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 Terminal WSL2 profile shortcut not highlighted in taskbar when opened

I have a shortcut for a WSL2 profile in Windows Terminal (Windows 10) pinned to the taskbar. The command is of the form wt.exe -p "Fedora 36" where the profile executes the command wsl.exe ~ ...
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Total number of registry hives?

If I have 2 users. Then will the total registry files be 4 (system hives) + 2 (one user hive for each). Total 6 hives right?
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Unable to uninstall a font in Windows 10 - SOLVED (ish)

UPDATE: When I went back to get screenshots, without me doing anything, the font, along with two others I was trying to track origins for, had disappeared. I do not know for sure, but right now I'm ...
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PowerShell / Registry, change to Best Performance, and activate the change

The following is listed on various sites to switch to Best Performance mode (under This Computer Properties > Advanced system settings > Performance). On running this nothing happens. I can see ...
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How to force Windows to rerun the user profile setup/upgrade procedure manually?

I was running Windows 11, but I guess this applies to Windows 10 as well. I had a semi-broken user-profile on Windows 11 (start menu not opening, the whole taskbar reverted to the Win10 variant ...
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PowerShell, how to disable Xbox Game Bar?

I really need to disable the Xbox Game Bar with PowerShell. There are many articles on how to delete/uninstall the Xbox Game Bar but that does not work for me as I need this inside Windows Sandbox (...
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System folders (Downloads, etc.) with blank names

For some reason I have duplicates of my "Downloads", "Documents" and other system folders in "This PC" that have blank names and are inusable. Clicking on them does ...
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Can't Turn Off Core Isolation/Memory Integrity

I have a domain based computer that when reputation based security was turned it it enabled the Core Isolation/Memory Isolation turned on and there issue with Memory Isolation and drivers prevented ...
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Disable Outlook "Top Results" / "show most relevant search results on top" via PowerShell / Registry / Group Policy

I am unable to find a way to disable the Microsoft Outlook search option "show most relevant search results on top" via a systematic / automated approach so that I can deploy this to all of ...
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Trouble with registry key updating/uninstalling iTunes

I am trying to update iTunes and the updater fails. So I then decided to manually download the installer, however it then throws an error saying it could not open the registry key HKLM\Software\...
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Windows Event to signal removed network adapters

I am looking for a way to programmatically recognize when a network adapter under windows is removed. In particular, I want to get noticed when a network adapter disappears from Control Panel\Network ...
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Enviroment variable doesn't change in CMD and programs [duplicate]

I changed enviroment variable in Windows (user variable as well as system variable, to eliminate overwriting etc). I did it from "Edit the system enviroment variables" and from Registry ...
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I'm Using disk2vhd and virtualbox. How do I disable Windows XP IDE checks so that it starts up without an IDE related BSOD?

I am setting up a virtual machine to host a Windows XP environment with specific legacy software to replace a customer's broken Dell MTC2 desktop. I used Disk2vhd to generate a VHD from the customer's ...
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how to map combination keys Fn+Fx to other keys in win10 without any 3rd-party application

I tried to map the total twelve Fn+Fx combination keys on my A4Tech kv-300 USB keyboard, like Fn+F12, to other keys, like enter key, in win10 according to Microsoft's doc but failed, although other ...
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its possible, and how if yes, create exceptions for ValidateAdminCodeSignatures registry value enabled?

modifying the ValidateAdminCodeSignatures value contained in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System Windows enforce PKI signature checks on any interactive ...
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setting Adobe Acrobat as the default with registry

Just looking for registry entries that I can set Adobe Reader as the default and to change from Edge. I was hoping not to create an XML script and create a new GPO. Just figured that the registry ...
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How to disable editing registry by standard user in Win 7

In the past a standard user in my Win 7 was not able to edit such registry key as HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules. But now I see that it's ...
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Default windows hidden files systems

During my learning of how named pipes works inside Windows, I've found this explanation : Every pipe is placed in the root directory of the named pipe filesystem (NPFS), mounted under the special ...
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reg add with REG_NONE data type

how to use reg add to achieve the same result as importing this .reg file (REG_NONE data type) Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SECURITY\Policy\Accounts\S-1-5-21-1708777891-...
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Can't Remove Bluetooth Device despite no entry in registry

I have a machine running windows 10. I am trying to remove a bluetooth device and reconnect it. At the start, when I tried to remove the device through the windows' settings I got the message that &...
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Windows 10 resisting configuration to delete pagefile on shutdown

Why would Windows 10 resist its configuration to delete its pagefile on shutdown? The configuration is: Windows 10 guest on an Ubuntu 22.04 host running VMware Workstation Player 16.2.4. The Windows ...
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Change Outlook calendar default option when editing meeting requests

I use Outlook form Office 365 to manage meetings with other people. Sometimes, after a meeting is set on our Outlook calendars, I want to edit notes associated with the meeting — but I don't want the ...
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Registry key "protocols" empty

Im checking a windows 2019 server and the key "protocols" is empty Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols On my Windows 10 also is ...
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How to run python script on windows startup by setting registry key?

I need to run python with script on windows startup ,I set it in a registry , I was using Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\...
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Why are some paths followed by a ",0" (a comma and a zero) on Windows?

Sometimes in Windows I come across some paths, between some quotes or not, that are followed by a ,0 (basically a comma and a number). It's not necessary 0 it could be 1, 3, 5 or any other number but ...
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How can I create a command on Win10 to open the "Folder and Search Options" window on the second tab?

