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I am needing to do some registry editing for my current software project and I am finding that Regedit is not really that good.

Does anyone know a good (preferably free) registry editing tool?

Some features I would like:

  1. Access to other user's registry keys (assuming I am an admin)

    a. Meaning I would want to see HKEY_CURRENT_USER for other users.

  2. Path like functionality (kind of like windows explorer)

    a. Instead of showing C:\Windows... It would show HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE....

I really need number one, I would like to have number two.

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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!


Reg

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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I would reccomend you Registrar Registry Manager.

There's a completely free version which is really powerfull but still easy to use.

It reaches to version 7 but it's still updated frequently, give it a try: http://www.resplendence.com/downloads

Use "free home edition" link

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my favorite:

RegSeeker is a handy tool for managing several popular registry items and searching the registry by keyword. It offers quick access to Startup Entries, Uninstall Information, Color Schemes, History items (URLs, Recent Documents etc) and IE Favorites.

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RegSeeker much faster than Regedit if you're searching for particicular registry entries.

RegSeeker is freeware.

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That screenshot needs to see an eye-doc. –  random Sep 24 '09 at 23:25
    
@Molly, try using imgur.com or some other photo host that allows hotlinking. –  hyperslug Sep 24 '09 at 23:31

regedit is installed by default.

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And he said regedit doesn't fit his needs. –  ctacke Sep 24 '09 at 22:20
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But he was wrong. –  jeffamaphone Sep 24 '09 at 22:51
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@jeffamaphore LOL, +1 –  William Hilsum Sep 24 '09 at 23:04

http://www.resplendence.com/registrar%5Ffeatures.htm

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The OP did specify free. This is not. –  raven Apr 21 '10 at 18:27

I found this that does the second item (a path option)

http://www.dcsoft.com/products/regeditx/

But the one I need is number 1.

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You can see HKEY_CURRENT_USER is just an alias to a subtree of HKEY_USERS. Go read this: geekgirls.com/windows_registry01.htm –  jeffamaphone Sep 24 '09 at 22:52

There may well be other registry utiltiies that have better functionality than RegEdit (like searching and undo), but regedit can do the 2 things you're asking about and has the advantage of already being there.

You can see other user hives by loading the hive file for the user (the user's ntreg.dat file). Select an existing key in regedit and use the "File/Load Hive..." command to load a hive to a 'virtual key' that it'll ask you to name.

And the path for the currently selected item is in the status bar at the bottom of the window.

edit - I see now that you're looking to be able to type in a path, not see it, so my answer's not helpful here]

That said - one free reg util I've used (because I needed to use it on Windows installation that didn't have regedit) is RegAlyzer:

It worked well enough for my needs.

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While none did what I wanted, this one was the best. –  Vaccano Sep 28 '09 at 16:38
    
Too bad it was migrated before I could pick the answer. Michael deserves the points, but he does not get them. –  Vaccano Sep 28 '09 at 16:39
    
+1 for RegAlyzer –  Umber Ferrule Mar 3 '10 at 10:02

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