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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Reading registry of remote machine using WMI

    Is it possible to read registry of a remote machine using WMI in C#. I have written the following program to read the registry of a remote machine.But It gives exception as Access is denied.Please suggest me what needs to be changed.

    using System;
    using System.Management;
    using Microsoft.Win32;
    using System.Diagnostics;
    using System.IO;

    namespace SystemInfoCollectorinCS
    /// <summary>
    /// This class collects system information of local machine.
    /// </summary>
    class SystemInfoCollectorinCS
    /// <summary>
    /// The main entry point for the application.
    /// </summary>
    static void Main(string[] args)


    ManagementScope managementScope;
    string regKeyToGet=null, keyToRead=null;
    string serverName="ip address of remote machine";
    string adminUser="userid";
    string adminUserPassword="paswword";

    ConnectionOptions connectionOptions = new ConnectionOptions();
    string wmiPath;
    if(serverName == null || serverName.Length == 0 || adminUser == null || adminUser.Length == 0 || adminUserPassword == null ||
    adminUserPassword.Length == 0)
    //specify WMI path for local machine
    wmiPath = @"root\cimv2";

    //set connection parameters for remote machine
    connectionOptions.Username = adminUser;
    connectionOptions.Password = adminUserPassword;
    //specify WMI path for remote machine
    Console.WriteLine("Setting the WMI path");
    wmiPath = String.Format(@"\\{0}\root\cimv2", serverName);
    Console.WriteLine("Setting the WMI path is done");

    Console.WriteLine("Setting the connection");
    managementScope = new ManagementScope(wmiPath, connectionOptions);
    Console.WriteLine("Setting the connection is done");

    Console.WriteLine("Accessing the registry of remote");
    ManagementClass registry = new ManagementClass(managementScope, new ManagementPath("StdRegProv"), null);
    Console.WriteLine("Accessing the registry of remote machine is done");
    // Returns a specific value for a specified key
    Console.WriteLine("Returning a specific value for a specified key");
    ManagementBaseObject inParams = registry.GetMethodParameters("GetStringValue");
    Console.WriteLine("Returning a specific value for a specified key is done");

    inParams["sSubKeyName"] = regKeyToGet;
    inParams["sValueName"] = keyToRead;
    Console.WriteLine("Invokeing Method");

    ManagementBaseObject outParams = registry.InvokeMethod("GetStringValue", inParams, null);
    Console.WriteLine("Invokeing Method");


    }// try

    catch (Exception ex)
    //err = ex.Message.ToString();



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    I suggest you can use RegistryKey.OpenRemoteBaseKey Method which opens a new RegistryKey that represents the requested key on a remote machine.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Check out the WMI Code Creator and use it on the Win32_Registry Class to generate code for you, you can select "Target computer" as Remote and select code language as C#.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Thanks a lot to both of you..

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2012

    Re: Reading registry of remote machine using WMI

    Plz suggest me the complete code....i need to scan a remote computer registry from a local machine,though the local machine does not have admin rights bt credentials of remote machine i can provide....i have tried a lot many thing,if anyone is there who can help me out guys ??

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