• regedit key search

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    #2527856

    In regedit, I’m trying to find keys for “SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\edgeupdate”.  I *know* there are keys that’d match that [because I have the .reg file that put one there], but when I give regedit that search string it tells me that there’s no hits.  Is there some proper/different syntax that can find keys like that?

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    • #2527952

      Why don’t you manually drill down (4 clicks) to :

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\EdgeUpdate

      • #2527968

        Of course.  I’d gotten so burned trying to search for “edgeupdate” my [incorrect] thought was to do a more specific search.   In fact, it was four clicks and a right-click>delete and I was able to make the key go away.  thanks!

    • #2527962

      “SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\edgeupdate” is an invalid regedit search because registry keys do not include the \ character! To find something that’s a subkey inside other keys, you have to search for that specific key.

      In your case searching for “edgeupdate” as a key will find what you’re looking for.

    • #2527964

      I tried that and after I waded through about a hundred “hits” I tried searching for the whole key

    • #2528153

      I tried that and after I waded through about a hundred “hits” I tried searching for the whole key

      Umm… but it’s not a whole key, it’s a partial regpath without the parent ‘hive designate’. You can’t search for a partial regpath in the built-in registry editor.

      If you need to search within the Windows registry then try using NirSoft’s small, free, portable RegScanner.

      IMO it’s *so* much easier (and much, much quicker) than torturing yourself with RegEdit.

      Alternatively, try O&O RegEditor… its search is better than RegEdit.

      (To be honest, most alternatives are better than RegEdit. IMO it’s a very poor front-end to a distributed database.)

      Hope this helps…

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