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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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How to allow the Guest user account to modify HKEY_CURRENT_USER in Windows XP?

As of Windows Vista, the Guest user account can add new registry keys under HKEY_CURRENT_USER. On Windows XP, however, it's not possible. You get the error "Access denied". Is there any permission, ...
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I want to replace the default Windows 10 calculator with CalcTape.exe in the registry. How?

I want to replace the default Windows 10 calculator with CalcTape.exe in the registry. How and where would I find this in the Windows 10 registry editor? :-)
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MS Office 2016 GPO - Registry alternatives/equivalents

Where can I find complete list of registry values applicable to MS Office 2016 through regedit? We use Office 2016 non-VL, and cannot apply GPO for Office 2016. List of registry values would be ...
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How can I save Protected EAP credentials to the registry for a WiFi profile?

This question here mentions how one can retrieve the Protected EAP credentials from the registry for a wlan profile. Is it possible for me to save the PEAP credentials to this reg key in a similar ...
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Removed wrong registry.How to recover it. 4D36E966-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318

I tried to remove upperfilters of 4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318 but I have removed upperfilters of 4D36E966-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318 now I cannot start my computer and I have tried ...
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Cannot set MS Office 2013 as default even with editing registry

I have been struggling trying to set MS Office 2013 as default instead of 2007 ones. My work requires to have both of them in my PC so I cannot avoid having 2007 which I hate so much on my station. ...
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How can I set CPU affinity for a device driver in Windows 10

I search about set Custom core for driver I found Interrupt Affinity Policy Tool but it does not work for the driver I want the driver is WDF01000.sys its cause high ISR so I want to avoid him ...
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Uninstall a single SQL server Instance through the registry

I'm running SQL Server 2014 and have 50 separate instances running. This is the max limit of number of instances for this version and I obviously need to uninstall some instances and clean up. ...
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Is there a registry hack to set virtual display resolution in Windows 10 1803?

I'm running Windows 10 1803 on a laptop, attached to a desktop display. Laptop's display resolution is same as the attached display, 1920x1080 pixel (namely "Full HD"). However, the screen sizes ...
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How to set many IRQ to lowest priorty

I see in msinfo32.exe that I have a ACPI-compliant system. For IRQs 54 to 511, I want to set them all to the lowest priority. by using registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\...
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Can I (programmatically) freeze Windows 10 scaling factor to 100% with Win8DpiScaling=1

By the Windows 10 settings option: start->system->display I can adjust scaling for each attached display to the lowest scaling factor "100%" and a highest resolution of FullHD (1080p), using two ...
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How does Windows 10 guess physical dimensions of a 1080p display?

I'm running Windows 10 1803 on a laptop, attached to a desktop display. Laptop's display resolution is same as the attached display, 1920x1080 pixel (namely "Full HD"). However the screen sizes ...
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How to run a poweshell script from the context menu (on audio file)?

I did try this test.reg Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SystemFileAssociations\audio\shell\ChunkAudio]@="chunk audio (5 min)""Icon"="%SystemRoot%\\System32\\...
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Registry auditing for disconnected users

What I would like to get is Windows events for registry changes. Now, I found this manual where in one of the steps of setting the events, the audit configuration of the registry key must be edited (...
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Delete Registry key denied

I would like to create a .cmd file to delete a specific key within registry key 'Run' I tried to run this codeline but it doesn't work REG DELETE HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\...
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Context Menu Shell Command: “Application not found”

I've written a context menu shell command to open my WSL distro, Ubuntu 18.04, in the working directory. It works on my desktop, but trying it on my tablet yields the error "Application not found" ...
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How to replace the Desktop background image with a solid color, using PowerShell and registry?

I would like to replace the default Desktop background image with a darker solid color, on an unregistered Windows 10 Pro (Insider Preview) edition. I am testing various terminal coloring schemes, and ...
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How to disable shift key on startup in xp?

as you know, in windows xp, there is a hidden option to temporarily stop running startup programs, you can easily hold down the shift key is there a way to disable this option? i have searched the ...
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How to Allow Mapping of drive to internet location

1.I wish to map a drive letter(let's say J:) to an internet share site(lets say https://site.sharesite.com), which is the sharesite used by head office. We have a program which transfers files across ...
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How to remove “folders” links from Open and Save as dialogues?

I used the instructions found in this answer. I've successfully removed the Desktop link but the others are still there:
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Windows 10 update 1803 apparently revoked `net stop` and `sc config` access

Scenario: Bandwidth on my network is scarce, so I've had a batch script linked on my desktop to terminate greedy services, Windows Update and Delivery Optimization being the worst and most frequent ...
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(W10) Can not get windows to accept my new default “open with” application, even though it does register and suggest it on double click [duplicate]

I have a java application which gave me a .jar file. Using "Launch4j" I have managed to produce a functioning .exe file. This file can be double clicked and will work. Good! Now I have my own file ...
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Windows: Open 3rd-party terminal via Explorer address bar in the current location?

I've been wondering about this simple question for quite some time. I know it can be done but I haven't succeeded in my Registry search. (I have Git for Windows installed and it's integrated just like ...
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Is there an autoexit for cmd.exe like there is an autorun?

