Err Msg: Cannot Import <File>. Error Opening the File.

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it if a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the "Restoring the Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.
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When you double-click a registry entry (.reg) file, you may receive the following error message:
Cannot import <path to file>. Error opening the file. There may be a disk or file system error.


This error message can occur if the .reg file is located in a folder whose name contains spaces.


WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys And Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it.

To resolve this issue, use either of the following methods:
  • Move the .reg file to a folder whose name does not contain spaces.
  • Use Registry Editor to modify the way Regedit.exe examines the path. To do so, use registry editor to modify the data value for the "(Default)" value in the following registry key:
    Change the data value to:
    regedit.exe "%1"
    NOTE: Make sure to include the quotation marks. After you make this change, quit Registry Editor and restart the computer.


Article ID: 187316 - Last Review: November 15, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
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