Cannot import edited Registry hive

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  1. Posts : 420
    Win10 32bit v20H2
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    Cannot import edited Registry hive


    I managed to 'load hive' of a slave drive, export it, change .reg to .txt, achieve some of the required editing, changed .txt back to .reg and tried but failed to import it back. How can I replace the original slave registry with the edited one ? x32Win10ProV22H2
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  2. Posts : 4,701
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       #2

    post a clip of the first few lines your .reg file
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  3. Posts : 420
    Win10 32bit v20H2
    Thread Starter
       #3

    here they are
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Cannot import edited Registry hive-1stlines.jpg  
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    presumably your hive is loaded under the name systemkey.

    any messages when you try to import the reg file ?
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  5. Posts : 1,728
    Windows 10 Pro x64 22H2
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    You need to be logged in as Administrator to be able to merge.
    Perhaps you're using standard account in which case it's won't work.
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  6. Posts : 420
    Win10 32bit v20H2
    Thread Starter
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    I'm confused about names; I have twice had to allocate a name and I created two different ones.

    But now there is another issue - even if I were able to import the reg file it would be imported to the system drive, but I need it on the slave drive. Unloading the hive would not put it on the slave drive - it would just disappear.

    I've made SOME progress, but am lost. Can I get more detailed step by step information - I do take on board the requirement for AS ADMINISTRATOR, though I do not know how I would achieve that.
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  7. Posts : 4,701
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    when you load the hive give it the name systemkey

    then you should be able to import your reg file
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  8. Posts : 420
    Win10 32bit v20H2
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    By sheer co-incidence, I did use the name systemkey.
    But that imports it into the registry of the system drive - how do I then get it into the slave drive ?
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  9. Posts : 4,914
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2
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    By Slave Drive You mean a secondary Data Drive The Windows Registries Location is only in the Windows Folder on the C: Systen drive, you cannot change the location of the Registry
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  10. Posts : 4,701
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    It imports into hklm\systemkey

    therefore if you load a hive from windows\system32\config of your "slave drive " ( whatever that means ), and name it systemkey you will be able to merge that reg file into it.
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