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PowerShell working with registry keys




Basic PowerShell commands to work with Windows Registry.

Don't mess up with the registry, if you're not sure of what you are doing.

Messing up with the registry for fun is just good in a virtual environment with no important data at all.
 
To list software registry keys on path HKCU type this command below:

Get-ChildItem -Path hkcu:\software  | Select Name


It will list all the software registry keys, it's good to list all the software registry keys and check for any illicit software installed by malwares or viruses.

If there's a lot of software installed on the PC it will be a long list.

But PowerShell comes handy when it comes to filtering.

Code below will filter for any Keys in HKCU path that has "Ad" values on it.

Use the parameter "-like" and not "-eq", -eq or equal will match 100% and will not return any value if no match at all.

Get-ChildItem -Path hkcu:\software  | Where-Object {$_.Name -like '*Ad*'}

Sample output:

    Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software


Name                           Property                                                                                                          
----                           --------                                                                                                          
Adobe                             

Below is another code filtering example that will look for any keys with "Win" string.

Sample output:

Get-ChildItem -Path hkcu:\software  | Where-Object {$_.Name -like '*Win*'}

    Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software

Name                           Property                                                                                                           
----                           --------                                                                                                          
Cygwin
GnuWin32
Windows Live Writer
Winpolicies
WinRAR
WinRAR SFX                     C%%Program Files%WinRAR : C:\Program Files\WinRAR

Those are just basics way of handling registry keys, using PowerShell.

If want to learn some more using PowerShell on messing up with the registry check out cmdlets: Start-Transaction, Use-Transaction, Complete-Transaction

To check out some more tips on how to play around or edit the registry using PowerShell refer to Technet links below.

Check out links below for Technet references:


Hope it helps you to get started on how to edit the Windows registry using PowerShell.


Cheers!!!

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