What i want: Load another users registry hive (HKCU aka NTUSER.DAT located in %UserProfile%\UserName on local machine).

^ This works just fine. Inluding the unload command.

The problem is with the reg /import command that seems to import things only to currently logged on users HKCU. I even tried changing the .reg files i want to import, manually to point to the location where the hive is located (in my case HKU/UserName). But even then when i doubleclicked the .reg file it's settings were still imported into my own HKCU.

I also looked into creating the nessesary keys with PowerShell but some of the keys and data to be created is massive (700+ subkeys) so it's not really an option.

Any ideas on how I can do this?

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    Try using Runas to load the user profile and run in the context of that user. Something like runas /user domain\userToImportHiveFor "regedit /import regfile.reg" perhaps? Jan 27, 2014 at 16:22

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This works for me

runas /u:tester "cmd.exe /k reg import c:\temp\test.reg"


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Once you runas something as another user you will see it's registry appear under HKEY_USERS and the value is imported there.

  • Ok it almost worked after: I made sure Secondary Logon service was running (it was manual but stopped), i escaped quotation marks by backslash \ but unfortunately for runas to work the other user MUST have a password set and it CANT be a blank one either. So that's a major problem because i dont have (and i dont want to) have password set for the second user. The command itself was: Runas /profile /Env /user:UserName "reg /import \"c:\temp\test.reg\"" after wich i got: Enter the password for UserName:
    – TMRW
    Jan 29, 2014 at 0:09
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    superuser.com/questions/342680/… this seems to help
    – Vitas
    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:45
  • Indeed i was now able to execute the import with Runas /savecred: /u:UserName "reg /import \"c:\temp\test.reg\""
    – TMRW
    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:03

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