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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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

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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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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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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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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Where is the Windows Registry Files stored?

Where can I find the files edited when you run RegEdit?
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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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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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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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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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How do I disable all windows hotkeys?

Same as title, want to kill alt-tab, etc.
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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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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 ...
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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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track change to registry before installing software [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the easiest and fastest way to compare 2 registry files? is there an application that can track any changes made to my registry before I install software on ...
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Remove arrow mark from shortcut icons on Windows 8

I tried this registry tweak to remove the shortcut arrows, which worked on Windows 7, but doesn't work on Windows 8 anymore. It just shows a white space instead of an arrow. Windows Registry Editor ...
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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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Word 2010 - Registry Key for AutoCorrect Options

Microsoft states in the below mentioned article that there is a Registry Key for AutoCorrect settings in Word 2010: How to reset user options and registry settings in Word AutoCorrect ...
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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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Where can I add or change the options in the system menu?

I want to add another option to the system menu(Alt-Space) in Windows. What locations in the Windows Registry control the entries on this menu?
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Unable to access a particular registry key

I am trying to install a hot fix for Visual Studio 2008, but each time the install fails, and the report in the log file is that the installer does not have access to: ...
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Is it possible to use programs installed on a second hard drive after a Windows reinstall?

Currently I have two hard drives: C (120gb SSD) and E (500gb SSD). I had been using C for Windows and small utilities, while larger programs (games mostly) are installed on E. I would like to wipe my ...
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Opening PowerShell at the current working directory from the registry

This question is prompted by a problem I faced while writing this answer. I am invoking PowerShell like this from the registry: C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\PowerShell.exe -NoExit ...
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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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Windows: Move programs (with registry entries) to a different hard drive

I've got a bunch of programs on an old HDD, which I cloned to a new HDD, however had to reinstall due to issues with the currently installed drivers. Thing is, now, is it possible to copy all the ...
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After installing VS 2010 - Generic Host Process For Win32 Services problem starts

After installing VS 2010 trial I am getting this error "Generic Host Process For Win32 Services Encountered A Problem and needs to close. When this message pops my computer just stuck and I can 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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Can I find out when a hard disk was connected to a Windows system? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find out WHEN a usb disk was removed? Recently someone stole my external hard drive. I suspect a friend of mine might have done that – I have access to his ...
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Backup an installed software

I have some important installed software applications, and I want to backup such applications only (not all disk). Is there any software that can backup those applications (including registry?)
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Uninstaller sometimes lefts behind some files

Sometimes even if you run the uninstaller , some files get left behind usually in the registry. How to make sure all the program (that I want to uninstall) related files are removed for good.