Reg.exe DELETE and UPDATE Functions Do Not Work as Expected

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SYMPTOMS

When you use Registry Manipulation Utility (Reg.exe) 1.0 included with the Microsoft Windows NT Server Version 4.0 Resource Kit, Supplement Two, the following symptoms occur:

  • When you use the DELETE function with the /F or /f parameter, the program prompts you for deletion even though the online help states that these parameters provide for the creation of batch files for automating the deletion of registry entries without user confirmation.
  • When you use the UPDATE function to modify a DWORD or BINARY registry value, you receive the following error message:

    DWORD Value

    BUGBUG: Need to deal with 32 bit numbers

    BINARY Value

    BUGBUG: Need to deal with binary data

RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, obtain Registry Manipulation Utility 1.05 from the following Microsoft FTP site:

ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/reskit/nt40/i386


NOTE: Registry Manipulation Utility 1.05 is contained in the self- extracting archive file, Reg_x86.exe.

To work around this issue, follow these steps:

  1. At a command prompt, type the following line, and then press ENTER

    cd <drive>:\<ntreskit>

    where <drive> is the drive letter on which Windows NT Server Version 4.0 Resource Kit, Supplement Two is installed, and <ntreskit> is the folder in which Windows NT Server Version 4.0 Resource Kit, Supplement Two is installed.
  2. At a command prompt, type the following line, and then press ENTER:

    edit confirm.txt
  3. Type the letter Y, and then press ENTER.
  4. Press ALT+F, press S (to save), and then press X (to exit).
  5. At a command prompt, type the following line, and then press ENTER:

    reg delete hklm\Software\MyCo\MyApp\Timeout < confirm.txt
This causes the prompt to delete the registry key or value to be automatically answered "Yes."

MORE INFORMATION

Registry Manipulation Utility 1.05 includes the following changes:

  • The DELETE function /F switch has been changed to /FORCE.
  • The UPDATE function is fixed to allow REG_DWORD changes. You no longer receive an error message. Also, REG_BINARY changes are no longer allowed.
For more information about changes in Registry Manipulation Utility 1.05, please see the Readme.txt file contained in the Reg_x86.exe file.

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Article ID: 180286 - Last Review: October 31, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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