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Using export and import processes to distribute Registry changes

The export and import processes provide a convenient way to distribute Registry changes to users. You could, for example, export a subkey with an important configuration change and then mail the associated .reg file to users so they could import it simply by double-clicking it. Alternately, you could copy the .reg file to a network share where users could access and load it. Either way, you have a quick and easy way to distribute Registry changes. Officially, however, distributing Registry changes in this manner is frowned upon because of the potential security problems associated with doing so. The preferred technique is to distribute Registry changes through Group Policy as discussed in Part 7.

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