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Chapter 28. Working with the Registry > Understanding the Registry

Understanding the Registry

The primary function of the Registry is similar to the function of the INI files found in Windows 3.x (WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI), as well as CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT. When Windows NT starts, it gets information from the Registry about the device drivers that it needs to load, hardware installed in your system, and user information. However, the Registry also serves many other functions.

The Registry is also the central clearinghouse for applications supporting Object Linking and Embedding (OLE). This is where all the OLE-enabled applications store information about themselves—information that other OLE applications may need to know. This kind of information allows you, for example, to edit a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet from within Microsoft Word.


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