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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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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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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Where does Windows store MSI files for uninstallation?

I'm trying to figure out how Windows (XP through 7) is handling installation and uninstallation of MSI files. I have come up in situations where Windows Installer is unable to uninstall because it's ...
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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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Automatically Setting Windows 10 Default Apps [duplicate]

I am working in an enterprise environment and am trying to find a solution where I can set the default apps in Windows 10 Automatically. We are in the middle of pushing a Windows 7 to Windows 10 ...
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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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How do I allow cross-signed kernel drivers in Windows 10 version 1607 with secure boot enabled?

Windows 10 Version 1607 (aka Anniversary Update) is now enforcing the tightened kernel driver certification which was already announced 2015 as a requirement for Windows 10. The new rule is that all ...
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Changing Visual Effects settings through command line

Is there a way to change/modify the Visual Effects settings via command line? For example, I want to control (enabling and disabling) on Animate windows while minimizing and maximizing option from ...
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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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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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Proper Registry Key Needed for Script to Disable/Enable Windows 10 Touch Screen

I know that: My Windows 10 Device manager has the "HID-compliant touch screen" hardware that I can set to "disabled" to turn off my touch screen. I can create a short script in notepad to edit the ...
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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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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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Denying an application rights to write to the Windows Registry

In Windows 7 or later, is there a way to deny a program rights to write anywhere in the registry? Please specify to which version of Windows your answer applies.
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How to restore the Path environment variable I deleted?

I accidentally deleted the Path environment variable by creating a new one with Path name. How can I restore my old Path environment variable?
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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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Is there a way to find out what kind of registry value was queried in Process Monitor?

NAME NOT FOUND is showing in the results-column of Process Monitor, so I was going to create the value myself. But I don't know if it's a Binary, String or, let's say, DWORD that's been tried to ...
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Process Monitor tracking registry events but doesn't show me the new values written in

I have Process Monitor showing me the events happening in my registry and what keys are being changed, but it doesn't show the changes themselves. In other words, I's like it to show (in addition to ...
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Using Process Monitor to track registry changes

It seems many people like using Process Monitor to see what changes are being made to the registry during a process. So I downloaded it. I want to see what changes are made in the registry by some ...
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Disable Windows Key Windows 10

The header says most of it. I'm trying to find a way to disable the windows key either through GPO, local policy, or an edit in registry, but Google has been less than helpful.
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How to repair .net framework registry

I had a huge malware issue and I solved it by running the Avira Rescue System on a bootable flashdrive which luckily removed the malware but now my .NET Framework is completely broken, the registry is ...
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Disable Cached Exchange Mode in GPO for Outlook 2016 with the option to enable it (not grayed out)

There seems to be no granular policy in the Office 2016 Admin template to disable Cached Exchange Mode while also having the option to select it on the client side if needed. Once the policy is ...
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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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Can't open USB drives, Windows 10, code 19

I am having a bizarre problem with my USB ports on my computer. They aren't working. I have 4 ports, and the only device that works in any of them is my mouse - an older Razer Death Adder 3.5G. If I ...
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Can you create a program files and program files x86 folder on a secondary drive? [duplicate]

Can you create the folders Program Files and Program Files (x86) on a secondary drive with a different drive letter? Will this work the same when you install programs to them? Is it safe to do? Will ...
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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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Changing Windows' perceived native resolution

Is there any way of changing Windows' perceived native resolution? The reason for asking, is that I would like to use 1440x900 resolution on my retina macbook (2880x1800 native), in order to achieve ...
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How can I create a new system folder to show up in “This PC” in Windows 8.1 without additional tools?

How can I create a new system folder so it shows up in This PC in Windows 8.1? I have been trying many different approaches to try to accomplish this and have had no success as of yet. My goal is ...
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EXPLORER.EXE doesn't Autorun upon startup or CMD doesn't work

Upon windows startup, I only see a CMD window where I have to run explorer.exe and from there everything goes "normal". I am pretty sure this has something to do with the AutoRun Registry which can ...
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Adding Powershell command to right click menu both on and in a folder

There are some solution online but most of them just add the command when you right click on the folder. I've find a solution (which work both) for Run As Administrator here. But it works just for ...
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Which registry key is modified by Security Policy SeDebugPrivilege?

I'm trying to find the registry key(s) that are modified by the Security Policy "Debug Programs" - aka SeDebugPrivilege in Windows 8. I remember once seeing a web page that would identify each ...
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Block a registry key to prevent rewriting or deleting accidentally or intentionally using the command line

I see the post in superuser and I have a similar case, but with a small difference. I created a reg key. "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\wscript.exe" ...
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How to insert registry entries from a .reg file into 32-bit registry on 64-bit Windows

In 64-bit Windows (Vista/7), there's HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node where all the 32-bit registry stuff is. If I have a .reg file with some keys in it, how can I tell regedit to import it into the 32-bit ...
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Rename OneDrive for Business folder in Explorer

After installing Office 365, I have a new special folder in Explorer called "OneDrive - Company Name LLC". I found a registry key at Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\...
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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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How to find NTLM hash from SAM Registry

I have been given a forensics challenge that contains a SYSTEM and SAM registry files as well as a wordlist. When using hivexsh (a registry analysis tool) I need to find the password (which I belive ...
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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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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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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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How can I restore “Open With” context menu item in Windows 7?

I tried various way to fix this problem but ended up with a dead end. My problem would be the missing "Open With" context menu items (or subitems?). It did not appear even though I hovered it for a ...
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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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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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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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Setting/Registry key for each setting in Privacy tab 'cookies' slider?

I want to know which keys control the setting for the Privacy tab slider for cookies (in Internet Options). I have the following official document, which outlines the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\...
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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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Can I reset a Windows 10 account picture to its default, transparent state?

I tried resetting it by simply selecting one of the default user profile pictures, but that doesn't return it to its much nicer looking transparent state. I've deleted all the previous account ...