Questions tagged [windows-registry]

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 interface and third party applications all make use of the Registry.

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Windows 10 change window decorator size?

I know that window managers like i3 on linux allow the user to change/remove the decorators (top bars of windows). Since I barely drag windows around by mouse, I would appreciate the sleeker look of ...
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How to add windows terminal to registry with extra commandline arguments?

I've added the wt.exe to my right click context menu through regedit. I've put it in here- HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell -> Create new folder and name it anything, preferably ...
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Windows 10 command shell not running associated apps

Recently the behaviour of my CMD shell (windows 10) changed, and I have no idea why. Previously , when typing the name of a script xxx.py or blabla.txt would either run the script using python or ...
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Windows 10 Immersive Search tweak

Windows has an unofficial feature called "Immersive Search," similar to Spotlight Search on macOS, that looks like this: It can be enabled with the following Registry Commands, either with regedit or ...
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Is it possible to pre-configure Windows 10 before installation?

For example, I would like to set some Registry variables or Group Policies to custom values without breaking the system (e.g. ProgramFilesDir in Registry, Update policies, etc.). Will Windows use ...
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Textpad - Open multiple files in one instance with right click [duplicate]

After years of reading StackExchange I have finally came to a point where I could not find an answer for a problem of mine... We're are configuring the right click menu on Windows Server 2016 DC VDIs ...
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Why is Discord scanning my entire registry and then uploading it? [closed]

I have not used discord in a long time. I am not even logged in. I noticed that Discord (the voice chat for gamers), will periodically scan my entire registry and then upload it to a website. I am ...
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Server's Host Key in Registry

I start PuTTY from WinSCP, and when I do, I always get this popup: that I need to respond to about the server's host key not matching what's in the registry. What do I need to do to update that ...
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Is there a registry value for number of Windows Hello fingerprint sign-in attempts?

The fingerprint reader on my Lenovo X1 Yoga is very poor, and often does not recognize me. Since Windows Hello only allows 3 attempts, I often have to enter my PIN/Password instead. Is there a ...
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Windows 10: “Some settings are managed by your organization”: MDM managing Windows settings as organization, but origin unknown

I keep getting this message "Some settings are managed by your organization" in my Windows settings. I am not domain joined and there are no provisioning packages. I want to get rid of the message and ...
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How to find user-modified registry keys or keyboard mappings on Windows 10?

I'm back on Windows (with a Surface Book 2) after many years as a software developer working on Macs or Linux. I somehow changed some keyboard mappings a few months ago, but I can't remember how I did ...
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How to make regedit dark in windows 10? [duplicate]

How to make regedit dark in windows 10 ? regedit window is not dark in dark mode I searched about it but only find answers for How to enable dark mode in windows 10 using regedit?
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Trouble with Mouse Gesture software, can't resinstall

This is about a failed program install, that happens to be the ASUS mouse gesture program. I'll explain the complete issue; New Windows 10 Install - freshly built laptop. Mouse gesture software ...
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Where does Windows store permissions for the Registry

Every Windows Registry key has a permissions list to specify which user(s) can read or modify the key. Where is this list stored? Is it the same location for Windows 7 and 10? Is there any way, ...
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about Windows registry, HKU, .DEFAULT and S-1-5-18

Does someone know what is (or was) the point to have the HKCU/.DEFAULT alias for HKCU/S-1-5-18 (SYSTEM) in the Windows registry? Is it a legacy thing?
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how to install deepfreeze after force defreeze

i installed deepfreeze on windows 10 pro. i promptly forgot the password. prehaps i should have done something else. out of desparation is booted into the bios and set to clock to three months from ...
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Make an Image Full Screen

I have a bunch of TVs that are used for digital signage powered by intel nucs running windows 10. I am currently using a Visual Basic Script that works okay but was wondering if there is a better way ...
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Add menu item to windows context menu only for directory than contain specific child directory

Similar to https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2123762/add-menu-item-to-windows-context-menu-only-for-specific-filetype Is is possible to add menu item to windows context menu only for directory than ...
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Change default open/save dialog window folder FROM My Computer TO My Documents

How do I change the open/save file dialog window to use the My Documents ("User Files") by default on the left panel instead of adding an alias (that I've removed!) under My Computer? I already have ...
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Is there any way to view dates of changes to Windows registry keys/values?

Is there any sort of date tracking that is done or viewable in the Windows registry, such as seeing the date when X key was created, or Y key was modified, similar to how file systems track? I'm ...
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Is it possible to back-up Windows 10 context menus that currently display or have been modified?

Is it possible to export or do a backup of Windows (10) right-click context menus across Windows Explorer? E.g., menus when right-clicking a file, folder, empty space in a folder, etc. I'll be doing ...
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Windows 10 Home resets some registry settings on reboot

For firewall purposes I made a copy of svchost.exe called mysvchost.exe and made some services run on mysvchost.exe by editing their ImagePath in the registry (under HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\...
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Loads of “NAME NOT FOUND” results in Windows Process Monitor (procmon)

A few days ago, something happened to my laptop (running Windows 10); it took long minutes for common applications (Browser, VLC, etc.) to load. As much as I investigated, I couldn't find the cause. ...
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Can you create Program Files x86 by yourself?