In windows when you create a value autorun in registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor and set it to, say, echo Hello from autorun, invoking cmd.exe will, on invocation, ...
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default programs for certain file extensions

I am having trouble while editing the registry to get a file type to open with a default text editing program. I have edited the registry following this post: https://superuser.com/a/1369178/972419. ...
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Default Registry Values for Startup in Windows 10

I followed the guide here to try resolve a problem with some shortcuts not working on startup, but forgot to create a backup of those registry keys, and now want to revert the change. Is there a way ...
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On Windows, why java -version return Error: opening registry key 'Software\JavaSoft\Java Runtime Environment'?

I've removed all ancient java 8 install on my computer. I've downloaded latest openjdk 11 from https://jdk.java.net/11/ and extracted the content to C:\Program Files\Java\ I've setup system ...
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Add Trusted Site (Local FileServer via IP) to Internet Options via Registry

I usually add my fileserver to my internet options, trusted site (via IP) and click "Automatically detect intranet". But i've been customizing an ISO and found a way to keep registry edits. How can I ...
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Windows 7 DVD boot - Registry change not saved

I am trying this out in Windows 7 Virtual Machine Windows 7 64 is already installed in VM Boot the PC using Windows 7 DVD Go to Repair Your Computer - Command Prompt - Windows directory on the drive ...
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How to view hex contents in a registry file without importing it

I have a registry file which I exported, and I need to retrieve the PATH from it, but I do not want to import it. When I open it via any text editor, PATH is in hex format, so unable to read it. Is ...
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MS Office 2016 file operation screens: setting the width of the leftmost column (that keeps a list of recent files)

At my workplace I am forced to use MS Office 2016. With this - as compared to Office 2010 - comes the following problem: Word 2016 (and the other Office 2016 applications) looks in various ...
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Failed installation of 7zip caused File Extension folders to disappear in Registry

When I tried installing 7zip, an issue occurred that removed a few extensions, most notably .7z and .rar. I'm not really sure what caused the error to begin with. Due to that error I can no longer ...
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What does `@` represent when dealing with Windows registry keys?

What does @ represent when dealing with Windows registry keys? Examples:
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Synaptics regedit for double tap and hold for dragging and hilighting text

Windows Update updated my drivers and there was a setting in regedit to delete preferences on update (it is the default options and quite ridiculous) I have reverted the driver and recovered all of my ...
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Anyway to set DefaultSecureProtocols for WinHTTP registry key without rebooting the system?

This is about instructions to Windows update KB3140245 on Windows machines. Microsoft released an update (a very long time ago) that "allows users to change system-wide default protocols for WinHTTP ...
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How can I create a new .reg file from the CLI

I'd like to create a new .reg file and add it to the registry, as suggested in this article. REGEDIT4 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\Autorun.inf] @="...
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Opening a text file with Excel 16 instead of Notepad

I have an accounting software program that produces all files as .txt files. Before upgrading to Excel 16, I was able to choose Excel as the program to open those files. With Excel 16, I have not ...
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i want to change registry key but it back to default value after restart [closed]

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USB\VID_04D9&PID_AD50&MI_00\7&1423bb6d&0&0000 key is " Capabilities " so i want to change the value but after restart ...
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NoDriveTypeAutorun registry key missing from Windows 10

I want to add a few lines to a script with the capacity to enable/disable the Autorun feature. It's not a new concept. It's been covered countless times before, including here on StackExchange, and ...
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How do I reorder the items in Explorer's New menu in Windows 10?

How do I move an item above the separator line in the New submenu of Windows 10's right-click context menu? Is there anything in the Registry that needs to be set?
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Edit Context Menu Entry for .VBS and .ICO files

If I want to change the "Edit" context menu entries of certain file extensions to open them with certain programs, I typically just have to find the corresponding registry key, go to the "Shell/Edit/...
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Can't change default program for most extensions (Windows 10)

I can't seem to change the default program used to open most file extensions. It's pretty weird. I can edit the default program for .json files and .pdf files, I have found so far. But for .rar files,...
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How can I update the registry values every time Windows starts?

There's this annoyance in windows where applications are constantly stealing your focus. I find it very very annoying because I need to work on parallel tasks. However, I found some registry values ...
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Win 10 registry: Audiosrv “FailureActions” binary entry missing

Two days ago Microsoft updated my PC, but did not complete. It auto restarted the system, and result: I have no audio. I have the DLL files on system32. In Services "Windows Audio" is present and is ...
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Autoruns: Showing bogus dates in 'TimeStamp' column

My copy of Autoruns is showing some very strange dates in the Timestamp column. Dates as far back as 1915, with some in 1947 and several showing 2/24/1929. Could anyone explain what they think the ...
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Cannot change registry permission

I cannot change permissions in the registry even from an Administrator account. Can anybody tell me how I can do this? See below all is grayed out.
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Moving Microsoft software registration information to another PC [closed]

I am working a contract job for a business that was just bought out by an out-of-state company, and nearly all the IT infrastructure is being replaced. The PC's are going from Windows 10 to a ...
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What's the correct way to remove broken uninstall in Windows? [duplicate]

I'm using Windows 10 Home 64-bit. I have a program that was manually deleted from the “Program Files” folder, but it still shows it in the “Programs and Features” list, and when I click uninstall it ...
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What is the purpose of DelegateExecute registry value

When reading through the registry shell/open keys, for instance: HKCU\Software\Classes\ms-settings\shell\open HKCU\Software\Classes\http\shell\open I see the Default key which corresponds to the ...
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Edit Common Item Dialog for Open and Save?

I am looking for a way to edit the registry so that when opening or saving a file in any program the 'Comments' column is shown by default. I can manually do them for each program but I would like a ...