This page contains information about windows registry. We have covered its features and provided you with tips on how you can improve your computer
experience. We think that this page is the perfect place to cover several elements
of windows registry which is the building blocks of widows. We are not sure some of you have heard a lot about windows
registry , for some of you it might be a new thing. In either case, we have got some thing for you here. We take you
a scenic tour of the windows registry. You will be walked through the basics of
Registry using windows registry-from learning to the structure of registry, modifying and backing up registry etc. It is always recommended that you take a backup of the registry before proceeding with an edit. Because an improper execution may entirely corrupt your windows.
Registry editors visually explains the structure of registry. Like windows explorer, registry editors has two panels. The left side panel contains six main registry groups. On clicking one group, it expands it sub groups and information about one group displays in the right hand side. This is similar to selecting a drive in the windows explorer.
These six main groups are known as
hives. The sub groups are known as keys, each key or sub key contains values about software, hardware, users
etc. The value are again divided into three types they are DWORD, string and binary.
String contains text matter
Binary hexadecimal codes
DWORD contains Boolean entries
The six hives are
1. HKEY CLASSES ROOT
2. HKEY CURRENT USER
3. HKEY LOCAL MACHINE
4. HKEY USERS
5. HKEY CURRENT CONFIG
6. HKEY DYN DATA
1. HKEY CLASSES ROOT : It contains root data it holds information about windows user interface and file association.
2. HKEY CURRENT USER : This holds information related to the currently logged-in user. This information is the copy from HKEY
USERS about the customized settings of currently logged user.
3. HKEY LOCAL MACHINE : This group is a data base of information related to hardware and software. Customization options for all installed programs are offered under the key SOFTWARE.
4. HKEY USERS : It stores individual users preferences such as desktop settings. Each user is identified by a Security Identifier (SID). An SID ones used will not be repeated.
5. HKEY CURRENT CONFIG : This hive contains data related to the hardware and software settings of all users.
6. HKEY DYN DATA: It contains information related to plug - n - play devices.
Regidit is a program which enables you to access the registry. It can be launched from the run command
( Windows Key + R ) . Just type regedit or regedit .
exe in run command and hit enter key. Regidit is a basic tool provided by Microsoft. There are third party registry editors that extend the standard functionality of
Examples of third party registry editors are
1. Registry commander ( WWW.aezay.dk )
2. Reg Edit X ( WWW.regiditx.com )
3. Registry workshop ( WWW.torchsoft.com )
Besides registry editing soft wares, there are several other programs which monitors registry accessing by applications such programs are know as
1. Registry monitor WWW.sysinternals.com
2. Multimon WWW.resplendens.com/multimon
Installation of every programs add some information to the registry. According to
MS guidelines, the entries created by a program must be removed at the time of uninstallation. But this rule will not be followed by all applications. So we need the help of external programs to delete the unwanted entries from the registry. The programs used for this purpose are known as
registry cleaners. Increase in the unwanted entries will affect overall performance of the system.
So a cleaned registry will improve system performance.
Examples of cleaners are
1. CCleaner (WWW.ccleaner.com)
2. easy cleaner http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm
3. jv16 power tool WWW.ju16.org