|I need the same answer as I need to grab some select registry entries to move my Outlook 2003 email account settings from an unbootable XP installation to a reinstalled XP on the same partition (C:\). In my case, I need to grab HKCU keys from c:\Windows and move them to c:\XP.|
Is the only solution a Linux solution? Isn't there a way to edit another XP installation registry and copy the few keys that I need without having to install Linux? Regedit only allows you to load a hive for *predefined*, keys. Unfortunately, I need to access the HKCU (current users) hive to grab the Outlook 2003 email account settings. I'd rather not have to install Linux to fix XP. That just sounds ridiculous to me. Surely there must be a native MS solution--a tool, utility, etc.
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Now, I'd just like to take a second and comment on the other responses because I've read many responses to questions like this which, frankly, aren't that helpful. Responders assume too much or feel compelled to share their insight into other issues which may or may not be relevant to the question at hand.
The best way to help folks is to give direct answers to the question asked, and not assume the person is asking the wrong question.
Please trust that people are asking the *right* question and limit your responses to answering that question. If you don't understand why someone asked the question, why someone wants to do something, or just think they are a total idot for asking, then at least ask some clarifying questions before offering your sage advice.
I have a very valid reason do copy registry keys between XP installations. There are even valid reasons to copy the entire registry between installations, as in the case of software testing so that I have two "identical" XP's on the same machine. As you know, there is no sure way to reinstall and reconfigure every application, utility, driver and widget the same way twice (not to mention that it's way too time consuming). Being able to create a dual boot machine with two Identical XP installations for testing is not a crazy request. Resetting the registry state after doing something in XP is quite useful for some things.
So, everyone please keep an open mind when responding. Try to answer the question asked as directly and correctly as possible, first. Then add any commentary you wish afterward. This is the best way to help.