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Windows 98 Guide (Registry Help Needed)

By philip.breeze ·
I am writing a guide for college to restrict user from using features in Windows 98. In alright with Poledit and adding multiple users but theres a part which i dont know about and need help.

Explain the functions and importance of registry.

Could you please help me to explain the functions and the importance of the registry.


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What is the Registry?
The Registry is a database used to store settings and options for the 32 bit versions of Microsoft Windows including Windows 95, 98, ME and NT/2000. It contains information and settings for allthe hardware, software, users, and preferences of the PC. Whenever a user makes changes to a Control Panel settings, or File Associations, System Policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in the Registry.

The physicalfiles that make up the registry are stored differently depending on your version of Windows; under Windows 95 & 98 it is contained in two hidden files in your Windows directory, called USER.DAT and SYSTEM.DAT, for Windows Me there is an additional CLASSES.DAT file, while under Windows NT/2000 the files are contained seperately in the %SystemRoot%\System32\Config directory. You can not edit these files directly, you must use a tool commonly known as a "Registry Editor" to make any changes (usingregistry editors will be discussed later in the article).

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