Microsoft KB Archive/168589

From BetaArchive Wiki
Knowledge Base

How To Export WinNT Registry Entries from a Command Prompt

Article ID: 168589

Article Last Modified on 2/23/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q168589


The contents of the Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 registry can be exported to a text file without starting Registry Editor.

Additionally, a specific registry key can be designated for export with only the contents being exported.


To prevent dialog boxes from appearing when you start Registry Editor, you can add a switch to Regedit.exe at a command prompt to export all or part of the Windows NT or Windows 2000 registry. This makes it a transparent operation and no user input is required.

The syntax for Regedit.exe is documented in the "Windows 95 Resource Kit" on page 1025.

The additional parameters for Regedit.exe are:

REGEDIT /e File_name.reg regkey_name

File_name.reg - Specifies the text file name to which the Registry should be exported.

Regkey_name - Optionally specifies the key to be exported.


To transparently export the registry to a text file, click Start, click Run, type regedit /e c:\output.txt, and then click OK.

To export a registry key, add the specific location to the command such as:

regedit /e c:\output.reg


Additional query words: Export registry DOS

Keywords: kbenv kbhowto KB168589