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I'm trying to load a couple of registry .DAT files as Hives under HKLM.

The .DAT files come from a Windows Server 2008 system and I'm trying to locally reproduce some software development issue.

I've tried this in multiple directories (some under directories in C:\Program Files (x86), and under C:\Windows\system32\config).

The .DAT files load fine in Regedit when I run that as an Administrator.
After that, I can read/write the registry keys fine when running the app as Administrator, and from Regedit.

However, the loaded hives do not persist: after a reboot they are not loaded any more.

The odd thing is: no error messages in the EventVwr.exe that seem to be relevant.

Where should I look for errors and causes of this?

And if this is not a bug, how can I force the loading of these hives at boot time?

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    That's not a bug; it's the expected behavior. – Aaron Miller Sep 21 '13 at 16:31
  • @AaronMiller any documentation about this? Is there a way to work around it? – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Sep 21 '13 at 17:32
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    @JeroenWiertPluimers: Your question assumes that there is documentation to support your method. I know of no documentation that says your method is supported. – surfasb Sep 22 '13 at 2:02

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