The Registry Wizard allows you to create multiple Registry preference items based upon registry settings that you select on a computer. The Registry preference items have the same registry keys and values as those that you select, although you can modify them after creation. The wizard organizes the Registry items in a collection (folder) structure that mimics the structure of the registry. Each Registry item generated by the wizard allows you to configure a key or a value in the Windows registry.

To create multiple Registry preference items
  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console. Right-click the Group Policy object (GPO) that should contain the new preference item, and then click Edit.

  2. In the console tree under Computer Configuration or User Configuration, expand the Preferences folder, and then expand the Windows Settings folder.

  3. Right-click the Registry node, point to New, and select Registry Wizard.

  4. Select the computer on which the desired registry settings exist (or on which similar settings you will modify exist), then click Next.

  5. Browse to and select the check box for each key or value from which you want to create a Registry preference item. Select the check box for a key only if you want to create a Registry item for the key rather than for a value within the key.

  6. Click Finish. The settings that you selected appear as preference items in the Registry Wizard Values collection.

  7. Right-click the Registry Wizard Values collection in the console tree, click Rename, and type a descriptive name for the collection.

Additional considerations

  • You can modify the settings in the individual Registry preference items created by the Registry Wizard. For more information, see Configure a Registry Item.

  • You can reorganize Registry preference items and collections by dragging them into collections that you create. The structure of collections of Registry preference items has no impact on the position of keys and values in the Windows registry. For more information, see Organize Registry Items.

  • You can use item-level targeting to change the scope of preference items.

  • Preference items are available only in domain-based GPOs.

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