In Win2000 & WinXP Pro - A database repository for information about a computer's configuration. The Registry contains information Win2000 & WinXP Pro continually reference during operation, including:
The Registry is organized hierarchically as a tree
and is made up of keys and their subkeys, hives, and value entries. See
also hive; key; subkey; value entry under Windows Desktop Help. Press F1
to access from Windows Desktop.
The Registry contains six folders, each named with an HKEY prefix (stands for "Handle to a Key").
The new registry implementation delivers two key benefits:
A universal maximum for registry space that
prevents an application from filling the paged pool with registry data.
The total amount of space that can be consumed by registry data (hives) is
restricted by the registry size limit. Registry size limit is also called
A Floppy Disk, created by the Backup Utility
containing information about your current Windows System Settings. 'Backup
Utility' accessible under - Start Menu, Programs, Accessories, System
Tools, Backup. Use this disk to repair your computer if it will not start
or if your system files are damaged or erased. Emergency
Repair Disk is also called ERD.
The following is verbatim from Win2000 Help.
"Windows 2000 provides two versions of Registry Editor: Regedt32.exe (32-bit) and Regedit.exe (16-bit). Regedt32.exe is automatically installed in the systemroot\system32 folder. Regedit.exe is automatically installed in the systemroot folder.
Regedit.exe is included with Windows 2000 primarily for its search capability. You can use Regedit.exe to make changes in the registry, but not all functions or data types can be viewed or edited properly. Regedit.exe does not provide the following functions or capabilities:
Microsoft recommends using Regedit.exe solely for its search capabilities and to use Regedt32.exe when it's necessary to edit the Registry.
To start Regedt32.exe
To start Regedit.exe
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