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Connect to the Registry

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

To manage registries remotely, use Registry Editor. Once you have opened Registry Editor, you can proceed with any of the actions below.

CautionCaution
Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. Before making changes to the registry, you should back up any valued data on your computer.

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If you make a mistake that results in your computer not starting properly, you can restore the registry. For instructions, see Restore the Registry.

Connecting to a registry over a network

To connect to a registry over a network
  1. In Registry Editor, on the File menu, click Connect Network Registry.

  2. In the Select Computer dialog box, click Object Types, select the specific object you are searching for (usually Computers), and then click OK.

  3. Click Locations, specify the location you want to search, and then click OK.

  4. Type the name of the computer to whose registry you want to connect in Enter the object name to select and then click Check Names.

  5. When the computer name resolves, click OK.

Additional considerations

  • To connect to a remote registry, you do not need to be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group on your computer, but you do need administrator privileges on the remote computer.

  • To edit a remote registry, you must to be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group on your local computer.

  • Both computers must be running the Remote Registry service. If the Remote Registry service is not started on either computer, you must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group on the computer in order to start the service.

  • Network policy settings may prevent you from completing this procedure.

Disconnecting from a registry over a network

To disconnect from a network registry
  1. In Registry Editor, on the File menu, click Disconnect Network Registry.

  2. In the Disconnect Network Registry dialog box, click the name of the computer whose registry you want to disconnect and then click OK.

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