I attached a second SSD and was wondering if creating a Program File (x86) folder “by hand” or manually and following the exact formatting the same as it being created by a program automatically. I ...
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Remap “Get Help” fn (F1 key) to open specific app

The fn "?" (icon on the F1 key) on my laptop is useless to me, and I keep accidentally pressing it. So I want to remap it, not just disable it like here: https://www.winhelponline.com/blog/disable-f1-...
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HIGHDPIAWARE for all apps in Windows 10?

I'm using Windows 10 and currently, I specifically set for each app, the HIGHDPIAWARE (high-DPI scaling) attribute in registry key which is found in : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\...
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How can a program be added to Control Panel without using CLSID + NameSpace?

Most program shown in Control Panel are appointed a CLSID which is present in registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace After I ...
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Reset printing to default on Windows 10

Due to an issue we are experiencing with Windows 10 and printing, whereby a computer GPO does not apply group policy deployed printers every time, I would like to investigate resetting the printing ...
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Disable playback/recording device programmatically (cmd, c#) Windows

I am trying to disable the microphone from cmd or c#. I tried to use devcon.exe, but it disables the device in Device Manager but not in the sound properties. I tried to write to the registry: reg ...
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Language bar missing for only one language

I have two languages in the system: Japanese and Russian. Japanese does not displays in the old language bar, Russian does not displays on the default Language taskbar indicator. sfc /scannow was ...
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Is it possible to lock/force explorer's window width and height?

I am an admittedly particular power user and one thing that bothers me about Windows is that when certain games or programs are run they screw up my preferred window size for the file explorer. This ...
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Messed up Windows 10 User Folder Registry

I was trying to, and successfully did, change the "Personal Folder" that some applications store their data in from My Documents to my User Folder. I don't like the clutter that it introduces to the ...
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Where is the order of pinned jump list items stored?

In Windows, when right clicking on an item in the taskbar, the jump list (recent files and pinned files) appears. Where is the order of pinned jump list items stored? (Pinned jump list items are not ...
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I accidentally imported my old registry backup

I accidentally imported my old registry backup during a cleanup process. Is there any way to undo that?
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Where does Windows 10 (1703+) store the Desktop icon positions?

Does somebody know where recent versions of Windows 10 store their Desktop icon positions? I already found this question: Where does Windows store icon positions? - however this only works for older ...
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Windows Notepad, how can I disable saved find-and-replace values?

In Windows' Notepad, when I use the find-and-replace feature, it saves the values I used therein and displays them next time I use the feature. I don't want it do. How can I disable this? I can see ...
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Is it possible to run a Win10 registry fix app against a registry on another disk?

it looks like my registry got fried on my Windows10 Home PC as the as the server will not boot even to Safe Mode, the options in WinRE to restore/rebuild fail as well. I have another disk which I ...
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Is there a way to make sure a registry remain the same after editing it even when I shutdown, sign out or reboot

I am busy with a project in a live environment. I edit the registry, merge the updated file. All works well up until this point, but when I shut down or sign out the files revert to normal, I am not ...
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How to change Remote Desktop's port number using a .bat file?

I tried reg add but it keeps saying invalid syntax. Does anyone know how to edit the registry using .bat files?
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disable Windows 10 random wallpaper (not activated OS)

there is a problem on one pc with not activated Windows 10. It automatically randomly changes wallpaper. If I go to personalize settings I can see it says wallpaper: presentation, album: Madagaskar. ...
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Open Excel files in a new instance

How can I open an Excel file directly from the explorer in a new instance? The registry key disableMergeInstance has already been added but this doesn't have an effect on opening files from the ...
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How to change Colors in Windows Explorer?

I recently installed DevStyle in Eclipse and fell in love with the Light Red Theme. I planned to color my entire Windows with this color scheme. Since Windows 10 doesn't offer a whole lot in terms ...
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Is there a way to require a password for access to Registry Editor (regedit)?

To protect against BadUSB key stroke injection attacks, it seems logical to require a password to access a command line with admin privileges. This can be done by modifying the "Value Data" of the ...
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Outlook 2010 / 2016 - Disable Reply All Button via GPO

I used Group Policy to disable the Reply to All button in Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2016. I did this by using the setting in the ADM/ADMX templates for the respective versions of Office to disable a ...
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Custom Highlight Color Gets Reset After Screen Lock In Windows 10 1903 and Above

The suggestions in this thread for changing the highlight color used to work great. Something seems to have changed along the way though. My custom highlight color is applied correctly upon initial ...
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Back up and Restore Share Permissions not working

Before migration I’m trying to save and restore shares on a Windows machine, but it seems not to be working at all. Both TechNet’s how to article How to Back Up and Restore NTFS and Share Permissions ...
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What settings automatically change permissions for registry keys?

I ran the following registry hack to change my default .pdf reader from Microsoft Edge to Acrobat Reader DC: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\...
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Disabling option to find printers by IP

On windows 10, we are looking for a way to remove/disable the "Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname" from the Add printer screen. Any clue if there's a GPO or registry entry that could do ...
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how to change the thumbnails' (icons) default size in windows 10?

In Windows 7 I used to set my preferred thumbnail size: Then I go in Folder options and make sure that the current style would apply to all folders of the same type: However, that no longer works. ...
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WSUS on Non-AD Enviroment

I have a work-group Environment and WSUS installed on windows server 2016. I edited the registery of clients as follows, but still I can't see my computer in WSUS Computers list. Windows Registry ...

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