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Is there something better than regedit.exe for searching and editing the Windows registry?

Update 1: Registrar Registry Manager 6.50 from Resplendence Software Projects, free lite edition meets the two requirements listed below. Direct download URL (2.7 MB). Search can also be restricted to a particular branch in the registry. However exporting and sorting on columns in the search window is disabled in the lite version (and there may be other limitations). I haven't yet evaluated the other candidates.

In particular I would like to be able to batch search instead of having to step through with F3.

And a go to function that will open a particular registry key, e.g. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer, instead of having to go through from the top,

Platform: Windows XP.

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RegAlyzer© is what you need. It is a tool to view and edit the registry, much like Windows regedit for advanced users.

RegAlyzer is a tool to browse and change the registry. It was created because of a few features we missed in the original regedit tool, from support for exotic value types over background and regular expression search to better bookmarks, displaying .reg files in the accustomed style and a history view.

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+1 - RegAlyzer just works. –  Umber Ferrule Mar 16 '10 at 22:32
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jv16 PowerTools 2010 - Registry Find and Replace

The Registry Find and Replace tool allows you to find and replace data from the registry. The degree of flexibility and safety of use will make this tool invaluable to you.

The feature is especially useful when fixing the registry after a changed hard drive letter. For example, you have purchased a new hard drive and you have moved your C:\Programs directory to D:\Programs. Of course, none of the programs actually work since the registry still contains the old path at C:\ drive. Fixing the program with the Registry Find and Replace takes only a few clicks: search for "C:\Programs" and replace it with "D:\Programs".

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Why this feature stands apart compared with its competitors

  • Can search with many search words at a time
  • Can find registry items based on their last modification date
  • Supports searching with wildcards, Perl Regular Expressions and Artificial Intelligence
  • Safe to use, as the backup feature is activated by default

Reg Organizer 5.10

License: Shareware $29.95

Requires: Win7/Vista/2K/XP

Reg Organizer® is an extensive and extremely powerful set of registry tools required for effective system registry management. This software lets you view, edit and safely clean the registry. It allows to preview the registry files you want to import (including the ability to preview files directly from Windows Explorer). Includes registry cleaner, which will safely compact, repair and optimize the registry.

alt text With Reg Organizer you can thoroughly search the registry to find all the keys related to a certain application - Reg Organizer does this job quicker and better than other similar programs. Other Reg Organizer features include the ability to find and replace the registry entries, automatic registry cleanup, Disk Cleanup tool, access to many undocumented Windows features. Plug-in expandability gives unlimited possibilities of third party enhancements.

RegEditX 2.0

License: Freeware

Requires: Win All

RegEditX (Registry Editor Extensions) is freeware that enhances the Windows Registry Editor. If you edit the same keys repeatedly, this is for you! New buttons activate frequently used commands, and a combo box stores a history of visited keys and allows quick navigation back to them. alt text

The keys are saved across sessions and available the next time you use the Registry Editor.

Registry Commander 1.04.3054

License: Freeware

Requires: Win All

An enhanced registry editor, which can do a lot of neat stuff that the Windows Regedit can't.

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  • Use this application as a replacement for the registry editor that comes with windows (REGEDIT.EXE).

  • Registry Commander can do what all other registry editors can't such as cut/copy/paste, advanced search, change value type (string => binary), bookmark of keys and values, support of other types than just strings, dword and binary values.

  • A thing I never understood is why no registration database editors showed the size of the value data, this is properly one of the things that made me create this application!


OPEN SOURCE (great search, but no replace option, sorry...)

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Check out these features:

Efficient interface: On some platforms, Reg is faster than RegEdit.

Bookmarks: More recent versions of RegEdit implement Favorites, but Reg uses a more convenient bookmark box attached to the main window. Of course, Reg also works on older versions of Windows, where RegEdit has no Favorites featuers.

Background search: Searches are conducted in the background, allowing the user to continue working with the registry.

Regular expression search: Weed out those pesky, hard-to-find registry keys using a regular expression search.

Partial search: Limit search scope to only a sub-tree of the registry. Great for searching, for example, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE!

Search results: Search hits are collected in a pane on the main window, Allowing user to get an overview of the search hits, scan the list, jump back and forth between hits, etc. Tired of stepping through a registry search? This is the feature for you!

Multi-delete from search results: Registry need a cleaning? Do a search and then delete en masse from the results.

Export and import: Can export standard version 4 registry files, and import version 4 and 5 registry files. (Unicode not supported for v5 files).

Full Windows XP Visual Style support.

For more: http://majorgeeks.com/downloads15.html

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"jv16 PowerTools 2010 - Registry Find and Replace" and "Reg" have batch search as far as I can see. What about batch search for others? –  Peter Mortensen Oct 14 '10 at 14:36
"RegEditX 2.0" and "Reg" have "go to" by way of an editable address bar. What about the others? –  Peter Mortensen Oct 14 '10 at 14:40
@Peter Mortensen: Sorry man that's all I know (Ubuntu user here ;) ) –  Krazy_Kaos Oct 14 '10 at 18:44
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I really like Registry Workshop. The GUI is very well done.

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Instead of using a third party registry editor I suggest you to use Nirsoft's RegScanner for a fast and easy search and access to the registry keys you're looking for. From RegScanner it's possible to access these keys with a keystroke.

nirsoft's regscanner

Also, in case of protected registry keys such as undeletable «legacy's» entries you may use Sysinternal's PsExec with a command line (in a shortcut) like:

"c:\Program Files\PsExec\psexec" -i -d -s c:\windows\regedit.exe


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It can export the keys for backup, create HTML/text reports and search for keys modified within a specific time frame. It can open the key in regular regedit with just a double-click/F8. It can open a key/value path you copied to clipboard, with just a press of F7. –  ADTC Jul 21 '13 at 6:41
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