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 atext file without starting Registry Editor.

Additionally, a specific registry key can be designated for export withonly the contents being exported.
To prevent dialog boxes from appearing when you start Registry Editor, youcan add a switch to Regedit.exe at a command prompt to export all or partof the Windows NT or Windows 2000 registry. This makes it a transparent operation and nouser 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 commandsuch as:
regedit /e c:\output.reg

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