Background I'm big on customizing my context menus, and I have edited the registry to include a context menu item that appears when you right click the background of a directory. The context menu is ...
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How to prevent the installation of extensions in Chromium browsers (Vivaldi)

I want to prevent the installation of any extension on all my browsers. Chrome was easy enough I found out how to do it using regedit going to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > WOW6432Node > ...
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Custom Windows right-click command doesn't execute batch file as expected

I'm trying to create a custom right-click command which will move a file to a folder. I have a batch file called C:MyMove.bat with the following code: @echo off cls move %1 "C:/My folder/" ...
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Windows template for changing name of moved file (when same already exists)

I have 2 folders: from folder and to folder. In each of these, I have a file named TEST.txt. When I move TEST.txt from from folder to to folder — surely, this message appears: In my case, I want ...
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Registry key value not saved in Windows Server 2012 R2

I need to change the value of the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WcmSvc\GroupPolicy on a Windows Server 2012 R2 instance but whenever I change the value from 1 ...
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How can I set the value for each default key in different subdirectories of regedit?

Here is a screenshot what I'm working with: screenshot of regedit directory I wanna run a script that will set every default key in each subdirectory named mplayerc64.*\shell to "enqueue" (...
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When log into standard account of PC run VBS that requires admin privs

I need when I log into Windows account of standard user, VBS file should be run automatically. I know I can create a new string value in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ...
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Where can I find this startup entry

I am on Windows 10. After I re-organised my drives and folders, I get this error on startup. I get it the first time I logon after booting up. E:\Development\Toolbar is unavailable. If the location ...
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Is it safe to change registry names from VBOX to something else in Virtualbox?

I'm trying to make a stealthy Windows 7 VM on an Ubuntu host but in the registry there are many keys and values which have "VBOX" written (see screenshot attached). Therefore, is it safe if ...
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How to properly find java home folder with batch?

I'm trying to find the currently installed version and home folder of java JDK. I am trying this code, but I cannot figure out the proper "combination" of delims, tokens such that it ignores ...
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Using reg.exe in a script with folder containing spaces

At my company we have a tool basically letting an user to choose on which site to log to, tool that will then deploy the correct registry files containing the settings about the site the user chose. ...
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Key "ProxyOverride" in Windows registry - is it limited to 256 characters?

In general, is there such a thing that Windows registry keys with string-values should be no more than 256 characters long? In particular, I wonder if the string-value below should be subject to such ...
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How to make persistent changes (survive after reboot) in the Windows registry?

I have a Windows 7 VM and I'm trying to modify the keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\SystemInformation since I want to change the data in both SystemProductName and BIOSVersion ...
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Winows 10 taskbar preivew disappear

My goal is really quite simple. I want to make it such that there is no delay between my mouse moving away from the window preview (from the taskbar) and that preview disappearing. Somehow, in the ...
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What do InProcServer32 Keys and ThreadingModel Strings in Registry Editor do?

What do Windows Registry Editor "InProcServer32" Keys and "ThreadingModel" Strings do? Newbie explanation please. I want to add custom shell folders to ThisPC. I am using existing ...
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Create a registry key and have it add the time/date/year of the computer?

I want to add a registry key: "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Note****pany\Components" /v OOBE_Version /t REG_SZ /d "01 Jun 22 12:00" /f This is what I have now but I have to manually change ...
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How to hide 'Extensions' from the Extensions' icon/toolbar in Google Chrome?

CURRENT CHROME VERSION: Version 103.0.5060.114 (Official Build) (64-bit) Google recently has added the new Zigsaw Puzzle in the toolbar icon on the top right hand side of the Google Chrome. ...
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Depth of registry tree

When it comes to Windows registry, it can get max. 512 levels deep, right? But the key-name itself can only be max. 255 characters long, right? Each new level of depth adds one backslash character to ...
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Registry change to set windows 10 desktop icons sort by type

Im looking for a way to change the sort style of windows 10 to by item type in the registry. Found a lot of right click solutions but having to setup dozens of computers it would be a nightmare. What ...
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Cannot edit registry Windows 11

I always disable Windows defender on my machines via the registry editor, but this time I have run into a problem: first of all, I happen to have a Home version of Windows 11, so I had to install the ...
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RunOnce key which starts elevated .ps1 file

so for few days I'm working on the automation script in powershell which starts elevated -> changes pc name -> creates the RunOnce reg file with this line as Value (program changes it ...
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How can I disable photo results from showing in the Windows start menu search, without disabeling indexing of photo's?

In Windows 10, when you open the start menu and start typing it initiates a search. I use this often as it is useful to quickly find some program. It also shows photo's if those partially match your ...
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How to add a custom reason to shutdown event tracker

Platform: windows10 What I want to do is just as this pic below(I reused and edited it from here): expected result I tried this but it doesn't behave as I expected(maybe I did wrong?). Any suggestion?
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Change default folder icon CUSTOM_USER only

I use Windows 7; solution applicable to other versions of Windows might be relevant. I am looking for a way to change some of DEFAULT icons (system drive, other hard drives, removable drives, folders ...
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Create a custom KSP in Windows 10

The setup: Certificates are stored on a server/HSM and domain users have a certificate for digital signatures. I want to configure Windows to request password and OTP whenever the user tries to use a ...
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