How to Use REGEDIT From the Command Line

by Steven Hill

You can access the registry editor through the Windows Command Prompt interface if you are otherwise unable to launch it. Command Prompt provides you with the ability to enter DOS and other Windows commands. Performing commands in this way provides a shortcut around using the Windows interface, should you desire. This function is beneficial if you are experiencing any problems with the regular interface.

Click "Start," "All Programs" and "Accessories."

Click "Command Prompt." This program is located under "Accessories" for most versions of Windows.

Type "regedit.exe" into the command line, and press "Enter" to launch the registry window. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, a prompt appears asking if you want let the program make changes to the computer. Click "Yes." The Registry Editor window appears.

Type "regedit.exe /s [file name]" to import files into the registry. For example, to import "example.reg" into your registry, type "regedit.exe /s example.exe." Type "regedit.exe /e [file name]" to export registry entries to a file. For example, to export your hardware entries to your "example.reg" file, type "regedit.exe /e example.reg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE." Use a backslash before "HARDWARE." Backslashes are used to identify the registry folder you are trying to modify, rather than the forward slash. Use a forward slash everywhere else.


  • check Type "help" into the command line and press "Enter" to see a list of other functions.


  • close Be careful when editing your registry. Deleting or adding entries can render your system unresponsive.

About the Author

Steven Hill began writing professionally in 2006. He has written many academic essays and is also an author of fiction, with short stories published in various e-magazines, including Sonar4 and Sinister Tales. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wilfrid Laurier University.