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Part IX: Appendixes > What Is the Registry?

What Is the Registry?

The registry is a database that exists in files on your hard disk. Each computer that runs Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT has a registry. The registry contains information about your computer hardware, the operating system, applications (such as Outlook) that run under Windows, and information about computer users.

Although the information in the registry is in several files (many files in the case of Windows NT), you don't have to be concerned with how these files are structured. That's because Windows contains various tools for displaying and modifying what's in the registry.


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