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I did a search for this and then realized...there's not much here. Nice new look though.

I'm trying to do a search and replace on some registry files that I've exported.

When I try to open the files with FileReadLine() it give me junk.

Actually is give me this:ÿþW

If I open the .reg file in notepad and then paste it into a new reg file it works fine. It looks like it's a problem with the file I exported with regedit.

Also, when I open it with NotepadEx it says the format is "DOS / Unicode (UTF16-LE)

If I just type it out from dos...it looks ok.

Any ideas?



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  • 7 months later...

the dos command type is able to read unicode files. just do type unicode.txt > normal.txt and you've got a plain text file.

or just save the regfile from regedit in a different format (regedit offers a few in the save as dialog)

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You make a seach under particular keys or whole registry ?

I wrote a script ( inspire from http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=1157& from scriptkitty ), wich look under uninstall reg keys ( "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall" ), export it to a file, then scan the file to search a word, read the key, then delete the key within the registry.

Just because each update of my application create a new key.

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You can convert the unicode to normal text by running it through the "type" console command.... The general syntax is: RunWait("cmd /c type oldFile.reg > newFile.reg")

$original = "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\RegistryFile.reg"
$new = "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\new.reg"
RunWait('cmd /c type "' & $original & '" > "' & $new & '"')

$file = FileOpen($new, 0)

; Check if file opened for reading OK
If $file = -1 Then
    MsgBox(0, "Error", "Unable to open file.")

; Read in lines of text until the EOF is reached
While 1
    $line = FileReadLine($file)
    If @error = -1 Then ExitLoop
    MsgBox(0, "Line read:", $line)

Edited by CyberSlug
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I had this issue a while back and Jpm helped me figure it out. It seems exporting it in 9x format makes it readable.

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