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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Something Sets My Computers to Use WPAD Instead of AutoProxy

Something alters the proxy settings on PCs in my domain to use WPAD. I need to identify it and stop it. We configure our Windows 7 PCs to "Use automatic configuration script" and we set the URL for ...
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Start menu cannot be changed and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer is missing

The Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer key is missing and my Start menu cannot be changed: there is no option to unpin tiles and I'm unable to drag anything. What ...
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Windows10: Cannot create a registry key with extension “.exe”

I'm trying to apply the steps given in this anser: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/53503593/how-to-reduce-visual-studio-build-process-priority-to-prevent-unresponsive-system. For this, i want to ...
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When using Windows 10, how do you change all of the properties of start menu icons through command line, PowerShell, or Regedit? [duplicate]

I have had to remake a profile several times. The most cumbersome part is rearranging the start menu icons. Is there a way to make them all small, add groups of icons, and arranged in a certain order ...
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Batch file will not run - only opens Notepad++

Running Windows 8.1. This worked a few days ago. Really do not know what has changed, nor am I aware of any update that might have stopped this working. When I run a .bat (batch) file (right-click &...
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Slow right -> New on File Explorer click on Windows 10

I noticed a really weird situation on my Windows 10, When I press right click it works good and immediately, but then, when I go to "New" section, it takes FOREVER, like 5 seconds which is A LOT if ...
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How to disable Windows asking if a file with the exact same name should be overwritten?

So i was searching the registry for any key that might allow me to disable windows asking "A file with the same name exists! Overwrite?" From path X to path Y. or how you would go about creating one....
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Is it possible to force Cortana enabled while using Windows in unsupported language?

I noticed interesting thing: On Windows 10 Insider Build 18850 I have set Windows language and also region to Czech (where Cortana is not officially available). However, I have also installed English (...
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Why does Group Policy block to create ISensorManger instance?

I have a Surface Pro 3, running Window 10 Pro, version 1803. One of the things that I do with this tablet is play around with the new API and programming features that Microsoft provides. Recently, ...
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What is the purpose of the Windows registry key “Epoch”

Out of curiosity, what is the purpose of the registry key Epoch: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\SharedAccess\Epoch My security software is warning me about the creation of this ...
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Is there anyway to remove traces of Google Input tools completely without reinstalling windows?

I wanted to install a few languages of Google Input tools and I had the installers of the other languages as backup. As you are well aware, Google has deleted Google input tools for windows from its ...
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Is there a registry key on windows 7 to count number of shutdowns? [duplicate]

Working on a college assignment and part of it is to look at the number of times a machine has been shutdown. While I know this could be pulled from the event log, the assignment is entirely based on ...
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Running Chrome-browser with separate user: how to increase security?

In order to increase security and reduce probability of malware attacks to my Windows10-PC I'm running Google Chrome with a dedicated Windows user account, e. g. via the commandline "runas /user:...
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Windows 10 1809 - Region/language registry keys

I got two simple question for you guys today, hopefully you can help me since I haven't been able to find it myself for some reason. For Windows 10 1809 what registry keys controls the following ...
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How do I set a registry variable in batch code with SETX?

I am trying to make a custom tool that works with Steam. Because the user may have a different install directory than myself, I want to use the SteamPath registry string value as a variable in my ...
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How to change Windows 7 Wallpaper using the registry?

All I'm trying to do is get Windows to switch to a different Wallpaper folder at night (a folder containing night images). To achieve this I'm planning to use Task Scheduler to run .bat files which ...
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Is it possible to override fan control settings directly through REGEDIT?

I have a Dell Latitude e6420 and the fan noise is driving me crazy. I took the entire fan assembly apart and it is clean as a whistle, but still making obnoxiously loud noise regularly. I believe ...
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What is the id under %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Office\15.0 and where does it come from?

Under %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Office\15.0 I find a directory whose name consists of 8 alphanumericals. Below that directory, I have a directory Proofing which contains the file RoamingCustom.dic. This ...
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Where in the registry does Windows store mouse side buttons (4 and 5) assignments?

In my Win10 64 system I'm using an old but reliable laser mouse, with standard buttons on top (two buttons + central clickable wheel) and two side buttons. Since no "official" drivers are available ...
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Skype 8.x minimize on startup without reinstalling in Windows 7

Followed through current Q/A's; How can I make a program that runs on Windows startup automatically minimize/close? Can I automatically hide a program in the taskbar on startup? How to actually start ...
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Local computer policy not working

The policy appears in gpresult I have a domain-joined computer that I'm trying to add a local policy to end RDP sessions after being disconnected for a certain amount of time. I'm not sure if I'm ...
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How to “Open CMD Here as Administrator” in right-click menu, with no elevation prompt. Without changing UAC rules

I'm going to preface this with that I am relatively new to registry tweaking, but please bear with me. Today I was messing with my Windows 10 (home, version 1803) and after some googling I did 2 ...
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Every app clumped together in Programs folder in Windows 10 Start menu

In my glory and wisdom, I accidentally (and programmatically) moved the whole %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs folder to another location on C: when I intended to move one of its subfolders. I ...
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Why does Wallpaper.reg not do what its supposed to when added to a batch file? [closed]

Whenever I'm installing Windows on new devices there are a lot of changes to be made which cost a lot of time. So I wanted to make some scripts which do exactly that for me. For the past few days I ...
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How to runas an application requiring elevation with a different user?

