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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 ...

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How to stop this mouse focus action? It keeps reinstalling its action after I stop it

I cannot remember when I activated the mouse action that whenever my mouse hovers over a window, the window becomes my main focus. Last week I googled the cause and removal and it can be removed by ...
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open file by MPC-HC throw context-menu

I made coustom Context-menu ( using some totrial ) by registry and it work good. after i reinstall windows MPC-HC doesn't want to open anything, giving me this error This file does not have a ...
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How to reset user permissions on system files and registry keys to the state when Windows was installed?

I currently have Windows 10 Pro version 1803 (build 17134.254) installed. Thing is, I did some stuff to user permissions on some files and registry keys and I believe I might have also affected some ...
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Windows 10 Password Protected Sharing

Does anyone know of a registry edit or a command that will disable password protected sharing?
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Compare registry with .reg files

I have recently merged multiple .reg files into a single .reg file but I would like to compare on another machine if these entries already exist before doing an import. Is this at all possible? I ...
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start menu is broken

fresh install of windows 10 x64 pro. i was installing various video card and mother board drivers and all of a sudden after a reboot windows start menu is broken. one thing i had done was this https:/...
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Very high cpu usage from explorer.exe

I'm using Windows 10.0.17134.228. Recently my explorer.exe started spiking CPU usage up to 100%. Restarting the process seems to temporarily fix the problem. I've scanned my pc with MBAM and Windows ...
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Windows 10 - What is causing User Profile Service service failed the logon error? [migrated]

Domain environment My environment is seeing a spike in an issue where users cannot log into their profiles, while being met with error: "The User Profile service failed the logon. User profile cannot ...
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Is changing the default installation directories via the registry editor safe?

I have recently purchased a small notebook (Trekstor Primebook), with only 32 GB of space on the C:\ drive. Attached, is an M.2 SSD with ~256 GB of storage that I would like to use as the default ...
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Default folder command not working

I recently tried some alternative file manager (qdir and others) and finally uninstalled all of them... but it seems to have broken something in registry. I have error messages when trying to open a ...
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How to get the data of a registry value in batch

I'm trying to get the value of Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\everyoneincludeanonymous. I've tried using Reg Query but no matter what I type it says "INVALID KEY NAME"...
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Checking if a value name for a key is present on the windows registry through batch file

I need help for verifying if the value for a key exist or not. I don't know how to check if my specified value name exist or not in my specified Key path. I have this: reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\....." ...
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Changing the default sort order in This PC window (File Explorer, Win10)

I'm not sure how I managed to do this, but recently, every time I open "This PC" the drives are sorted in descending order. I can change the sort order, but it is not retained. I have tried many ...
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Disable Windows web-results in start [duplicate]

When you press the windows key, type Chrome, but spell it wrong, IT OPENS EDGE! I had an option configured, that Cortana was completely disabled and I wouldn't get web-results either, after updating ...
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Logon script for Citrix Xendesktop to create shared folder based on IP address

This is a bit over my head, but I've been tasked with writing a script to create a shared folder per login, based on the third IP address octet of the client device, ( thin client terminal). It's ...
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Corrupt RegBack file on Windows 7

I searched on this site how to repair a Windows 7 boot that is reporting a "Corrupt Registry". Most accepted answers suggest to backup the the files in C:\Windows\System32\config and C:\Windows\...
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changes to the LGPO thru gpedit.msc on domain connected machines do not apply after restarts and gpupdate /force

FYI I am very new to the world of system administration. However I have been able to find answers to nearly every question that has come across my desk - till now. We have LGPO policy's set manually ...
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Does changing an application's target directory after installation also require changing registry keys

We have an application based on CTI, in which we have changed some DLL files and kept the application target directory (the changed one) in D:. However, the old application installation directory is ...
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Accidentally imported old regedit - will system restore revert regedit changes? [duplicate]

Today, I did a clean reinstall of Windows and accidentally opened up one of the registry backups from years past on an external drive and imported it. There happens to be a restore point from ...
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Windows Custom sounds events

Hello so heres what Im trying to do, Im trying to replace all of the built in windows sounds with sounds from Legend of Zelda. I want to add sounds for when you press the CTRL+WIN+Right/LeftArrows to ...
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How can I add additional fonts to the Windows console?

I found a guide online stating that you need to edit the registry in order to add new fonts to the list of available fonts in Command Prompt: specifically, you have to edit the key: ...
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Adding a variable into a registry key

I need to create a registry key based on a users UPN name. I have set the environment variable, but the reg add command below does not work. SET UPN=whoami /upn reg add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\...
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Win10 NET TIME without elavating admin

We have an issue on our machines after upgrading to WinIoT with time syncing between PCs. It used to work on WES7 without having to elavate to admin ,but as of WinIoT it is required. The following ...
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Exporting keys in .reg file using Powershell

I need to change several key values in Windows 7 registry, to add a parameter to a command launching VLC. Fortunately all keys are children of keys starting with VLC.: The command for Open and ...
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Disabling Camera via Regedit

I'm attempting to just disable a few features for laptops in my company. I managed to disable the microphone but I can't find the right reg setting to shut off the camera. I have Windows 10 build ...
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Extending the retention duration (history) of “Recent Files”

With Super User's help, I've regained my shortcut to "Recent Files". However, the files listed only go back about a month, whereas in Windows 7 it was many months. Is there a Registry entry for ...
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How do I combine multiple java (OpenJDK) buttons into a pile on the taskbar?

