Published May 15, 2018 by

How to Transfer PuTTY Sessions To Another Windows System

PuTTY is a terminal emulator application which can act as a client for the SSH computing protocols. You can use putty for remote login on your system.

By default PuTTY stores the session information in the registry on Windows machine. If you have several PuTTY sessions stored in one system and would like to transfer those sessions to another system, you need to transfer HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SimonTatham registry key and value as explained below:

Export the Session:

Click on Start -> Run ->  

And enter the following regedit command in the run dialog box, which will place the PuTTY registry key and value on your desktop in the putty-registry.reg file.

regedit /e "%userprofile%\desktop\putty-registry.reg" HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Simontatham

Import the Session:

Transfer the putty-registry.reg to the destination Windows machine. Right click on the .reg file and select Merge as shown below. This will display a confirmation message: Are you sure you want to add the information in putty-registry.reg to registry?. Click on 'Yes' to accept this message.

Launch the putty to verify the new sessions are transferred successfully. The registry key merge will not delete the previous PuTTY sessions. Instead, it will merge the entries to the existing PuTTY sessions on the destination windows machine.