In addition to editing
the Registry with the Registry Editor (see earlier in this
chapter), you can make changes by using Registry patches. A Registry
patch is simply a text file with the
extension that contains one or more Registry keys or values. If you
double-click on a
.reg file, the patch is
applied to the Registry, meaning that the contents of the patch are
merged with the contents of the Registry. This
tool is especially handy for backing up small portions of the
Registry or copying Registry data to someone else’s computer.
Open the Registry Editor, and select a branch you wish to use. The branch can be anywhere from one of the top level branches to a branch a dozen layers deep. Registry patches include not only the branch you select, but all of the values and subkeys in the branch. Don’t select anything more than what you absolutely need.
Select Export Registry File from the
Registry menu, type a filename, and
press OK. All of the values and
subkeys in the selected branch will then be duplicated in the patch.
Make sure the filename of the new Registry patch has the
Creating a Registry patch is the easy part; the hard part is determining the Registry keys from which you should make patches. See Section 3.6 later in this chapter for details.
patches are just plain text files, you can edit them with any
plain-text editor, such as Notepad
notepad.exe). The contents of the ...