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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Linux equivalent of Windows Registry

What is the Linux equivalent of Windows Registry? If there is no equivalent or similar structure in Linux, how are the things that are done by the Windows Registry handled in Linux?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Difference between a stand-alone executable file, and an installed executable?

I have noticed on Windows, at least, that you can download a direct, statically-linked executable file and launch it directly, or write your own program and executable it (even dynamically) without ...
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How to restore the Process Name column in Process Explorer?

Currently, Process Explorer's window does not show the process name: (When I run Process Explorer as another user, the column displays correctly.) I have tried dragging all the column handlers, ...
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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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Why does Windows still have the BSOD on Ctrl+Scroll+Scroll “feature”?

While Windows XP came out I heard about a testing feature that existed to manually cause a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). I also heard this was supposed to be removed in XP Service Pack 2. It didn't get ...
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How to change the cmd.exe font? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change the Windows console font? Firstly: I have tried the options dialog for it (the one that Windows shows) and I don't want that. The default windows option ...
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The Windows Registry - Why (and Where) Does It Exist?

Was talking to a friend about the registry, and realized I couldn't remember the issues Microsoft was trying to solve that brought it into being. I know it had something to do with too many different ...
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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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Is there a software that can index the contents of the registry for quick lookups? [closed]

Searching in the Windows registry can be ve------ry------ lo----ng. Is there some tool available that can index the contents of the whole registry, or contents of a single hive, such that fast ...
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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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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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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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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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How to edit the registry in Windows 7

Seems like a simple question, but how do you edit the registry in Windows 7? regedit seems nowhere to be found. Or at least typing "reg" into the Search box on the start menu yields nothing, even ...
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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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Tool to access another user's registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER

I am looking for a way to access the registry of other users on a computer (so I can copy them). The idea is that I am trying to get a complicated Delphi app to compile and run on more than one ...
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What does the path '\REGISTRY\A\…' in Sysinternals Procmon log mean?

I use Sysinternals Procmon utility to monitor the registry access by some programs. Most log entries have the Path property starting from HKCU\… or HKLM\…, that corresponds to the registry hives ...
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Increase granularity, range and curvature of the volume control slider

There is a common problem for USB speakers (such as Logitech SBS-150 in my case, for which Logitech provides no solution) and headphones- they are too loud. When you use the Windows volume control ...
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Make Windows “Show icon and notifications” by default, but let you hide some

In Windows 7 if you have the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar option disabled, the setting for individual applications defaults to Only show notifications. Is there a magical ...
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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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Version control for Windows configuration

How can I put my Windows personal configuration under version control? Summary (details and examples follow): Personal configuration (e.g. desktop preferences), not system configuration (e.g. ...
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Is it possible to “declare” a windows cmd-file (batch-file) as 32 bit?

Background: We do quite some scripting and little helpers with batch files (xyz.cmd) at work. Windows 7 is only now starting to become widespread here, and obviously, we hit the problems associated ...
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Altering specific configuration values in the On-Screen Keyboard of Windows 7

I have to use the On-Screen Keyboard of Windows 7 for typing: (In case you haven't used it yet, you can get it via: All Programs -> Accessories -> Ease of Access -> On-Screen Keyboard or simply ...
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Syncing Windows registry between several computers

There's a certain folder in my Windows XP registry that I would like to be synchronized between my 2 computers, Dropbox-style. The way I want it to be is that every time I make a registry change in ...
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How do I remove the “Undo” option from Windows' right-click context menu?

I am looking to remove the Undo option from the menu. I have looked at the similar questions on Super User, and I cannot find a method to remove this item. Please include more than just a link to ...
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Recover Windows 7 license key from formatted drive

I recently performed a fresh install of Windows 7 on my computer, but only as I deleted the old partition (that contained my old Windows 7 install) did I remember I hadn't extracted my Windows ...
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Remapping a keyboard key in windows 8.1

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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Windows 7 loses drive letter mapping on reboot

I have two sata hard drives configured as RAID1 that I am using as a data drive in my Win7 system. The OS is installed on a non-raid SSD drive. After installing the OS and starting Win7 for the ...
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Windows 8 Color Settings (Window Title)

In Windows 7, the window title's color (by default black, to see the title in the title bar fire up Windows Media Player for example) is stored in [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors] ...
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What are the advantages of the Windows registry? [closed]

The Windows Registry is one of the biggest targets for criticism from practically everywhere. It's not too hard to find disadvantages for its use, but MS has still kept it since Windows 95. What is ...
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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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Good free Registry Editor Tool [closed]

I am needing to do some registry editing for my current software project and I am finding that Regedit is not really that good. Does anyone know a good (preferably free) registry editing tool? Some ...
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Where can I find what license key was used in my installed copy of Visual Studio 2008?

I have legitimate copies of Visual Studio 2008 installed on several computers, each with different license keys. I cannot remember what key was used on each install. Where in the registry can I find ...
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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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Is there way to scan a registry hive on an attached USB drive?

I have a hard drive with a virus that I removed from a PC. I can scan the file system of it as an attached USB drive. But how do I scan the registry of that USB drive since it is not booted up like ...
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“Create new text document” option missing from context menu

I noticed today that there is no longer a "Create new text document" option in my Windows 7 (x64 Ultimate) context menu when I right click. No idea how or when it disappeared, point is it's gone. ...
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“file.myext” is not a valid Win32 application

I have written a registry that creates .myext. Double-clicking on my file.myext refers to my executable file (converted from a batch file that opens a .jar) which then opens my notepad application. ...
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What are the differences between the multiple ControlSets in the Windows registry?

There are multiple branches with “ControlSet” in their names under HKEY_LOCALMACHINE\SYSTEM. What are the fundamental differences between the way Windows uses these 3 keys? HKLM\System\ControlSet001 ...
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Windows Mouse Acceleration Curve: SmoothMouseXCurve and SmoothMouseYCurve

What is the format of the data of SmoothMouseXCurve and SmoothMouseYCurve in the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse
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Windows 7 Boot to VHD using a VHD clone of the system drive

This seems like a not too difficult problem, and, after several hurdles, I'm maddeningly close. But I can't quite get there. I'm running Windows 7 in development shop. I want to start using VS2010 to ...
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How to set up Firefox on Windows to ignore registry settings?

It seems that a number of vendors are silently installing Firefox extensions via registry settings. I would like to prevent Firefox from reading any Windows registry settings at start-up. Does anyone ...
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How to make Windows tooltip stay longer?

Is there any way to increase/decrease timeout of mouse-over tooltip (time it stays on the page until mouse pointer moved/button clicked)? I found some help to disable them entirely or increase time ...
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Can't find the BagMRU Size value, my folder settings are getting lost

This is an old problem dating back to Windows XP, now on my Windows 7 64-bit system it is starting to lose folder view settings when it comes to Details, List, Icons etc, everything else is stable for ...