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How to update the registry in an Altiris image

Posted on September 24th, 2008

How do you update the registry in an Altiris image?

The old way:

  • Restore the image
  • Make the changes
  • Take a new image

The NEW way:

  • Open the image in Altiris Image Explorer
  • Navigate to %windir%\system32\config
    • Shows the individual files from the registry:
    • Software is HKLM\software
    • System is HKLM\system
  • Right click the desired file and chose export
  • Save to local hard drive
  • Open regedit
  • File | Load Hive
  • Select the recently downloaded system or software file
  • Give it an easily identifiable name (i.e. XXXXXXX or IMAGE SOFTWARE KEY)
  • Make changes
  • Highlight HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE again
  • File | unload hive
  • In Altiris Image Explorer, right click on the file
  • Select to replace file
  • Browse to the recently changed file and select OK
  • The file attributes will change in Image Explorer to show -u (this means updated)
  • Close image

Now, when the image is restored, it will include these changes.

What was once a half day process can now be achieved in 10 mins!

Useful Link

Altiris Knowledgebase Article

Juice Article

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One Response to “How to update the registry in an Altiris image”

  1. Trevor N Says:
    July 27th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Many thanks for the info.

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