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How to understand what is happening in the Windows Registry

How to understand what is happening in the Windows Registry

What is the best way to understand what is going on in Windows Registry? Is there a book that can help you learn?

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Guest [Entry]

"The registry is a storage mechanism, which is used both by MS Windows itself and third party app developers (e.g., Adobe). Microsoft uses it to store user preferences, many of which can be controlled via the user interface (e.g., Control Panel settings, network connection settings). Application developers usually use it to store similar things.

Sometimes, you can bypass limitations in a program's user interface by changing settings in the registry directly."
Guest [Entry]

"There's Mastering Windows XP Registry.

You'll really learn more about when you have some reason to modify it."
Guest [Entry]

Here's a little intro on what's up with the registry. There are also tools that let you observe registry modifications in real time if you are curious.
Guest [Entry]

Microsoft's Group Policy management and editor books are a good start also.