Importing and Exporting Registry Keys

Registrar Registry Manager allows you to import and export both Windows registration files and registry hive files.

Importing registration files

To import a registration file, choose Import .reg file from the File menu. You will be given the option to browse to your .reg file. After selecting, the contents of the file will  be imported (merged) into the local registry.

Exporting registration files

In order to export a registry key, ensure the key you wish to export is selected (its title will also be displayed in the address bar). Now choose Export .reg file from the File menu. If you wish to export the entire registry, select the top of the tree (titled Registry). Note that only the rootkeys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE  and HKEY_USERS get exported because all other rootkeys are included (they can be found as subkeys of any of these two rootkeys).

Warnings about Registration files

note.gif (980 bytes)  RegEdit compatible registration files are suitable for creating distributable registry scripts but should not be used for backing up or storing data. Because of bugs in all existing versions of regedit.exe, certain registry values which got exported in a registration file may just get ignored when reimported. This problem exists with both ANSI and UNICODE reg files.

Because Registrar uses the same format of registration file as regedit.exe, you cannot solve this problem by using Registrar for importing and exporting registration files.

It is also possible that certain registry keys do not get exported because the user who is currently logged on may have insufficient permissions to read them. Typically, a reg file does not contain any information on classes, security, permissions and ownership settings.

To backup your registry, choose Backup Registry from the File menu, or read more on Backing up and Restoring your registry

Online Help Topics


· Introduction

· Product Description and Features

· What's new

· Registrar Command Line Edition

· Supported Windows Versions

· FAQ and Tips

About the Registry

· About the Windows registry

· Registry Root Keys

· Registry Path Syntax

· About Windows 64-bit editions

Editing the Registry

· Browsing the Registry

· Editing Registry Keys

· Registry Key Properties

· Editing Registry Values

· Data Editor

· Include and Exclude Filters

Registry Tools

· Advanced Search Tool

· Bookmark Manager

· Undoing Registry Changes

· Registry Backup and Restore

· Registry Monitor

· Registry Defragmentation Tool

· Advanced Registry Compare Tool

· File Reference Editor

· CLSID Lookup Utility

· Hidden Registry Keys

Registry Security

· Registry Key Permissions

· Registry Key Auditing

· Registry Key Ownership

Registry Files

· Registry File Formats

· Importing and Exporting Registry Files

· Editing Registry Files

Remote Registry Editing

· Remote Registry Editing

Advanced Options

· Editor Options

· Startup Options

· Interface Layout Options

· Registry View Options

· Visual Options

· Shell Options

· Remote Registry Options

· Registry Monitor Options

· Bookmark Options

· Undo Options

· Misc Options

· Commandline Options for rr.exe/rr64.exe

· Registry Shortcuts

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