Regscanner advanced Registry search

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 30, 2008
Updated • Feb 11, 2013
Software, Windows

It's kinda funny. I was prepared to write about Regscanner all day long when I discovered that Kevin over at Lifehacker did post about the Nirsoft utility as well. If you have ever used the Windows Registry Editor before you might have asked yourself why Microsoft did not implement a better search in the tool, they surely should have had enough time to do so in the past years. If you perform a search in Regedit you jump from one entry to the next like the search in text applications. A far better solution for Regedit however would be to display all search results at once which would give the user more control.

Regscanner is the usual high quality Nirsoft application. You can run it from any location without installation it and it works right out of the box. The Regscanner search form might look a bit intimidating but it is actually providing some much needed features to get the most out of the Registry. It offers all the search functionality of Regedit plus the following advanced options:

  • Case Sensitive Search
  • Searching for Unicode String in Binary Value
  • Exact Matches plus five additional criterias for matching strings.
  • Display keys that have been modified in a time range. Great for listening keys that have been changed recently or in a specified time frame.
  • Display data of a certain size (in bytes)
  • Display only values of a certain type (like DWORD). This can be pretty useful if you are looking for a specific data type.
  • Scan one, several or all Registry base keys

A double-click on an entry opens the selected key in Regedit. Results can be exported as .reg files which can be imported into Regedit.

Update: Nir Sofer has updated the application whenever new versions of Windows were released. This means it is fully compatible with all recent versions of the Microsoft operating system. Please note that you need to run it with elevated rights on Vista or newer versions of Windows.


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  1. dE_logics said on March 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

    “why Microsoft did not implement a better search in the too”

    Because it was the command of Bill Gates (your lord).

  2. Tobey said on March 31, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Looks promising. Thanks for the tip.

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