Loading a registry hive from command line

Loading a registry hive can come to handy when you need to explore and export another user’s HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) registry key.

You can do this easily with the Registry Editor but I would like to script this so that I could export user’s registry for migration purpose.

To load the registry hive:

reg load HKU\hivename c:\Users\username\ntuser.dat

Now to export a registry:

reg export HKU\hivename\Software\Intel c:\temp\Intel.reg

To unload the registry hive:

reg unload HKU\hivename

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