Q. I used Group Policy to disable the Windows XP registry-editing tools, but now the silent-mode switch no longer works on my XP system. Does a fix exist for this problem?

A. On Windows 2000 and Windows NT Server 4.0 systems, when registry-editing tools are disabled users can still use the registry editor with the /s (silent-mode) switch to run .reg files. In XP, the /s switch no longer works when registry-editing tools are disabled. For information about a supported feature that lets you use the /s switch on an XP system even when registry-editing tools are disabled, see the Microsoft article "'Prevent Access to Registry Editing Tools' policy changes in Windows XP," at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=831787

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