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Where Is The "registry"? (physically)

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#1 jab416171


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Posted 08 August 2008 - 07:08 PM

Just a quick question...
I know about regedit and such.

The registry is a database, correct? so it's just a single file with a database extension, like mdb?

Where is this database file located?

Is it possible to delete your entire registry by deleting one file?

Or is the registry not in the filesystem, like the MFT?

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#2 M...


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Posted 08 August 2008 - 07:35 PM

Hello jab416171,

Even though the following article is about recovering from registry problems, it describes the location of the 5 registry files:

"How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting":



I later found the following article, which describes the registry in more detail:

"Windows registry information for advanced users":


Edited by M..., 08 August 2008 - 08:21 PM.

#3 desinet1


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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:05 PM

Hello jab416171,

"Windows registry information for advanced users":


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