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Re^2: access 64bit registry from 32 bit Perl

by anaconda_wly (Scribe)
on Dec 05, 2012 at 15:58 UTC ( #1007310=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: access 64bit registry from 32 bit Perl
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Thanks for your code.

It took me some time to understand. But sorry maybe I didn't catch the point, for I didn't see how you resolve the problem of 32bit program accessing a 64bit program's registry in 64bit OS

In fact, any trying of accessing to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Uninstall\\" will be redirected to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Wow6432Node\\" automatically. That means I can never get content of "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Uninstall\\" branch, which is what I want using a 32bit Perl program and different from "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Wow6432Node\\"

The Perl code I wrote is like what you have written somewhat, but didn't work as I wished. I spent a lot of time to check why I didn't get the correct content as seeing from regedit. Later I understand by searching websites that the WoW64 is doing the redirecting...

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Re^3: access 64bit registry from 32 bit Perl
by Anonymous Monk on May 11, 2013 at 17:26 UTC
    I had a similar problem and solved it like:
    use Win32API::Registry qw(:ALL); ... if( RegOpenKeyEx( HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, "SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Cryptograp +hy", 0, KEY_READ|0x0100, $key ) ) { RegQueryValueEx($key, "MachineGuid", [], $type, $nodeId, []); RegCloseKey( $key ); }
    The point is 'KEY_READ|0x0100'. From
    #define KEY_WOW64_64KEY 0x0100 Access a 64-bit key from either a 32-bit or 64-bit application.

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