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    Quick Q: regedit vs regedt32 (Sp1)

    Other than regedt32 appearing to be a 32 bit version of regedit., what's the bottom line difference? Don't they both do exactly the same thing? TIA, J

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    Re: Quick Q: regedit vs regedt32 (Sp1)

    In Windows XP, regedt32 is simply a "stub" loader for REGEDIT. In the past, regedt32 supported the security model on NT-based operating systems and regedit did not. They also looked a bit different, regedt32 was in the style of Windows 3.x/Windows NT 3.x and regedit had a more "modern" appearance. Nowadays, the two applications are one and the same thing.
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    Re: Quick Q: regedit vs regedt32 (Sp1)

    Where did you see that there are two versions? As far as I know there's only one - REGEDIT.EXE.

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    Re: Quick Q: regedit vs regedt32 (Sp1)

    As noted, in WIN XP, there is only one Registry editor available; Regedit has incorporated the security-related features formerly available only in Regedt32. You would have the two different editors only in WIN 2000. For explanation, see MSKB 310426:

    HOW TO: Use the Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Registry Editor Features

    Brief quote:

    "In Windows XP and later, Regedit.exe is the only Registry Editor tool that is included in the operating system. Regedt32.exe is no longer a part of Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. A primary use of Regedt32.exe that was missing from earlier versions of Regedit.exe , was to set permissions and other security settings for registry keys and subkeys. That feature is now available in the version of Regedit.exe that is included in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

    "Note: If you try to start the Regedt32.exe tool in the Run dialog box of Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, Regedit.exe starts, and Windows does not generate an error message."

    See article for more info.

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    Re: Quick Q: regedit vs regedt32 (Sp1)

    THANKS GUYS! J

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