Unable to merge a .reg file from a network share on Windows 7 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi all. I'm running Windows 7 build 7600 with UAC enabled. I've successfully mapped a drive to an administrative share on an XP Pro box. When I try to Merge that .reg file from the shared folder, all goes well - UAC prompts me and I accept, then regedit prompts me and I accept - but then I get an error:

    "Cannot import xxx.reg: Error opening the file. There may be a disk or file system error."

    However, if I copy the .reg file locally (to my Documents folder), the Merge completes successfully.

    Anybody have any ideas how I can fix this?

    Thursday, July 23, 2009 10:51 PM


All replies

  • Hi,

    This behavior is by design. For more informaiton and fix, please refer to the following KB:

    After you turn on User Account Control in Windows Vista, programs may be unable to access some network locations

    Hope it helps.
    • Marked as answer by TanMan1217 Wednesday, July 29, 2009 10:11 PM
    Friday, July 24, 2009 3:33 AM
  • Thanks very much for the link since it contains the reg hack I need to disble this "behavior".


    I understand the intent, but this implementation is idiotic!

    Here's the scenario: I've mapped a network location under my profile, and had to authenticate to that location. This makes sense so far - authentication should be required. BUT. Even though I mapped that drive, I then get warnings when running things from the mapped location. I can turn off this warning by changing the Local Intranet Sites to NOT automatically detect intranet sites and turn on all 3 includes. At least I can turn this off.

    Now I get this. Even though UAC prompts me, and I accept, the merge still fails! I get around it by copying the file locally, without any warnings at all, including UAC. So how did this behavior in fact protect me at all???

    Sometimes Microsoft's ideas of security astound and befuddle me.


    Thanks again, Mr. Zhang!
    Wednesday, July 29, 2009 10:10 PM
  • Thank you for your feedback. I will forward it to our feedback team. Your feedback may help us improve product experience.

    Thanks again.
    Thursday, July 30, 2009 9:50 AM