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Chapter 32. The Registry > Tips from the Windows Pros: Deploying Registry Setti...

Tips from the Windows Pros: Deploying Registry Settings with REG Files

If you find yourself having to make the same registry settings on a whole department's or company's worth of computers, or if you frequently reinstall Windows and have to reapply the same settings every time you reload, you should know this neat way of setting a bunch of registry entries with just a mouse-click or two.

We discussed REG files earlier in this chapter as a way of backing up and restoring the registry. You can also use REG files to automatically deploy (that is, distribute and install) a set of identical registry settings to several computers. For example, I've used this technique to quickly copy a complicated set of file associations in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT registry section to all of the computers in a client's office.


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