Getting to the .default key in registry in powershell

How would one get to the HKEY_Users key in the registry using powershell? I am seeing that it would have to be possible to look it up by the .net classes.

One example I see is

$Reg = [Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKey]::OpenRemoteBaseKey('LocalMachine', 'computername')

Would the key be users in this case?
The key that I am looking for is

HKEY_Users.DEFAULT\Control Panel\International and the LocalName value.

Many thanks,


Simple, try this:

Set-Location -Path HCKU:

EDIT: I was too quick with answering. Be aware that you need to script this. There’s no native way (besides using .NET, as you already figured out), to access the .DEFAULT hive.

Check this:
And this:

I’ve tried posting this a few times, but it has not shown up for some reason. Here it is again without the source reference which appears to be what it causing it to not display.

Get-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::\HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\International"

I take my words back. Curtis is the man! 0

Thanks Richard.

You could use Invoke-Command for that.

You could create a PSDrive using the Registry provider:

New-PSDrive HKU -Root HKEY_Users -PSProvider Registry
Get-ChildItem HKU:\.default

Thanks guys, you have given a bit more perspective

from cmd console:
powershell -command “& Get-ChildItem -Path Registry::HKU | where {$_.Name -match ‘Classes’} | Select-Object -ExpandProperty PSChildName | Out-File .\default_HKU.txt”

from PS console:
Get-ChildItem -Path Registry::HKU | where {$_.Name -match ‘Classes’} | Select-Object -ExpandProperty PSChildName | Out-File .\default_HKU.txt