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Isolating Windows Registry Operations using the TestRegistry

TestRegistry is a Windows-only PowerShell PSDrive used to isolate registry based tests.

Pester creates a temporary, randomly named (a guid), registry key in the current user's hive under HKCU:\Software\Pester which is accessible as TestRegistry:.


Basic scoping rules are implemented for the TestRegistry in a similar way to TestDrive. A clean TestRegistry is created on entry to every Describe block and all the keys and values created by your tests are available during the lifetime of that Describe scope. One important difference from TestDrive is that registry keys and values persist within the Describe block and any changes to the registry in the scope of an It or Context block remain until the scope of the Describe block ends. When the Describe block is finished the temporary registry key is deleted and all the subkeys and values with it.


Function Get-InstallPath($path, $key) {
Get-ItemProperty -Path $path -Name $key | Select-Object -ExpandProperty $key

Describe "Get-InstallPath" {

New-Item -Path TestRegistry:\ -Name TestLocation
New-ItemProperty -Path "TestRegistry:\TestLocation" -Name "InstallPath" -Value "C:\Program Files\MyApplication"

It 'reads the install path from the registry' {
Get-InstallPath -Path "TestRegistry:\TestLocation" -Key "InstallPath" | Should -Be "C:\Program Files\MyApplication"