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Part 3: Advanced Topics > The Registry

Chapter 8. The Registry

The Windows Registry is a database of settings used by Windows XP and the individual applications that run on it. Knowing how to access and modify the Registry effectively is important for troubleshooting, customizing, and unlocking hidden features in Windows XP.

An amazing amount of what one might assume to be “hardwired” into Windows—the locations of key directories, the titles of on-screen objects such as the Recycle Bin, and even the version number of Windows XP reported in Control Panel—is actually the product of data stored in the Registry. Change a setting in the Registry and key parts of your system can be affected; for this reason, Microsoft passively discourages tampering by providing only minimal user documentation on the Registry Editor, and no documentation at all on the structure of the Registry itself.


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