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User input in registry file

Posted on 2011-03-05
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Hi,
    I have a registry file (.reg) that needs to take an input from the user and use it internally in the file before making mods to the registry..Please see below

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MyCorporation\MySoftware]
"Port"="COM5"

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I want the "COM5" to come from user-input instead of hard-coding it, or having the user edit the registry file.  

Any help is appreciated!

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Question by:arunykand
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by:oBdA
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Use a batch file instead of a registry file, for example like this:
@echo off
set /p Port=Please enter the port number: COM
if "%Port%"=="" goto :eof
reg.exe add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MyCorporation\MySoftware" /v "Port" /t REG_SZ /d "COM%Port%"

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That could of course be as well changed to a menu, and/or restricted to certain values.
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by:arunykand
ID: 35043775
Ok, so you're saying put everything into a batch file and let the reg.exe add take care of it?

I was also using the .reg file to add other items & remove items, how would I implement that into the batch file along with what you have given me?

Ex:

//Modify reg value
;[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters]
;"maximumpasswordage"=dword:00000078

//Delete reg Value

;[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce]
;"OSK.exe"=-

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ID: 35043794
"reg.exe /?", "reg.exe add /?" and reg.exe delete /?" will give you the necessary explanations to expand the script. In the cases above:
@echo off
set /p Port=Please enter the port number: COM
if "%Port%"=="" goto :eof
reg.exe add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MyCorporation\MySoftware" /v "Port" /t REG_SZ /d "COM%Port%" /f
reg.exe add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters" /v "maximumpasswordage" /t REG_DWORD /d "78" /f
reg delete "HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce" /v "OSK.exe" /f

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And in first the script above I forgot to add a "/f" at the end of the reg command to avoid asking for confirmation, sorry.
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by:arunykand
ID: 35043806
Excellent, thank you!
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