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DOWNLOA The anatomy of the Windows Registry

By Bill Detwiler Editor ·
The Windows registry controls nearly every local Windows setting. The anatomy of the Windows registry quick-reference chart provides an overview of the Windows registry. It explains what the registry is, how to back up the registry, and the differences between the main registry keys. The chart is a great resource for those new to the Windows registry.

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Then, use this discussion threat to let us know if The anatomy of the Windows registry chart provides helpful information and if there's anything we can do to improve the document's format or content.

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What do you think?

by Greg Shultz Contributor In reply to DOWNLOAD: The anatomy of ...

Hey folks!

As the author of this nifty little chart I just thought I drop a note in the discussion to ask for some feedback about the chart.

If you have any ideas or comments, please take a moment to let us know.



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Not what I was hoping for ...

by mrtgrady In reply to What do you think?

I was hoping for something that at least explained some of the Windows registry keys, if not providing examples of common application keys.

Very disappointing.

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WIndows Anatomy

by BearyAnn In reply to What do you think?

Short, sweet and to the point. I was looking for a bit more details of each of the 5 keys, do you have a follow-up ?

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Nice Overview.... but...

by minabird In reply to What do you think?

Will there be more info on exactly "what this means to me and my users" (why/how things get in there that make changes we don't want, what causes us to have to edit the Registry)? Thanks!

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Nice Introduction to your Chart...

by BobbyPR In reply to What do you think?

Well, it's a very nice introduction. You could add more comments on the kinds of values you can store into the keys. Keys can hold String, Binary, Dword, Multi String, Expandable String. Then you can explain what are each one, and what are their uses.

Also, you could bring an example of where can you find IE's url history (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Internet Explorer\ TypedURLs). Or where the setting for the pretty wallpaper we have on our desktops are stored.

You could add where the registry resides (on disk; file names, on memory).

Many more things can be said about the registry, but with caution as not to grow company hackers. :)


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It's not there...

by robertam30 In reply to DOWNLOAD: The anatomy of ...

I tried to download "The anatomy of the Windows Registry" and everytime it did not show up. I check my settings and everything is correct. This is the first time I have had a problem downloading from your website.



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Popup blocker?

by Bill Detwiler Editor In reply to It's not there...

It's possible that your popup blocker prevented the download window from automatically appearing. Did you try the second link provided on the page that appears once you clicked the Download Now button?

If not try this link:

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Helpful as a start

by aconant In reply to DOWNLOAD: The anatomy of ...

This is a good source of beginning information, I'd like to see some more meat. Such as what default settings are etc, this may be too big a subject.

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Does not match the description

by dan_newman In reply to Helpful as a start

Sorry to be so critical, but when you say "anatomy of the Windows registry" then show just what the basic sections are and the general purpose of the registry, it's similar to showing a picture of a dog with the head, body legs and tail labeled and calling it "anatomy of a dog". "Introduction to the Windows Registry" would be far more appropriate. Thanks for listing to my rant.

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Not really a chart

by Reiley 411 In reply to Does not match the descri ...

More of an article. I was thinking it was something I could hang on the wall for reference.

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