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Chapter 8. The Registry > Exporting and Importing Registry Data with Patches

8.6. Exporting and Importing Registry Data with Patches

Hives have an arcane format, making direct editing all but futile. Fortunately, the Registry Editor conveniently supports the importing and exporting of any number of keys and values with Registry patches. Patches (.reg files) are ordinary ASCII text files that can contain anything from a single key to a dump of the entire Registry.

Registry patches can be created with Registry Editor or a standard text editor, such as Notepad. You can also use Notepad to view and modify patches, and then use Registry Editor to reimport the patch.


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