What is the Registry?
|: The Windows registry is found in Windows 9X, Windows CE, Windows NT, Windows
2000, Windows ME, Windows XP and the Windows Vista operating systems. The
registry is essentially the catalog or reference source for your computer.
When you attempt to open a program-for example, your word processor-your
computer queries the registry to find where the program is stored. The registry
contains references to settings and values for the operating system, the
programs, user profiles, document types, property sheet settings, system
hardware and ports. Basically, much of what goes into or comes out of your
computer is noted in the registry.
Only those with a thorough knowledge of computers should attempt to change the
registry. Before tampering with the registry, make sure that you back it up to
avoid losing any information. If you make a mistake while altering the registry
and it isn't backed up, you may lose information vital to the proper functioning
of your computer.
However, just like every other part of your computer, your registry needs
occasional cleaning and reorganization. Using
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