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Registry: Getting Acquainted
The Windows Registry
is a database where all the information about your
computer is stored. Everything from colors, installed
applications, or changes you make in Control Panel,
are included in the Registry database.
If you want to extend
the customization of Windows, you'll need to
understand the Registry, and how it works.
It is possible to
break Windows by changing the Registry. Any changes
you make should be done with caution. If you take the
simple step of making a backup copy of the Registry,
you virtually eliminate the possibility of disaster.
This is explained in detail in another chapter. Users
of Windows for Newbies will find this a very simple
operation to perform.
to know you
The Registry is edited
with a tool found in your Windows folder. That tool
is the Registry Editor. It's called Regedit.exe and
is included with Windows for the purpose of viewing
and editing the Registry.
To start the Registry
Editor, all you do is type "regedit" into
the Run line of the Start Menu. You'll see the
following window displayed in Figure
1-1. Registry Editor window
where you'll do your editing. The left pane is the
tree view with folders called keys.
The right pane shows the contents of the currently
selected folder. The contents are called values.
The items in the left pane aren't really folders,
they're just called folders in order to give them a
convenient method of naming and displaying the
the Registry Editor with a key selected, displaying
its values in the right pane, shown in Figure 1-2:
Figure 1-2. Keys and
Each key can contain
other keys, as well as values. Each value contains
the actual information stored in the Registry itself.
Keys are shown in the left pane, and values are shown
in the right pane.
There are three types
of values: String, Binary, and DWORD. Their use is
determined by the program that created them. To
display a value, click on the key (folder) of choice
and look at its value in the right pane. To expand a
key, click the plus sign next to it, or double click
on the folder.
Time to Operate!"
The Registry Editor
allows you to perform the following operations:
- New keys or values
can be added by choosing the location for the new
object, and selecting New from
the Edit menu.
- Rename any existing
value and almost any key with the same method
used to rename files: right-click and select
Rename, click twice on the name slowly and type
the new name, or select the name press F2.
- Delete a key or
value by clicking on it and pressing the Del
key, or right-click and select Delete.
- Search for text in
a key or value by selecting Find
from the Edit menu.
- Refresh the
displayed portion of the Registry by selecting Refresh
from the View menu.
Drag and drop won't
work with any keys or values. The Registry path is
the location in the Registry that is described by the
series of nested keys. For example, if you're looking
for a particular value in the Microsoft key under
SOFTWARE, which is under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, the
registry path would be:
chapter covers the six keys and how to make them
unlock your computer's potential.
are 23 chapters in this eBook.
Registry concepts in Plain English
of the Registry with pictures
Big Picture: Another angle
coverage of the Six Keys and what they unlock
up the Registry with safety
backups that don't reside on your hard drive
customization of your PC using the Registry
tables or Hex Roots, and Class IDs
IDs explained in plain language.
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