Are there better tools for modifying and editing my registry? Regedit sucks! ~ Ask The Admin

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Are there better tools for modifying and editing my registry? Regedit sucks!

Are you tired of navigating to registry keys to make a small modification?

Don't you wish you could display all your registry search results in one window instead of having to bounce around?

Do you wish you could copy a registry key to the clipboard and select open from clipboard...

To actually have the program navigate to that key for you??

Well those are now real options available to you thanks to NirSoft

Well this little free app will give you some piece of mind and hopefully make you registry modifications a little easier in the future. The program is called RegScanner

From their website:

RegScanner is a small utility that allows you to scan the Registry, find the desired Registry values that match to the specified search criteria, and display them in one list. After finding the Registry values, you can easily jump to the right value in RegEdit, simply by double-clicking the desired Registry item. You can also export the found Registry values into a .reg file that can be used in RegEdit.

Advantages over RegEdit find of Windows

  • RegScanner utility display the entire search result at once, so you don't have to press F3 in order to find the next value.
  • In addition to the standard string search (Like in RegEdit), RegScanner can also find Registry values by data length, value type (REG_SZ, REG_DWORD, and so on), and by modified date of the key.
  • RegScanner can find a unicode string located inside a binary value.
  • RegScanner allows you to make a case sensitive search.
  • While scanning the Registry, RegScanner display the current scanned Registry key, as opposed to RegEdit, that simply display a boring "Searching the registry" dialog-box. [TheHowToGeek via LifeHacker]

For more geeky registry action check out this sysInternals Command that will allow you to "Jump" to a registry key from the command line as well!

This little command-line applet takes a registry path and makes Regedit open to that path. It accepts root keys in standard (e.g. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE) and abbreviated form (e.g. HKLM).

Usage: regjump [path]