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Diff between regedit.exe regedt32.exe

By vrajan18 ·
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What is difference between two registry editing commands in windows2k. regedit32.exe regedt.exe

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by Skidoggeruk In reply to Diff between regedit.exe ...

Here's what MS has to say ...;en-us;141377

Differences Between Regedit.exe and Regedt32.exe
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This article was previously published under Q141377
Windows NT-based operating systems include two utilities for editing the registry, Regedit.exeand Regedt32.exe. This article describes the differences between the twoutilities for each Windows NT-based operating system.
Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000
Regedit.exe is included with Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 primarily for its search capability. You can use Regedit.exe to make changes in the Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 registry, but you cannot use it to view or edit all functions or data types on Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000.

The following limitations exist in the Regedit.exe version that is included with Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000:
You cannot set the security for registry keys.
You cannot view, edit, or search the value data types REG_EXPAND_SZ and REG_MULTI_SZ. If you try to view a REG_EXPAND_SZ value, Regedit.exe displays it as a binary data type. If you try to edit either of these data types, Regedit.exe saves it as REG_SZ, and the data type no longer performs its intended function.
You cannot save or restore keys as hive files.
Microsoft recommends that you use Regedit.exe only for its search capabilities on a Windows NT 4.0-based or Windows 2000-based computer.
Regedt32.exe is the configuration editor for Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000. Regedt32.exe is used tomodify the Windows NT configuration database, or the Windows NTregistry. This editor allows you to view or modify the Windows NT registry.The editor provides views of windows that represent sections of theregistry, named hives. Each window displays two sections. On the leftside, there are folders that represent registry keys. On the right side,there are the values associated with the selected registry key.

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by Skidoggeruk In reply to

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Regedt32 isa powerful tool, and you must use it with extreme caution when you changeregistry values. Missing or incorrect values in the registry can make theWindows installation unusable.

Note Unlike Regedit.exe, Regedt32.exe does not support importing and exporting registration entries (.reg) files.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Diff between regedit.exe ...

to me the big practical difference is with regedit you can't see or modify the registry permissions and with regedt32 you can given admin rights

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