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15. The Registry

Chapter 15. The Registry

As you’ve seen throughout this book, the Registry lets you change, customize, or manipulate nearly every aspect of Windows XP. So what the heck is it? Actually, it’s just a database that contains comprehensive settings for pretty much the whole operating system, as well as settings for the programs you run.

There’s just one problem: the Registry is not particularly easy to use. But in many instances, editing the Registry is the only way to customize certain settings. In other cases, you get more options by editing the Registry rather than using menus, buttons, and dialog boxes. (XP contains so many different settings that Microsoft’s engineers couldn’t reasonably build a graphical interface for you to change all of them.)


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