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Member feedback: More on REGEDIT and REGEDT32

Reader Lenny Gemar sent us this comment regarding our last admin tip, "The difference between REGEDIT and REGEDT32."

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"While I agree with the article on these differences, one facet you missed is the Find function. In REGEDIT, you can search the entire registry or just a hive, based on the Explorer-like interface. REGEDT32 only allows you to search one HKEY at a time. Maybe I'm missing something, but I haven't figured out how to duplicate that search ability in REGEDT32."

Our tip contributor, Serdar Yegulalp, when apprised of this comment, replied:

Good point. I should have added this to the tip:

REGEDIT and REGEDT32 have another major difference. In REGEDIT, the whole registry can be searched at once. In REGEDT32, you can only search each of the major subkeys -- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG, HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, HKEY_CURRENT_USER and HKEY_USERS -- separately. If you want to search for a specific key through the whole of the registry, you can use REGEDIT to do the search and REGEDT32 to do the editing if you need to modify permissions.

In Windows XP, REGEDIT and REGEDT32 have been combined into one program, so it doesn't make a difference which program you call up. They are one and the same.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the comment, Lenny! We're glad you brought this to our attention.

This was first published in April 2002

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