I want to run regedit as a different user (i.e. to edit that user's registry entries). So I've run cmd as an Administrator, then did runas /profile /savecred /user:OtherUserName regedit It asks for ...
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Is there any way to configure what info is displayed in the tiles view of windows explorer?

The Tiles View in Windows Explorer displays the file name with 2 other lines of information about the file. As you can see in the image, the information displayed depends on the file. Executable ...
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Disabling Windows Defender prevents from mounting ISOs

After some consideration I disabled Windows Defender in Windows 10 by using the registry. I browsed to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender and created a new "DWORD ...
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Screen wake up settings in power options or registry for windows OS?

Is there any way I can wake up the screen after specified time? like sleep after specified time? any one please point me to where i can need to modify the settings like in registry or power options.
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Strange name(s) in Windows Permission Settings for a registry key

I was following this article to try to remove a particular warning. The keys cannot be removed without changing the permissions and that's when I came across this. Google tells me it's German. ...
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Edit Register on Windows 10

I have a USB drive that can't be seen in Explorer. Computer is a desktop running Windows10 Home. Acting on the advice given in Not able to see my hard drive in windows explorer? I exported the ...
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How do I manually remove a program from the Add/Remove programs list?

I'm trying to get rid of a program from the add/remove programs list that wouldn't go normally. I opened the registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall to search ...
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Installing HAXM on a different computer then copying it to a computer with QEMU

So i know this isn't a way to install programs on a computer but i am on a school computer with qemu and i have realised how painfully slow QEMU is so i looked into HAXM and installed HAXM on another ...
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How does notepad.exe obtain the current system date format

I was trying to find out how Notepad.exe is able to get the current system date format saved in the Windows registry without appearing to access the registry. I added a filter on the HKCU\Control ...
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Is there a reference for the full list of Windows 10 'Shell Icon' numbers?

I'm looking for a reference that lists the possible entries under the registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons Entries under this registry key ...
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High Contrast and Low Contrast Accessibility Toggle not working as expected

At the moment users are able to utilise the hotkeys Alt+Shift+PrtScn to switch from Light Contrast Theme to the Dark Contrast Theme but problem is they can’t revert to the light Contrast theme after ...
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Disable credential storage of network shared folders in windows clients

How to disable credential storage of network shared folders in windows clients (maybe with a .reg key or GPO etc)? (auto-login network shared folders) Reason: I have a "shared network folder" and I ...
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how to fix broken downloads folder permissions

I was cleaning out my HDD, as it was full in places I dont ever use anymore, and I cleared out a ridiculous amount of ntuser.dat files. what appears to have happened was one of the needed ones was ...
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Set time limit for active but idle Remote Desktop Services sessions using registry without rebooting

This policy setting allows you to specify the maximum amount of time that an active Remote Desktop Services session can be idle (without user input) before it is automatically disconnected. I'm ...
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What does IsMRUEstablished mean?

For setting the default printers in the registry I can see three keys. Device - This is the default printer for the user profile IsMRUEstablished LegacyDefaultPrinterMode - This prevents ...
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How to set default app per filetype programmatically?

I want to get independent of installed apps and share most of my apps as portable versions in a cloud drive. So my idea is whenever I sit on a new device I just sync my cloud drive and start some kind ...
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How to keep the taskbar hidden (i.e., minimized) in Windows 10?

I understand that in order to disable or remove the taskbar in Windows 10, the explorer.exe process must be terminated. However, is there a way to: keep the taskbar minimized (i.e., auto-hide in the ...
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About MaximumAttachmentSize?

Im trying to increase the attachment size of emails and i find out it could be done from modifying the registry by accesing the sub key from there and change the value to 0 to have no limits for the ...
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How to undo custom keyboard mapping in registry

To make my Windows 10 system act more like the macOS behavior that I'm accustomed to, I remapped my keyboard following the instructions of Orwellophile when they answered the question of how to Switch ...
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Batch script doesn't work from contextual menu

I have a batch script that uses Defender Control to toggle (enable and disable) Windows Defender. It works perfectly except when I add it to the right click context menu, it doesn't work. Is there ...
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On Windows, how to add an explorer contextual menu on .XML files?

I use following registry macro to add a contextual menu on .XML file Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\xmlfile\shell\FormatXML] @="Format-XML" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\xmlfile\shell\...
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Environment variables not used, even after reboot

I modified some environment variables (using both setx and through the GUI: Control Panel--System Properties--Advanced--Environment Variable). The changes persist after rebooting, which I can see in ...
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Change and ungroup file icons in Windows 10 (to match icons in Atom/Sublime/VScode)

There is a popular set of file icons, originally for atom, that I want to use as my windows file icons: From here I know I can create a .ico file with the icons in it, though I don't know a ...
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Winlogon\Notify Registry Key

If I delete/modify the HKLM\SOFTWARE\MicrosoftWindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify registry key, will this disable Winlogon events from being past to the event log? The Windows Dev Center entry ...
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Can registry settings be “watched” by a program in Windows?

Let me explain what I mean... When you edit a configuration file for a service, software or process in Linux, you are generally required to restart or reload it after editing the configuration ...
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PowerShell Context Menu Script Block

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*\shell\FileDateTime] @="File DateTime Attribute (1 file at a time)" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*\shell\FileDateTime\command] @="powershell.exe $...