Tech Tip: Remotely edit the registry

Are you looking for a quick way to deal with a driver that's hanging your system? If Windows NT is running but the user interface isn't functioning, chances are that NT's 32-bit network services are still functioning. If this is the case, you can edit the registry from another computer.

Here's how:

  1. Log on to another computer within the domain as the administrator.
  2. Open the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  3. Select Connect Network Registry, and specify the name of the malfunctioning computer in the dialog box.
  4. Click OK. If the network services are functional, you should be able to edit the malfunctioning computer's registry.
  5. Close the Registry Editor, and restart the malfunctioning computer.

Note: Editing the registry is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.

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