        private void buttonRecentlyAccessedFiles_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.Hide();
            FTK_Menu_Recently_Accessed_Files mraf = new FTK_Menu_Recently_Accessed_Files();
            mraf.ShowDialog();
            this.Close();
        }

        private void buttonRegistryHistory_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.Hide();
            FTK_Menu_Registry_History mrh = new FTK_Menu_Registry_History();
            mrh.ShowDialog();
            this.Close();
        }

        private void buttonMainMenu_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.Hide();
            Menu m = new Menu();
            m.ShowDialog();
            this.Close();
        }

        private void buttonLogOut_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.Hide();
            Syscrawl_Login sl = new Syscrawl_Login();
            sl.ShowDialog();
            this.Close();
        }

        private void FTK_Menu_Browsing_History_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            try
            {
                RegistryKey rk = Registry.CurrentUser;

                rk = rk.OpenSubKey("Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\TypedURLs", false);
                PrintKeys(rk);
                rk.Close();
            }

            catch (Exception MyError)
            {
                richTextBoxBrowsing.Text="An error has occurred: " + MyError.Message;
            }
        }

        void PrintKeys(RegistryKey rk)
        {
            if (rk == null)
            {
                richTextBoxBrowsing.Text="Couldn't open the desired subkey.";
                return;
            }

            richTextBoxBrowsing.Text = "Subkeys of " + rk.Name;

            try
            {
                string[] valnames = rk.GetValueNames();
                int i = 0;

                foreach (string s in valnames)
                {
                    string val = (string)rk.GetValue(valnames[i++]);
                    richTextBoxBrowsing.Text="-----------------------------------------------";
                    richTextBoxBrowsing.Text=s + " contains " + val;
                }
            }

            catch (Exception MyError)
            {
                richTextBoxBrowsing.Text = "An errors has occurred: " + MyError.Message;
            }
        }

        private void richTextBoxBrowsing_TextChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {

        }
    }
}

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by:AndyAinscow
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               foreach (string s in valnames)
                {
                    string val = (string)rk.GetValue(valnames[i++]);
                    richTextBoxBrowsing.Text="-----------------------------------------------";
                    richTextBoxBrowsing.Text=s + " contains " + val;
                }


Each time throught the loop it REPLACES the curent text with the new text.  You need to build up the string inside the loop then set the contents of the text box after the loop exits
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by:VMthinker
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Perhaps you could show me some of the codes changes?
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ID: 34142998

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using Microsoft.Win32;

namespace Syscrawl
{
    public partial class FTK_Menu_Browsing_History : Form
    {
        public FTK_Menu_Browsing_History()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private void buttonFileHistory_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.Hide();
            FTK_Menu_File_History mfh = new FTK_Menu_File_History();
            mfh.ShowDialog();
            this.Close();
        }

        private void buttonEncryptedFiles_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.Hide();
            FTK_Menu_Encrypted_Files mef = new FTK_Menu_Encrypted_Files();
            mef.ShowDialog();
            this.Close();
        }

        private void buttonRecentlyAccessedFiles_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.Hide();
            FTK_Menu_Recently_Accessed_Files mraf = new FTK_Menu_Recently_Accessed_Files();
            mraf.ShowDialog();
            this.Close();
        }

        private void buttonRegistryHistory_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.Hide();
            FTK_Menu_Registry_History mrh = new FTK_Menu_Registry_History();
            mrh.ShowDialog();
            this.Close();
        }

        private void buttonMainMenu_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.Hide();
            Menu m = new Menu();
            m.ShowDialog();
            this.Close();
        }

        private void buttonLogOut_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.Hide();
            Syscrawl_Login sl = new Syscrawl_Login();
            sl.ShowDialog();
            this.Close();
        }

        private void FTK_Menu_Browsing_History_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            try
            {
                RegistryKey rk = Registry.CurrentUser;

                rk = rk.OpenSubKey("Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\TypedURLs", false);
                PrintKeys(rk);
                rk.Close();
            }

            catch (Exception MyError)
            {
                richTextBoxBrowsing.Text="An error has occurred: " + MyError.Message;
            }
        }

        void PrintKeys(RegistryKey rk)
        {
            if (rk == null)
            {
                richTextBoxBrowsing.Text="Couldn't open the desired subkey.";
                return;
            }

            richTextBoxBrowsing.Text = "Subkeys of " + rk.Name;

            try
            {
                string[] valnames = rk.GetValueNames();
                int i = 0;

                foreach (string s in valnames)
                {
                    string val = (string)rk.GetValue(valnames[i++]);
                    richTextBoxBrowsing.Text+="-----------------------------------------------";
                    richTextBoxBrowsing.Text+=s + " contains " + val;
                }
            }

            catch (Exception MyError)
            {
                richTextBoxBrowsing.Text = "An errors has occurred: " + MyError.Message;
            }
        }

        private void richTextBoxBrowsing_TextChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {

        }
    }
}

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by:AndyAinscow
ID: 34143034
string sTxt = new string;              
 foreach (string s in valnames)
                {
                    string val = (string)rk.GetValue(valnames[i++]);
                    sTxt +="-----------------------------------------------";
                    sTxt +=s + " contains " + val;
                }
richTextBoxBrowsing.Text = sTxt;
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by:VMthinker
ID: 34143101
@Andy the variable sTxt could not be initialized.
@hos the codes would only show all the results in a messy format.

The Correct solution provided by other forums would be:

foreach (string s in valnames)
                {
                    string val = (string)rk.GetValue(valnames[i++]);
                    richTextBoxBrowsing.AppendText(s + " contains " + val + "\n"); 
                }

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by:AndyAinscow
ID: 34143148
My first comment contained the following:
Each time throught the loop it REPLACES the curent text with the new text.

This is why the original code failed to work, I also suggested one way to solve the problem.

To say the solution is not acceptable because someone else would have suggested a different method (that actually implements my suggestion) is rather silly.
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by:VMthinker
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250 Points each should be fair no complaints I presume? Any problems please refer to moderator notes.
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