Registry Object

This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature.

The Registry object exposes the Windows registry settings that maintain an instance of Microsoft SQL Server and run-time parameters.

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With the Registry object, you can:

  • Retrieve SQL Server parameters set during installation, such as the registered owner, character set, and sort order.

  • Set system start behavior for an instance of SQL Server.

  • Configure SQL Server mail account information.

  • Configure SQL Server default data-log and error-log paths, or set the path for the SQL Server master database.

Changes to property values of the Registry object are applied to the referenced instance of SQL Server as they are made.


The Registry object is compatible with instances of SQL Server versions 7.0 and later. However, the Registry2 object extends the functionality of the Registry object for use with features that were introduced in SQL Server 2000.

To set a SQL Server run-time parameter

  1. Get the Registry object from a connected SQLServer object.

  2. Set the parameter. For example, to cause the SQL Server service (MSSQLServer) to start automatically when the system is started, set the AutostartServer property to TRUE.

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