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Simply put, where does software usually place their registry keys (I mean which folder of the registry in regedit)?

In every folder of registry there are many many sub-folders.

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Consistency in registry paths is awful. Usually though, you're going to find what you're looking for under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE, or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE.

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There are a lot of places applications can write values to the registry.

A common, application-specific location though is

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