The Reg.exe utility in Windows Server 2003 unexpectedly returns the REG_SZ registry type for registry values in the REG_EXPAND_SZ type

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SYMPTOMS

In Windows Server 2003, the Reg.exe utility unexpectedly returns the REG_SZ registry type for registry values in the REG_EXPAND_SZ type. This behavior may affect the end-user environment if you run this utility in a script that is based on registry types.

CAUSE

The Reg.exe utility does not correctly manage the REG_EXPAND_SZ registry type.

RESOLUTION

A hotfix is available to resolve this problem. After you apply this hotfix, the Reg.exe utility returns the correct registry type.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 installed.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.

Registry information

To use this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2003 with SP1, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Reg.exe5.2.3790.306280,38419-Dec-200710:28x86
Windows Server 2003 with SP2, x86-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Reg.exe5.2.3790.420880,38419-Dec-200711:16x86
Windows Server 2003 with SP1, IA64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Reg.exe5.2.3790.3062194,04819-Dec-200713:06IA-64SP1Not Applicable
Wreg.exe5.2.3790.306280,38419-Dec-200713:06x86SP1WOW
Windows Server 2003 with SP2, IA64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Reg.exe5.2.3790.4208194,04819-Dec-200713:37IA-64SP2Not Applicable
Wreg.exe5.2.3790.420880,38419-Dec-200713:37x86SP2WOW
Windows Server 2003, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Reg.exe5.2.3790.3062122,88019-Dec-200713:07x64SP1Not Applicable
Wreg.exe5.2.3790.306280,38419-Dec-200713:07x86SP1WOW
Windows Server 2003 with SP2, x64-based versions
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Reg.exe5.2.3790.4208122,88019-Dec-200713:32x64SP2Not Applicable
Wreg.exe5.2.3790.420880,38419-Dec-200713:32x86SP2WOW

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

REG_EXPAND_SZ is a null-terminated string that contains unexpanded references to environment variables. (For example, %PATH% is one such environment variable.) Whether REG_EXPAND_SZ becomes a Unicode string or an ANSI string depends on whether you use the Unicode or ANSI functions. You can use the ExpandEnvironmentStrings function to expand the environment variable references.

For more information about registry value types, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms724884.aspx
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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Article ID: 945219 - Last Review: December 28, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
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