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Windows 95 Registry Limit - 64KB

By nk ·
I am trying to install some MS Software - Visual C++ but have been warned that due to the limit on a Win 95 machine registry, there may be some issues. Having installed Visual C++ I got messages telling me that it was unable to update the reigstry.

I have tried removing stuff from my computer and am down to the basics. I have also shortened the path for the Visual C++ location however, I keep getting these error messages.

Can anyone help find out: -

1. Does the fact that a pieceof software is unable to update the registry affect the software itself? Is so, how badly. I seem to be able to launch the program OK.

2. Is there a way of expanding the size of a Win 95 registry?

Thank you.

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by dheupel In reply to Windows 95 Registry Limit ...

In Windows 95, a registry key's size is limited to 60KB, with additional spave (4KB) for overhead. Even though you can launch the program, as you use it, you might find that it behaves erratically, as the entire registry hive for the program is notthere.

Windows 98 removes the 60KB limit on a registry key, so you may want to consider upgrading. For more information, see the MS-Knowledge Base article #Q122867.

Although you can change the size of the registry in Windows NT, I don't know of a way to alter the size in Windows 95.

Good luck.

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by nk In reply to Windows 95 Registry Limit ...

Thanks. I guess the only option is to upgrade to Win 98.
Thanks

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