reg delete

Applies To: Windows Server (Semi-Annual Channel), Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

Deletes a subkey or entries from the registry.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.


Reg delete <KeyName> [{/v ValueName | /ve | /va}] [/f]


Parameter Description
<KeyName> Specifies the full path of the subkey or entry to be deleted. To specify a remote computer, include the computer name (in the format \\ComputerName) as part of the KeyName. Omitting \\ComputerName\ causes the operation to default to the local computer. The KeyName must include a valid root key. Valid root keys for the local computer are: HKLM, HKCU, HKCR, HKU, and HKCC. If a remote computer is specified, valid root keys are: HKLM and HKU.
/v <ValueName> Deletes a specific entry under the subkey. If no entry is specified, then all entries and subkeys under the subkey will be deleted.
/ve Specifies that only entries that have no value will be deleted.
/va Deletes all entries under the specified subkey. Subkeys under the specified subkey are not deleted.
/f Deletes the existing registry subkey or entry without asking for confirmation.
/? Displays help for reg delete at the command prompt.


The following table lists the return values for the reg delete operation.

Value Description
0 Success
1 Failure


To delete the registry key Timeout and its all subkeys and values, type:

REG DELETE HKLM\Software\MyCo\MyApp\Timeout

To delete the registry value MTU under HKLM\Software\MyCo on the computer named ZODIAC, type:


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