How do I import putty connections from an old registry? The old hard drive is USB connected. The option "load hive" is disabled in Regedit. What are my options? Operating system:Windows Seven I got a new HD and installed WIN7 on the new one. The old HD(had WIn7 installed) boots to BSOD. Blue screen of death. The old HD is with me for limited time, so what files related to putty do I need to copy to the new HD?


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As detailed in this article Load Hive... is only enabled when HKEY_USERS or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE is selected. Once you have loaded the old hive you can locate the PuTTY settings and export them (and import them again after fixing the key names in the exported file).

Usually you don't have to copy anything else to have PuTTY work as before. If you've created any keys (with Pageant) you might want to copy these to your new disk.

  • that was the first thing I checked. It remains greyed even after after HKEY_CURRENT_USER is selected. Jul 13, 2015 at 13:53
  • Oops my mistake (can't even copy text) That should have been HKEY_USERS. Edited. Jul 13, 2015 at 13:55
  • the only file I backed up from my old HD is ntuser.dat. Is that sufficient? A new dialog box asks for a key.? Jul 13, 2015 at 13:58
  • Yes, the old hive will be shown with the key you specify in that dialog box. If you're done with it you can (should) unload it again by selecting that key and doing "Unload Hive..." from the menu. If your ntuser.dat is from the user that had the putty settings it's the file you need. Jul 13, 2015 at 14:06
  • THere is only "Microsoft" under software, no Simontatham. Jul 13, 2015 at 14:12

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