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Whatever version of Windows you’re using--from Vista up to Windows 8.1--the registry is at the heart of your desktop experience. Software installs and compatibility, hardware operation and more are managed by a complex database of codes and numbers. When something goes wrong it can seem impossible to diagnose and repair the problem, and harder still to prevent a recurrence or make the subtle changes and tweaks required to fix the problem. In this book we’ll take you inside the workings of the Registry, and teach you how to repair, modify and clean it to keep your PCs running smoothly.

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Frontmatter

Chapter 1. The Architecture of the Windows Registry

Abstract
The most relevant simile for the Windows Registry in your PC is the human brain It stores all of the key information and code that allows the different parts of your computer, and its operating system and software, to communicate with one another. This includes details about hardware addresses and communications protocols, software installation and configuration files and, of course, the inner workings of Windows itself.
Mike Halsey, Andrew Bettany

Chapter 2. Registry Tools and Utilities

Abstract
Because of the complexity of a PC system, with its OS components, software, apps, hardware, and drivers, the Registry can swell to a significant size. On my own PC, as I sit and write this, the Registry files are over 225MB combined. If you wanted to open these files in a text editor, such as Windows Notepad, they would take a long time and be very complex indeed.
Mike Halsey, Andrew Bettany

Chapter 3. Troubleshooting a Corrupted Registry

Abstract
From our short exploration of Process Monitor, you can appreciate that for every piece of software that is installed or run on and even removed from a PC, the system will write, query, or delete entries in the Windows Registry. It is therefore vital that you maintain the Registry carefully and ensure that it is kept in good working order.
Mike Halsey, Andrew Bettany

Chapter 4. Working with Other Users’ Registry Files/Advanced Troubleshooting

Abstract
Working on the Windows Registry shouldn’t ever be an overly difficult or arduous task, especially if it’s your own Registry, you need to make changes or troubleshoot a problem for the currently signed-in user, or you need to fix a hardware or general Windows issue. Sometimes, however, you might find that more than one person uses the same PC and you need to make changes to all of their accounts. You can’t rely on those other people being around and coming to sign in to the PC when you need them to so you can expedite your repair work.
Mike Halsey, Andrew Bettany

Chapter 5. Securing the Registry

Abstract
As a parent, I was once told that if children are left to play, then they will happily play all day without getting themselves into any trouble, but if a door or garden gate is forgetfully left open, then children will wander, explore, begin to get into mischief. . . . There are many doors in the Registry, but while some may be opened, thankfully Windows will protect us from destroying the Registry. On a modern operating system, the Windows security model is very robust and will do a very good job at protecting itself from destruction, sometimes despite our own best endeavors to undermine security.
Mike Halsey, Andrew Bettany

Chapter 6. Hacks, Tweaks, and Common Changes

Abstract
No operating system has ever been as configurable as Microsoft Windows. From its very earliest days you could change all manner of facets in its look, feel, and operation, and many of these have been made possible by the Registry.
Mike Halsey, Andrew Bettany

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