Delete registry entries from the commandline

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Need a commandline utility to delete registry entries?
  • RegDel: sorry, regdel freeware utility site seems to be defunct. this leaves only Microsoft's utilities. If you have used another utility for this purpose, let me know. Wayne
  • Resource Kit utility reg

    Available starting with Supplement 2, the syntax to delete a registry value:

    reg delete HKLM\Software\Somevalue

    reg can operate on remote PCs if you have access authority using syntax

    reg delete HKLM\Software\Somevalue \\waynespc

    Download the updated version of this utility from Microsoft

    Always check Microsoft for update resource kit executables. This is not an alternative to owning the actual resource kit, but a method of keeping the executables uptodate.

  • Create a .reg file using the (minus)- syntax of regedit:
    REGEDIT4
    BLANK LINE GOES HERE
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\somekey]

    BLANK LINE GOES HERE

    See .REG files for background information on .REG files.

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