Saturday, 26 May 2007

Browse your registry even if regedit doesn't let you


Here's a vbs script that replaces your good old regedit.exe ... well, partly. Why would you use it? Maybe because...

  • you get an error "registry editing has been disabled by your administrator". But then again, you could simply activate registry editing with this script. If you cannot access regedit.exe then you can download regedit.exe and place it on your desktop. (For example if you get the error "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.")
  • you don't need to have administrator rights to read your registry
  • you don't need to install anything. It's a script. Just copy and paste the code to a text file, name it regexplore.vbs and double click on it.
  • you find it easier to use than the registry editor
  • it let's you browse the registry on a remote PC (if you have access, of course)
  • you can copy and paste registry paths easily.
  • it displays Binary Keys as readable text
  • it is "read only" and you don't want to overwrite anything in the registry

TIP: Browse HKEY_USERS\[your subkey]\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\ with this script. There are a lot of binary keys that will immediately be displayed in readable text form.

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