How to remotely edit the registry of a client computer from a host computer after you use Remote Recover to connect the host computer to the client computer


Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry. Make sure that you back up the registry before you modify it. Make sure that you know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up, restore, and modify the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry

INTRODUCTION


This article describes how to remotely edit the registry of a client computer from a host computer after you use Remote Recover to connect the host computer to the client computer.

Note Remote Recover is a component of Winternals Administrator's Pak.

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Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

Note To remotely edit the registry of a client computer, the following conditions must be true for the client computer and for the host computer:
  • The computers must run the same operating system.
  • The computers must have the same service pack installed.
To remotely edit the registry of a client computer from a host computer, follow these steps:
  1. On the host computer, start Registry Editor.
  2. Locate the following subtree, and then click it:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  3. On the File menu, click Load Hive.
  4. Locate and then click the registry hive on the client computer that you want to edit.

    Note The registry hive is located in the %Windir%\System32\Config folder as one of the following files:
    • SAM represents the Sam hive.
    • SECURITY represents the Security hive.
    • SOFTWARE represents the Software hive.
    • SYSTEM represents the System hive.
  5. Click Open.
  6. In the Load Hive dialog box, type a name in the Key Name box for the registry hive that you want to edit.
  7. Edit the registry keys.

    Note In step 7, you can edit the registry keys because they are now part of the registry of the host computer.