How To Export WinNT Registry Entries from a Command Prompt

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The contents of the Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 registry can be exported to a text file without starting Registry Editor.

Additionally, a specific registry key can be designated for export with only the contents being exported.


To prevent dialog boxes from appearing when you start Registry Editor, you can add a switch to Regedit.exe at a command prompt to export all or part of the Windows NT or Windows 2000 registry. This makes it a transparent operation and no user input is required.

The syntax for Regedit.exe is documented in the "Windows 95 Resource Kit" on page 1025.

The additional parameters for Regedit.exe are:
REGEDIT /e File_name.reg regkey_name

File_name.reg - Specifies the text file name to which the Registry should be exported.

Regkey_name - Optionally specifies the key to be exported.


To transparently export the registry to a text file, click Start, click Run, type regedit /e c:\output.txt, and then click OK.

To export a registry key, add the specific location to the command such as:
regedit /e c:\output.reg



Article ID: 168589 - Last Review: February 23, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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