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Solved: How to write a batch file to amend a registry key??

Discussion in 'Software Development' started by lpool1, Apr 15, 2010.

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  1. lpool1

    lpool1 Thread Starter

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    Hi All,

    Can any1 help me on writing a batch file for Windows XP which will amend the following registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components\DeskHtmlVersion

    I have never written a batch file before, however I have had a try and it doesn't work. The details of my file are below:

    REM -----Fix Active Desktop-----
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    regedit.exe /s "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Keith.reg"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components]
    "DeskHtmlVersion"=dword:00000000
    "DeskHtmlMinorVersion"=dword:00000005
    "Settings"=dword:00000001
    "GeneralFlags"=dword:00000001


    I need to change the value data in the key from Decimal 272 to 0.

    Thanks,
    lpool1
     
  2. andythepandy

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    Hi,
    The Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 part is only needed if you are making a .reg file.
    Try this instead:
    Code:
    
    REM -----Fix Active Desktop-----
    
    reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components /v DeskHtmlVersion /t REG_DWORD /d "WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CHANGE IT TO"
    
    
    That will ask for confirmation to overwrite existing values, to skip that add /f to the end of reg add line.

    Andy
     
  3. lpool1

    lpool1 Thread Starter

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    Hi Andy,

    I tried this and it said there are too many command line parameters :(. Any other suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Lpool1
     
  4. andythepandy

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    Sorry, I completely forgot: The path to the registry key has to be in quotes if it has spaces :)

    Andy
     
  5. lpool1

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    Thanks Andy,

    This time it said the operation was completed successfully, however when I go into regedit and check the value, it still says 272. I think maybe the best thing is to test this on a PC which has the active desktop message.
     
  6. andythepandy

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    Don't know if this will be the problem, but the code I wrote in my last post changed the value of DeskHtmlVersion in:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components\

    where you said you wanted to change it in:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components\

    Change the path file in the bat file to that and it may do the trick
    Just a thought :)
     
  7. lpool1

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    No the first one was actually correct. It just doesn't change the value :(.
     
  8. andythepandy

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    Have you refreshed the regedit window with F5?
     
  9. lpool1

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    yep, tried that. still the same. It is definately doing something cos it says operation successful. I just dont know what exactly.
     
  10. andythepandy

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    What happens if you go into command prompt(Start>Run>cmd.exe) and type:
    Code:
    reg query "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components"
    
    What is the value for DeskHtmlVersion?
     
  11. lpool1

    lpool1 Thread Starter

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    The following appeared:

    ! REG.EXE VERSION 3.0
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components
    DeskHtmlVersion REG_DWORD 0x110
    DeskHtmlMinorVersion REG_DWORD 0x5
    Settings REG_DWORD 0x1
    GeneralFlags REG_DWORD 0x1
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components\0
     
  12. andythepandy

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    Then I really don't have a clue what's happening and can't think of anything else to try!
    Sorry!
     
  13. TheOutcaste

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    If you misplaced the end quote, or left it off, it won't change the value, but will instead add a new key
    This will not work:
    Code:
    Reg Add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components /V DeskHtmlVersion /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F[COLOR=Red][B]"[/B][/COLOR]
    If you use that, it will add a new key named Components /V DeskHtmlVersion /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F

    It has to be like this:
    Code:
    Reg Add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components[COLOR=Red][B]"[/B][/COLOR] /V DeskHtmlVersion /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F
    Let's see if that's what happened.
    Copy the text in the following code block into Notepad.
    Save it on the desktop as Query.cmd. Be sure to change the Save as Type: box to All Files when saving.
    Code:
    [plain]Set _file=%userprofile%\Desktop\Query.txt
     >"%_file%" Echo.[CODE]
    >>"%_file%" 2>&1 Reg Query "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop" /S
    >>"%_file%" Echo.
    Start Notepad "%_file%"
    Exit[/plain][/code]Double click the file to run it. It will create a file named Query.txt on the Desktop and open it in Notepad. Copy and paste the text into your next reply.
     
  14. lpool1

    lpool1 Thread Starter

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    I got the following:

    Code:
    ! REG.EXE VERSION 3.0
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components
        DeskHtmlVersion REG_DWORD 0x110
        DeskHtmlMinorVersion REG_DWORD 0x5
        Settings REG_DWORD 0x1
        GeneralFlags REG_DWORD 0x1
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components\0
        Source REG_SZ About:Home
        SubscribedURL REG_SZ About:Home
        FriendlyName REG_SZ My Current Home Page
        Flags REG_DWORD 0x2
        Position REG_BINARY 2C0000002C01000000000000D4030000A2030000000000000100000001000000010000000000000000000000
        CurrentState REG_DWORD 0x40000004
        OriginalStateInfo REG_BINARY 18000000FFFF0000FFFF0000FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF04000000
        RestoredStateInfo REG_BINARY 18000000D00300001F000000200100001601000001000000
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components /v DeskHtmlVersion /t REG_DWORD /d 0
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components /v DeskHtmlVersion /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000000
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
        BackupWallpaper REG_EXPAND_SZ 
        ComponentsPositioned REG_DWORD 0x1
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Old WorkAreas
        NoOfOldWorkAreas REG_DWORD 0x1
        OldWorkAreaRects REG_BINARY 000000000000000000050000A2030000
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\General
        Wallpaper REG_EXPAND_SZ %SystemRoot%\Web\SafeMode.htt
        VisitGallery REG_DWORD 0x0
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Scheme
        Edit REG_SZ 
        Display REG_SZ 
    
     
  15. andythepandy

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    That's whats happened isn't it! What the OutCaste said
    Code:
    reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components" /v DeskHtmlVersion /t REG_DWORD /d "0"
    
    You want the closing quote mark where it is above, not at the very end of the line
     
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