I found this answer for Oracle's Java runtime. But I am running ojdkbuild (OpenJDK) which doesn't seem to create the same registry entries. I have done a search for "isHostApp" & "java.exe" ...
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Should I disable network access to Windows registry?

Avast Antivirus (the free version) lists, as a "health problem," that my "registry may be visible to others," and recommends that I "disable network access to Windows registry to help prevent snooping....
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Changing Registry Settings with Ansible Windows 10

I've been trying to disable a microphone via automation for a few days now. I'm using Ansible and attempting to change the registry setting. It's a simple thing changing from 10000000 to 10000001 or ...
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How to backup a local Windows 10 user profile and restore it in Windows 10?

Similar to the question How to backup a user profile and restore it in Windows 7? but for Windows 10: How can I backup a local Windows 10 user profile (including the user files) and restore it on ...
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Can CCLeaner (and similar programs) actually fix stuff?

THe way I get it, CCLeaner works by removing "dangling" registry entries. Its authors claim that this is supposed to improve the system's performance. However, I can see that CCleaner is widely ...
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Windows 10 - Changing the “Show the most used apps” to “On” through Registry/GPO

Enviroment: Windows 10 Enterprise 1803 I am aware that the "Show the most used apps" can be controlled through the "Start Settings" however i am interested in setting this through registry/GPO. My ...
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How can I restrict a program to call API functions that are related to the registry?

I use a program that behaves in a way I dont quite like. It can write to the registry even if it is run under a user which has no administrator priviliges. I dont believe there is enything else I can ...
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Is it possible to shut off the microphone and camera via regedit?

I'm attempting to shut down the microphone and camera on Windows 10. I'm trying to automate this process after loading the OS. I attempt to use Disable-PnpDevice in powershell but that does nothing. ...
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Is it possible to manually recreate user profiles [settings/etc] from a bricked system?

I had some issues where an Windows KB patch borked all of my MetroApps because of access permissions and in the process of fixing that (I managed to restore functionality to the start bar and search) ...
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How to create a registry hive file from a .reg backup

Long story short, I accidentally royally screwed up my HKLM\SYSTEM registry directory trying to fix WinApps permissions that were changed with a Windows security patch. As of right now, my system is ...
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Windows 10 - Can't remove 'Account unknown' permissions on HKLM

This is an offshoot of trying to fix UAC from re-enabling itself at logon after changing registry keys. I'm trying to remove all write permissions to the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\...
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Keyboard Shortcuts Within Context Menus (Windows 10)

So I just created a file on my desktop with a new extension, and this is what its context menu looks like: I can bring up the context menu with the menu key on my keyboard, and I can actually select ...
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Is this Registry “ShellNew” Key issue a known bug?

I ran into the following Registry issue. When I export a "ShellNew" key as a back up before I change sth., the values which are displayed in hex format in the *.reg file (NOT n Regedit, where they are ...
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How can I directly display an icon with a known dll ID?

Anyone knows how to directly display an icon in its "Registry" format? E.g. "%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,112", i.e. C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll,112, is typically the ID of an icon as it is ...
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How to fix “Deny Everyone” permissions in registry

So here's a spicy one for you guys... I changed permissions on a registry folder (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard) to "Deny Everyone". I had a good reason for doing it (long story) but it ...
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PowerShell Script Context Menu Entry to Run Script as Administrator Without Exiting

I'm really close on this one. Basically, I want to create a context menu entry for .ps1 files that run the script as administrator without exiting the console window after running. So I can create ...
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Windows 8.1 upgraded to Windows 10 - how to find the registry backup for CURRENT_USER

I upgraded Windows from 8.1 to 10. Because the option to keep installed apps wasn't working (it's an old work laptop with loads of apps), I picked the option without keeping apps and settings. Now, I ...
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editing local group policies with windows registry [duplicate]

I am trying to edit the local group policy by using windows registry. I noticed something odd : changing the register value does not affect the local group policy editor. Example : when I navigate in ...
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Check if registry contains data from .reg file

I have .reg file which was exported on another PC and contains some keys, values and data from different parts of registry. How to check if this keys, values and data are already present on my PC ? ...
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Can you please help me in deleting a registry folder?

I need to delete this folder {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} From the location HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\C urrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace So, anyone please help ...
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How do I modify an Expandable String Value in the registry with PowerShell or a batch file?

I would like to use a PowerShell or batch script to modify an existing expandable string value to another. Specifically, I want to change the default value at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\...
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Where does Google Drive store the “Plug in a camera” setting?

Where does Google Drive store the Plug in a camera or phone to back up files setting in the USB Devices & SD Cards preferences dialog? This dialog is accessible via the USB Devices & SD Cards ...
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Where is IP Address of my Ethernet settings stored in Registry

In a LAN, I configure my IP address as needed, but once in a while I move to a different subnet and need to update my IP address quickly so I am thinking of making a simple application to help me with ...
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Where is the registry location for the Settings > Devices > AutoPlay > “Removable Drive”

Where is the registry location, presumably under HKEY_CURRENT_USER, as the setting is user specific, for the Settings > Devices > AutoPlay > "Removable drive" option? The user has the option ...