Sets the registry view used by RegRead, RegWrite, RegDelete and registry loops.
Specify 32 to view the registry as a 32-bit application would, or 64 to view the registry as a 64-bit application would.
Specify the word Default to restore normal behaviour.
This command is only useful on Windows 64-bit. It has no effect on Windows 32-bit.
On 64-bit systems, 32-bit applications run on a subsystem of Windows called WOW64. By default, the system redirects certain registry keys to prevent conflicts. For example, in a 32-bit script,
HKLM\SOFTWARE\AutoHotkey is redirected to
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\AutoHotkey. SetRegView allows the registry commands in a 32-bit script to access redirected keys in the 64-bit registry view and vice versa.
The built-in variable A_RegView contains the current setting. Every newly launched thread (such as a hotkey, custom menu item, or timed subroutine) starts off fresh with the default setting for this command. That default may be changed by using this command in the auto-execute section (top part of the script).
RegRead, RegWrite, RegDelete, Loop (registry)
Example 1 shows how to set a specific registry view, and how registry redirection affects the script.
; Access the registry as a 32-bit application would. SetRegView 32 RegWrite REG_SZ, HKLM, SOFTWARE\Test.ahk, Value, 123 ; Access the registry as a 64-bit application would. SetRegView 64 RegRead value, HKLM, SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Test.ahk, Value RegDelete HKLM, SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Test.ahk MsgBox Read value '%value%' via Wow6432Node. ; Restore the registry view to the default, which ; depends on whether the script is 32-bit or 64-bit. SetRegView Default ;...
Example 2 shows how to detect the type of EXE and operating system on which the script is running.
if (A_PtrSize = 8) script_is := "64-bit" else ; if (A_PtrSize = 4) script_is := "32-bit" if (A_Is64bitOS) OS_is := "64-bit" else OS_is := "32-bit, which has only a single registry view" MsgBox This script is %script_is%, and the OS is %OS_is%.