SetMultiStringValue method of the StdRegProv class

The SetMultiStringValue method sets the data value for a named value whose data type is REG_MULTI_SZ.

This topic uses Managed Object Format (MOF) syntax. For more information about using this method, see Calling a Method.


uint32 SetMultiStringValue(
  [in] uint32  hDefKey = HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,
  [in] string  sSubKeyName,
  [in] string  sValueName,
  [in] Variant sValue[] = 


hDefKey [in]

A registry tree, also known as a hive, that contains the sSubKeyName path. The default value is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

The following trees are defined in WinReg.h.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT (2147483648)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER (2147483649)


HKEY_USERS (2147483651)


sSubKeyName [in]

A key that contains the named value to be set.

sValueName [in]

A named value whose data value you are setting. You can specify an existing named value (update) or a new named value (create). Specify an empty string to set the data value for the default named value.

sValue [in]

An array of string data values.

Return value

In C++, the method returns a uint32 value that is 0 (zero) if successful. If the function fails, the return value is a nonzero error code that is defined in WinError.h. In C++, use the FormatMessage function with the FORMAT_MESSAGE_FROM_SYSTEM flag to get a generic description of the error. You can also look up return values under the WMI Error Constants.

In scripting or Visual Basic, the method returns an integer value that is 0 (zero) if successful. If the function fails, the return value is a nonzero error code that you can look up in WbemErrorEnum.


Multistring-valued registry entries are relatively rare in the registry. The Registry Provider does, however, provide the SetMultiStringValue method to enable you to create these entries as needed. Because a multistring can store a list of strings, the SetMultiStringValue method accepts an array of strings as the parameter that determines the values of the entry.

Note that if you use the SetMultiStringValue method to append to an existing multistring-valued entry rather than create a new one, you have to first use the GetMultiStringValue method to retrieve the existing list of strings. This is because SetMultiStringValue overwrites any existing value.


The Configure Desktop Module PowerShell sample configures Windows Explorer settings, Internet Explorer download and Internet Explorer home pages.

The following VBScript code example shows how to write an array of new values to the REG_MULTI_SZ value that is located in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\NewKey\MultiValueName.

const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE = &H80000002
strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\NewKey"
MultValueName = "Example Multistring Value"
strComputer = "."
iValues = Array("string1", "string2")
Set oReg=GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")
oReg.CreateKey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,strKeyPath
oReg.SetMultiStringValue HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,strKeyPath,MultValueName,iValues
WScript.Echo "Set registry value HKLM\SOFTWARE\NewKey\Example MultiString Value to string1 string 2"


Minimum supported client

Windows Vista

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2008







See also

Modifying the System Registry
WMI Tasks: Registry