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Chapter 29. The Registry > Editing Registry Entries for Another User

Editing Registry Entries for Another User

If you open a Registry Editor and look under HKEY_USERS, you will find that the only available subkeys are .DEFAULT, four entries for system services, and your own subkey, which is also accessible as HKEY_CURRENT_USER. As I mentioned earlier, Windows stores various parts of the Registry in data files called hives, and loads the hive containing your part of HKEY_USER only when you are currently logged on. When you log out, your subkey is unloaded from the Registry, and the hive file is left in your user profile folder.

As a Computer Administrator, you might find it necessary to edit Registry HKEY_USER entries for another user. For example, a startup program in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run might be causing such trouble that the user can't log on. (Can you tell this is a pet peeve of mine?) If you can't log on as that user, you can edit his or her HKEY_CURRENT_USER Registry keys in another way:


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