Window registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains settings for low-level operating system components as well as the applications running on the platform: the kernel, device drivers, services, SAM, user ...

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How do you remove a default program association for file types in Windows 7?

I somehow have set the default file type association for a file type in Windows 7. It doesn't appear to be possible to delete it from the "Change the file type associated with a file extension" ...
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How to reset shortcuts (.lnk file) in Windows 7?

Somehow I went to open a shortcut and Windows couldn't find the target but instead of pointing the shortcut to the .exe it pointed the .lnk file handler to the .exe, so now all my .lnk files are ...
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Is it worth cleaning the registry?

I have heard that you should keep the registry clean on Windows. Is this actually important or is it just myth?
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where in the registry does Windows store, with which program to open certain file types?

After installing Adobe PDF reader: *.PDF will be opened by the same. *.html with web browser. *.txt with notepad. If we want to make notepad++ a default editor of text files. I guess it simply changes ...
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Bypassing “Found New Hardware Wizard” / Setting Windows to Install Drivers Automatically

My motherboard finally died after the better part of a decade, so I bought a used system. I put my old hard-drive and sound-card in the new system, and connected my old keyboard and mouse (the rest of ...
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What's the easiest and fastest way to compare 2 registry files?

I would like to find the changes made in the registry after installing something on my computer. However I would like to also know what can be done with ease as a general procedure.
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Remapping a keyboard key in windows 8.1 [duplicate]

How can I remap keyboard keys in windows 8.1? I'm looking for a simple utility which will modify registry and would not require running at startup. I tried sharpkeys but, it does not seem to work in ...
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Is there a way to allow concurrent remote desktop users on XP without changing dlls?

I would like to allow concurrent users on an XP install, but I was wondering if there was a way to do it with out swapping dll's and booting into safe mode. (Registry changes are fine)
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Which registry keys need to be edited to change the default browser?

Which registry keys need to be edited to change the default browser? I have found these keys so far and they seem to do what I want, but I am not sure if I have found all of them: Data in: ...
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Remove Desktop entry from Alt+Tab list

Is it possible to remove the entry for the desktop from Windows 7's Alt+Tab list? So far I have found a post telling me to add an entry to the registry: ...
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Uninstall Deep Freeze manually using the Windows registry

How do I uninstall Deep Freeze manually using registry?
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How can I display additional boot and shutdown information on the Windows 7 welcome screen?

There is a small tweak, I believe it is a registry key, that allows to display additional information on the Welcome and Shutting down screens of Windows 7 (and most likely Vista, too). I have ...
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How can I disable flashing icons on Windows 7 taskbar?

I set my Windows 7 taskbar to auto-hide. However, sometimes when a program changes or something new happens in a program, the taskbar will show its self, and its respective taskbar icon will begin ...
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Which special variables are available when writing a shell command for a context menu

When extending the Windows' shell context menu (e.g. for adding an 'Open command here' prompt on directories), a 'command' key needs to be created in the registry. The value of this 'command' key ...
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How do you add an item to the context menu of a folder?

I know how to add a context menu for when you click on an actual folder: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\commandNameHere] but what about clicking on nothing in a folder? like I make a new ...
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What registry key or windows file determines where monitors are placed in a multi monitor environment?

I have a laptop with a USB to VGA adapter which allows me to add a third monitor to my laptop (the second monitor uses the onboard slot). It worked fine on Windows Vista - you could go into Windows' ...
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How to disable the start screen on Windows 8 Release Preview?

The old advice to set the REG_DWORD value named RPEnabled (some sources claim it's RPEnable) under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer to 0 doesn't work anymore since ...
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Disable Hyperthreading in the Windows 7 registry

Some bios's Do Not have the option to disable Hyperthreading of the CPU, it there a way to disable it in the Windows 7 Registry? Or a tool or software? I know about msconfig boot tab (advanced ...
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How do I find the Hex Values that I need to use for the thread below?

In this thread How to hide drive for specific users in Windows 7? it talks about how you can hide drive letters for specific users. I am trying to follow Nathan Hinkle's answer but I am at a wall ...
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Make Chrome always execute with flags, for eg., directly opening an HTML file

I want to run Chrome with a given set of flags, always I created a shortcut and added the flag to it in the following way, so my target of the shortcut says: C:\<application-path>\chrome.exe ...
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Outlook 2013, New Mail Desktop Alert Goes Away After 5 Seconds

When I receive a new email, the desktop notification pops up and then fade away after 5 seconds. I found how to fix it through changing registry for outlook 2010 and older versions but it does not ...
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How to block programs from running (Windows 7)

I'm need to find an easy way to let a few end users block certain programs from running. to be a bit more specific; At my school we have a couple of laptops (~15) that we use to make assessments, ...
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Where are the Windows Registry Files stored?

Where can I find the files edited when you run RegEdit?
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“Always use this program to open these files” is grayed out. Why?

I inadvertently set the Registry Editor to be the default editor for *.txt files. Now when I go to change the default, "Always use this program to open these files" is grayed out. This is the case ...
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How do I recover from “repair pending” error in SFC?

I am trying to fix an issue with Windows registry and services. I tried running sfc command but this is the error message I get? C:\Windows>sfc /scannow Beginning system scan. This process will ...
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How do you disable hotkeys in Internet Explorer 9?

