How to save your PuTTY settings Tags: ,

PuTTY does not write its settings to a file, for people who wish to install this on an USB stick poses a challenge.  When you run putty on a system that never ran it before, it will  not have any of your saved settings.    Only solution (that i know of) is to merged your registry settings with the system you running it on. (a bit intrusive.)  So in just seven easy steps you can now have your PuTTY settings on your USB drive.

Step 1


From your Windows start panel, click on “run”




Step 2


Type “regedit” in the your run box.




Step 3


Press “CTRL-F” (this will bring up the search box)
In the search box type “SimonTatham” (no space)
Click off Values and Data
Press Enter


Step 4


You should now have the SimonTatham highlighted in your registry








Step 5


Right click and select “Export”






Step 6


I saved mine to the desktop and named it something that I would not forget what it it.



Step 7


Once you have the file you can move it to your USB key and import or merge
it to which ever system you are working on.

That’s it, you’re done!

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About Ron Staples

Ron has been working in the data, voice technologies field for over 15 years, he obtain his CCNA in 1999 and has worked for several fortune 500 companies. Since then he has re certified his CCNA and earned the following additional certifications, CCNA Voice and CCRMS.

2 thoughts on “How to save your PuTTY settings

  1. Interesting, thanks! 🙂
    Anyway, I’m also wondering why Putty doesn’t keep my settings, although I always start it from the same local machine.
    The setting Putty repeatedly forgets is the “scrollback setting”, i.e. how many lines of scrollback are kept in the terminal (Settings => Window). Unfortunately I don’t think your article will help me here.
    Do you have any idea?

    • You have to set the scroll back lines BEFORE you connect. The default is 200, but you can increase it, save and than connect.

      This is has been a known issue with putty for quite some time.

      Hope this helps.

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