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Chapter 4. File and Registry Access > Working with the Registry

Working with the Registry

The Windows Registry is a repository of system and user information that is accessible to any Windows program. The Registry provides a centralized, well-managed place to store settings, preferences, and security information.

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If you're new to Windows XP and are used to Windows 95, 98, and Me, you may have heard horror stories about peoples' Registry databases becoming corrupted, or you may have experienced this nightmare yourself. If the Registry gets mangled, Windows can't function. The good news is that the Registry in Windows XP and Windows 2000 is well protected against inadvertent crashes and corruption.

However, this won't help you if your script deliberately deletes or alters important Registry information. Be very careful when modifying Registry information, especially in the Control, System, and Classes sections, and under any section titled Windows.



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