My school is trying to provide HTML5 video to students. The computers are locked down so that nothing can be done except Internet Explorer 9, and even Internet Explorer 9 is locked down with a proxy. ...
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Remove Libraries from Windows 8 Explorer sidebar

I had removed the Libraries from my Windows 7 with this registry tweaks, but since the update to Windows 8 the Libraries are back in my Windows Explorer. So I tried to tweak the registry again, but ...
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Windows 7 Registry Settings Documentation

Is there some documentation on the various Windows 7 registry settings, preferably from Microsoft or in some kind of Wiki? E.g., what settings exist for the Taskbar, Start Menu, Explorer, etc? I've ...
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How do I remap a key to a key-combination in the Windows 7 registry?

I have been able to remap the CapsLock key (3A) to the Left Shift key (2A) by adding the binary value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout\Scancode Map to the registry ...
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Creating custom file extension with windows registry

Ok, so I have been reading and googling this for a while now and I can't understand what is going wrong. I am trying to create a .int file extension in my registry so that I can add the ShellNew key ...
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Unable to uninstall Visual Studio 2008, could not open Components key

There's something funky going on with my Visual Studio installation and when I went to uninstall it so I could make a fresh install, I ran into problems with the uninstaller as well. When I select ...
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Is there a way to see all files and registry entries that an application installs?

I am trying to figure out if there is a way to basically install an application into a sandbox, so that I can easily see all files it created and all registry entries it added without searching the ...
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Easiest way to get right-click “Open command window here” with admin priveleges in Windows 7

I don't want to install PowerToys, I'd rather a simpler solution for this specific problem. I've tried Ctrl+Shift+Right-Click. I've tried adding a registry script, but I get the following error: ...
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Delete Windows file association using .reg file

Question: Using a .reg file, how do I completely remove a file type association? I tried e.g. deleting HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\myextension_auto_file but that's apparently not enough. Background: On Windows ...
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How to add item to right-click menu when NOT selecting a folder or file? [duplicate]

How do I add a menu item to my context menu to open up powershell (or any other arbitary application) when I right-click inside Windows Explorer? I found tons of links on how to add menu items when ...
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How to change Explorer's default location via the registry? [duplicate]

I'm using Windows 7. I want to set Explorer's default location to "My Computer", whether explorer.exe is launched via the "Run" command, via command-line or via a shortcut. That's why I don't want to ...
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Permanently disable num lock in windows?

I like to use the number keys for cursor movement. But every so often I hit Num Lock by mistake, and then instead of moving the cursor where I want it, I end up with an input like this: 44444488 ...
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How to include custom non-system folder under This PC in Windows 8.1?

I've recently upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 and noticed the restructured This PC folder, formerly Computer. What I want to achieve is to include custom folder under "This PC". What I've found ...
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(How) can I change the time until the screensaver kicks in from the command line?

As the title asks (Windows 7). (How) can I change the time until the screensaver kicks in from the command line? Is it even possible? Normally I am happy with a 5 minute setting, but occasionally I ...
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cmd.exe customizing the “Open Command Prompt here” shell extension

Thought I would see if anyone had any pointers on the following situation. I've been customizing command prompt to my needs, and recently changed the prompt for my user. Instead of displaying the path ...
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How can I disable the “Open File Security Warning” when I want to run downloaded executable files?

I would like to disable the "Open File Security Warning" that says "Do you want to run this file?" whenever I double click on an .exe I download. I have Windows 7 Home Premium, so I don't have the ...
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Where is the Default Program associations stored in the registry? [duplicate]

If I run the assoc command-line utility for an extension, it shows the file type/description for the extension I set in the registry. But if I go to Control Panel -> Default Programs - Set ...
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Where are product uninstall keys located in the Registry under Windows 7 x64?

I need to look up the install location of a product in the registry, based on the GUID product code. Under Win XP the keys of products installed were located at ...
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Default Window Size and Positions

I'm running Vista Home Premium 32-Bit with a screen resolution of 1024x768. How do you set the default windows size/positions? Is there a registry tweak for this? Going to Tools->Folder ...
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.cmd runs from cmd.exe but not from start menu / Run dialog

problem If I run a .cmd file from cmd.exe it works fine. However if I run it from Start menu / Run line, it opens in Notepad++, my editor. (edit I've it installed for years, didn't update it ...
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The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer

We have a client machine secon (XP-Pro, SP3) and a server machine servlet. When upgrading Norton Antivirus from 11.4 to RU6, one of our applications named 'LeaftradeLauncher' did not start anymore. ...
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How to know SID of Windows' user account?

When you look at HKEY_USERS registry key, each subkey (representing each user's settings) looks something like S-1-5-18 which is called SID I guess. How do I know which SID is for which user account? ...
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How do I disable all windows hotkeys?

Same as title, want to kill alt-tab, etc.
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Change tilde key to “j” key using Scancode Map

From time to time I have to use a backup laptop (typically when I forget my power cable like today) but it has a broken "j" key. What I'd like to do is remap my tilde key to "j" using the scancode ...
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Adding key to registry

I would like to create a batch file, that will add registry key, not manually, but full automaticly by .BAT file. This link goes about adding everything but not the key. This link shows how to add ...