Console Registry tool for Windows

Microsoft's latest and greatest operating systems - Windows XP

Professional and Windows .NET Server (currently in release candidate

status) - offer a breadth of new command line utilities that will

hopefully make your job easier. One of these new utilities is the

Console Registry tool for Windows.

**Caution: Modifying the registry incorrectly can render your system

unbootable and force you to reinstall. Modify at your own risk.**

The Console Registry tool for Windows, which can be launched by typing

"reg.exe" at the command line, allows you to add, change and display

registry keys and values directly from the command line. NOTE: This is

a different utility than the Registry Manipulation Utility (reg.exe)

that was included with the Windows NT Server Version 4.0 Resource Kit,

Supplement Two.

The cool feature of this utility is its ability to manipulate the

registry in a number of different ways. For example, you have the option

of exporting a key or set of keys from the registry to a .REG file. You

also have the ability to import a .REG file, which will overwrite and/or

add the keys and values listed in the .REG file directly to your

registry. But what if you just want to change a value of an existing

key? You can do this directly from the command line without the use of

.REG files by typing a command similar to the following:

REG QUERY HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

This command gives you a list of all of the keys and values under the

Run section of this portion of the registry. If you want to change a

value, you type a command similar to the following:

REG ADD HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run /v DMU /d

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