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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--7/13/2000

By ebott ·
Over the past few months, I've been soliciting your help replacing pieces of Windows that, for one reason or another, aren't up to the demands of power users. This week, the target is the Windows Registry Editor. For some reason, Microsoft ships twoof them with Windows 2000, Regedit and Regedt32. Either one gets the job done, but both run out of gas quickly--for example, you can't do search-and-replace operations, nor can you undo changes. Surely there's a better way. If you've got a favorite Regedit replacement, tell me (and your fellow TechRepublic members) about it. Be sure to include the key features that make your alternative better than the default, and don't forget to provide a Web link for more information.

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by wim In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Let me give you an answer different from what you expect.

Regidtry programs are nice in more or less standalone configurations, but when you're a sysadmin you're mostly interested in the settings of a lot of machines instead of just one.

So myfavorite tool would be:
SCRIPTING!

Depending on the job you can use a variety of tools. My two favorites here are:

Perl (http://www.activestate.com and others)
for all jobs wich amount to centrally gather bits of information, including registry from machines in you're network and optionally do specific tasks depending on the information gathered.

Kixtart (http://www.kixtart.org) useful for all things logonscript related. I've seen whole software distribution mechanisms based on just kixtart and some clever scripting.

To a lesser extent I use VBScript to accomplish these things but scripts there tend to become so large that I prefer perl.

Wim
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http://www.win2kwereld.nl

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by calves In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Registar Lite is a freeware with enough tools for registry maintanance. The comapny has more advanced tools for a price (never used) @ http://www.resplendence.com/.

Advance Registry a shareware with a very reasonable price, is the one I use, and so far no complaints. You can find it @ http://www.elcomsoft.com/art.html

MultiReg @ is a powerful tool, tried it on, but the price...
http://www.hallogram.com/multireg/index.html

I hope it helps you!

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by -Q-240248 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

hmmm...Tools to make it easier to screw up a registry? Sounds dangerous when in the wrong or semi-qualified hands. Very dangerous...Bad idea.

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by bag In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

The name of the utility is Registry tool that you can find at : http://www.registrytool.com/

The Difference between This and any other is that this one is not invasif. It import the registry from the machine you are trying to modify then the modifications are made to the copy instead of the original. You can also undo and search and replace. Then you can reimport part or complete registry to the machine.

HTH

Bruno

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by borco In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

In my opinion there is no reason for searching of an alternative to standard Microsoft? registry editors. It’s “simple”, like surgery, if you don’t know what you do, it doesn’t matter if you use an usual scalpel or automatized laser one. If you make the cut there is no way back. Sure you can try to bastel the cuted piece back, but will be the functionality, for example, of leg the same? Another thing is if you need to cutoff an appendix. Windows get you all you need, the registry editors (the scalpel). But imagine, you want to cutoff appendix of few people at the moment. Forget it, sure there are some “duplicators” of your cuts like MultiReg.
And other thing is “two version” of registry editor one for “stupid” regedit “the same” as in nintendos (win 9x) and NT version regedt32 in which you can set permission for access the keys.
I apologies for mine English and hope that you understand what want to say…

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