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Search and Replace in the Windows registry


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How can I do a (repeated) search and replace in the Windows registry? The registry editor regedit.exe seems not to have such a menu item.


Go to the branch below you want to do the search and replace, export it to a text file (extension .reg) and open it with Notepad.
Do the search and replace there, then import it back into the registry.

  1. You will not be able to import below some keys like HKEY_USERS - which only makes sense.
  2. Obviously this is a very powerful tool and you need to be very careful with where you change, especially if you exported a lot.
  3. There are also freeware tools that allow such a search and replace.
    Try WIC RegistryReplacer from WIC (What I Can)


2012-01-28, 17:18:04



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