convert older binary *.reg to Vista *.reg?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Jrz, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. Jrz

    Jrz Guest

    I'm trying to install a pre-Vista version of an app on this new Vista
    machine. I keep getting re-asked for the serial. Here is why:

    Upon first entering the serial, the app starts correctly and also writes
    a binary *.reg file. All is well until I close the app. On restarting
    the app, it wants the serial again. What it *should* have done is use
    the *.reg to create registry entries, and then I wouldn't have to keep
    re-registering. But Vista doesn't like that *.reg file. (I know, because
    when I use regedit to try to import the *.reg, regedit will instead
    tell me that it's not a valid *.reg file.) The wrinkle is that the app
    accepts the registration as valid, deletes the *.reg file, but then
    fails to make the corresponding registry entries.

    So, does anybody know of a way to convert an older style binary reg file
    to one (either script or binary) that Vista will understand? Thanks.

    All works well on XP, no problem there.
    Jrz, Dec 13, 2007
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    Steve Easton Guest

    Binary is binary
    Did you try using run As Administrator when running the install?
    If the installer needs to write to HKLM in the registry, it "Must" be run as administrator.
    Steve Easton, Dec 13, 2007
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    Jrz Guest

    I would have thought so, but as I described, regedit rejects the file.

    so it seems the format might be different. There's a "RegTool"
    program which might tell more. I suppose I'll have to try it out, if
    nobody has a surefire method. I kind of shrink, though, from downloading
    and installing program after program. You never know what might get
    fouled up.
    yes, I did, on multiple attempts. Other keys are written such as for
    config. Are perms for HKLM different than for other branches?

    But, as I had already described, the writing to the registry takes place
    when the app is run - not during installation. And yes, I have run it as
    admin, too.

    Jrz, Dec 13, 2007
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    Paul Randall Guest

    Yes, writing to HKLM is different. While signed on as administrator,
    right click the application and choose something like 'run elevated'
    or 'run as administrator', and it should write to the real HKLM
    instead of the short lived pseudo branch of the registry it uses if
    the correct permissions are not used. After the first run, you should
    be able to run without special permissions unless the application
    violates some more UAC rules.

    -Paul Randall
    Paul Randall, Dec 14, 2007
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    bomb#20 Guest

    Some programs store customer registration details like user name, serial number etc. as a registration file
    and give it a .REG extension. The fact that it has a .reg extension makes the OS assign the regedit icon.
    Although it looks like a file that regedit will open, it is just a data file and not a Windows registry-type file.
    Maybe this is what you have got ?
    bomb#20, Dec 14, 2007
  6. Jrz

    Jrz Guest

    now there is an idea...

    but, on reflection, if the file exists with valid registration data,
    then I don't think I'd be re-asked for registration info upon the next
    app startup.

    Thanks for the suggestion, it might be correct in the end anyway. I
    don't know.
    Jrz, Dec 14, 2007
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    bomb#20 Guest

    Try opening the file with Notepad, then you will see if it is a proper registry-type file.
    bomb#20, Dec 14, 2007
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