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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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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Is there a way to read Windows registry through WQL? [closed]

I am looking for the way of reading Windows registry through WQL. I made this query but i can't find a way to go further: select * from win32_registry Caption CurrentSize Description ...
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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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Editing the Windows Registry to disable key combo Ctrl+Alt+Del

This is a problem for me as I do not know where to start. The specific problem is how do I disable the command key combo ctrl+alt+del for a single user profile in Windows, specifically Windows 10, and ...
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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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How to disable the Windows Consumer Experience in Windows 10 (1909)

In previous Windows-10-Versions it was possible to disable the Windows-Consumer-Experience via GPO. Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content --> "Turn ...
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Windows Registry transaction log - is it always used?

I've read here, here and elsewhere that Windows can use a transaction log when writing to the Windows Registry, and this can be used for forensics. I'm aware of RegNotifyChangeKeyValue and WMI, but I'...
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Reg Export Document Location Path

@echo on reg export "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\Personal" C:\%username%.reg pause I wrote this simple batch to just copy the reg of shell folders. The ...
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My Registry Editor doesn't show google in policies

I was trying to do a fix to get incognito mode back on chrome (I've been using Firefox but decided to see if I could go back to chrome), and was going to do the registry editor in order to activate it/...
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Open new window on top of last (not offsetting downward)

Whenever opening a new window in Windows (explorer or other apps), the new one opens at an offset, cascading all resulting windows downward. It happens with almost everything, whether it's a new ...
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Restore deleted registry entries without any backup

So, the whole whole problem originated when I noticed the Avira Antivir was constantly taking up more than 30 % CPU usage and I wanted to get rid of it. I deinstalled all avira-related programs but ...
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Determining the true location of HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT key

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT (HKCR) is a virtual key that contains references to other parts of the registry, primarily HKLM\Software\Classes & HKCU\Software\Classes (HKCU also being a virtual key to HKU{S-1-...
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Can't REG ADD DWORD value of /d 15

I'm trying to add a DWORD value to the registry. However, when I open the entry the value data is f and not the numeric value of 15. REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\GridLicensing" /...
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How to change photo screen saver slide show speed from registery or commandline in Windows 10?

In Windows 10 , How to change photo screen saver slide show speed from registery or through commandline in Windows 10 to "slow" speed ?
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What is wrong with these attempts at a batch file to export my Excel 2003 recent file list?

What is wrong with these attempts at a batch file to export my Excel 2003 recent file list? I keep getting either syntax errors or an error saying that the specified registry key cannot be found. ...
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Update Registry to client via GPO

I would like to update some values in Registry for a list of client PC. How should I do it in GPO in Windows Server 2016? I could see the Registry under the Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings ...
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Define a custom paper size as default for all users for Samsung printer

I want to define a custom paper size configuration for all users in several computers. When I try to do this with any predefined paper size (A4, A5, Letter, etc.), it works correctly, but it doesn't ...
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Restricting websites through Registry Editor applies in Internet Explorer, however site is not blocked

I've successfully created keys in this path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains I then added a DWORD named * with a value of 4. This adds ...
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Computer locks itself after 20 seconds

So a computer we have locks itself after 20 seconds unless you perform some action. It also locks itself if your in registry or windows task scheduler or services directly its like its not registering ...
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Virtualbox guest(winXP32bit) registry value reset on every boot

I have software installed on my guest system which won't run when it detects it is running on virtual os. I need to change the following registry entries in the guest. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/HARDWARE/...
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Windows 10 update deletes the registry Run command

A user of my app reports that the app's auto-start option stored in the Windows registry section HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run is removed each time a Windows 10 ...
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Cmd instantly closes

So my cmd instantly closes, I tried following this: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5373137/cmd-exe-closes-immediately-after-calling-win7-64 this kind of solves the problem but it introduces a new ...
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link a printer to a pseudo-printer usb device

I have a supposedly bricked HP LaserJet M276nw, likely through a failed firmware update, as I learned from HP's forums. I thought I would be clever and replace the mainboard (formatter board), which ...
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Where is the hidden metadata in the Windows registry, how to view it, how to edit it?

