How to: Read a Value from a Registry Key in Visual Basic
The GetValue method of the My.Computer.Registry object can be used to read values in the Windows registry. If the key, in this case "Software\MyApp", does not exist, an exception is thrown. If the ValueName, in this case "Name", does not exist, Nothing is returned.
To read a value from a registry key
Use the GetValue method, specifying the path and name) to read a value from registry key. The following example reads the value Name from HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\MyApp and displays it in a message box.
This code example is also available as an IntelliSense code snippet. In the code snippet picker, it is located in Windows Operating System > Registry. For more information, see.
The registry holds top-level, or root, keys that are used to store data. For instance, the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE root key is used for storing machine-level settings used by all users, while HKEY_CURRENT_USER is used for storing data specific to an individual user.
The following conditions may cause an exception:
The name of the key is Nothing ().
The user does not have permissions to read from registry keys ().
The key name exceeds the 255-character limit ().
To run this process, your assembly requires a privilege level granted by theclass. If you are running in a partial-trust context, the process might throw an exception due to insufficient privileges. Similarly, the user must have the correct ACLs for creating or writing to settings. For example, a local application that has the code access security permission might not have operating system permission. For more information, see .