Microsoft KB Archive/249872

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Cannot Use Windows NT Regedit or Poledit to Remotely Edit Windows 95/98 Registry

Article ID: 249872

Article Last Modified on 2/27/2007


  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95

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You are unable to use Regedit or Poledit from a Windows NT-based computer to remotely edit the registry on a Windows 95-based or Windows 98-based computer running the Remote Registry service.


If you perform a network trace of the problem, you can see that Regedit and Poledit do not send a name query for the computer name with the correct NetBIOS suffix appended.


To work around this behavior, use Regedt32.exe instead of other registry tools.


Regedt32 initially tries to resolve the name without the suffix but if that action is unsuccessful, Regedt32 tries again with the correct name. For example, if you try to connect to a computer called Test98, the following names are attempted:

  • Regedit or Poledit only attempt Test98.
  • Regedt32 attempts Test98 and then Test98 <00>.

Additional query words: win98 remote registry regedt32

Keywords: kbenv kbprb KB249872