I'm going to spare you the gory details of my troubleshooting. I am digging in to more detail about why the problem and solution described here actually works: "The operating system is not presently ...
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Windows 10 Education- registry editor acces denied. Any way around this? I don't know the admin password

I followed a different question thread to get to registry editor-privacy-google-chrome-full control-deny. It says access denied. I know that the system administrator controls this, but is there any ...
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How to collapse all trees in registry editor?

While using regedit.exe, sometimes, it's relevant to collapse everything and start from a zero. How do you collapse everything and start over? Found some solution(s) using Visual Basic, but it's not ...
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How can I set my preferred game controller through the registry?

Windows allows a "preferred" device to be set as the primary controller. What registry key is responsible for this? I want to change it through a batch script rather than opening this dialog every ...
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Enable/disable WLAN without admin in Windows

I want to enable/disable WLAN connections using a batch script. The problem is, that I don't want to require admin privileges. It is possible to change this using the GUI: but I didn't find any way ...
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Change the working directory in registry shell open command

I need to register an application to a URI scheme and I want the application to run from different working directory, but I couldn't find a way to change the working directory directly in shell open ...
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What's the logic behind windows 10 taskbar highlight, and how to disable it?

i wonder whats the logic behind windows taskbar hightlight, dont know why some app has 'active color' while others not . since i didnt open that application in front of all application, and how to ...
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Favorites doesn't display anything in Explorer sidebar

On Windows 7 x64, I'm having an issue where the Favorites link in the sidebar fails to show any shortcuts, and the usually-cited fix of right-clicking on it and clicking either Restore favorite links ...
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Shortcut to activate/deactivate Outlook new mail notifications

As I'm syncing calendars from/to O365/GSuite, I use a tool called gSyncit which works perfectly fine and lets run Outlook in background mode to do the sync. Normally I want Outlook new mail ...
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How to convert/format files back to programs,and other stuff?

I dunno if this was asked (excuse me if yes), I did checked first 3 pages but nothing found so... I have SSD (C:) and HDD(D:).I hided files and programs, with program HIDE FILES(by vovsoft) which was ...
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Is it possible to add a Win10 Pro registry key to Home edition?

Specifically, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Internet Communication Management\Internet Communication. Apparently it's a Pro edition key used for editing a group policy, but can I add it to Home edition (...
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Windows 8.1 standalone updater hangs searching for updates on computer

There are some similar threads but I am quite certain this is not quite a duplicate of any of them. I have a machine at home with dual boot openSuse Linux and Windows 8.1. I don’t use Windows that ...
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How do i obtain certain registery keys or options in Windows to be able to use it in command-line script?

Recently i posted a question about disconnecting a screen from Windows and automating this task, but i got no really response how to achieve it.. (ref) Then it got me thinking, I must be an easy way ...
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Get hardware information from old HDD with Windows installed on it

Recently, I had store cleaning at my work and I found a quite old 40gb IBM HDD. I was wondering what hardware was installed with it, i.e what CPU, mobo, PCI/ISA cards. It has Windows XP installed on ...
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Registry setting for reverse two-finger scrolling Synaptics touchpad

So after updating the Synaptics touchpad driver for my HP Envy 13 I lost the Synaptics control panel. No idea why... The old driver isn't compatible with Windows build 1903, so downgrading isn't an ...
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How to fix 'Microsoft Access can't be started. Microsoft Access was unable to initialize the Windows Registry'?

I've encountered an issue with trying to use MS Access on Windows 10 Enterprise 1809 that happens whether I open Access itself or try to open an .accdb file. This is the first time I've tried to run ...
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Powershell: operation has been cancelled, after each shutdown/reboot

since the first time i tried to work with powershell, i faced this problem: this error i followed some steps to fix it, and it guided me to doing this: deleting this directory DisallowRun from the ...
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I've just deleted important registries by mistake - can I somehow fix it?

There was a game which was not working properly. I've found a fix online, but I've deleted the wrong dir. (yes, that was just dumb) I had to delete this: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > ...
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How to prevent Windows 10 taskbar from wrapping onto a new line?

When I have a lot of windows open I'd prefer the taskbar items to just get smaller and smaller indefinitely instead of eventually being wrapped onto a new line. Is it possible to make this happen in ...