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Powershell reg save vs. reg query on remote workstations

Last Modified: 2015-02-27
Hi guys,

I need to export registry keys from a remote computer for import into other remote machines (copy) using PowerShell V3.0.

When I use REG QUERY to view the registry keys thus:

    reg query \\[computername]\HKLM\[subkey] /s | Out-File -append .\export.log

all subkeys are recursively output to export.log as expected.

However, when using REG SAVE to actually save a copy of the registry (in order to use REG RESTORE to import keys into target computers):

    reg save \\[computername]\HKLM\[subkey] .\export.hiv

I am encountering the following error: "ERROR: The system was unable to find the specified registry key or value."

What's going on? Why can the REG QUERY find the specified keys/subkeys but not the REG SAVE?

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