Next to my pet peeve (networking), the registry is the deepest sort of black magic in Windows!
Seriously, the registry is so darned complicated that there's ton's of books and programs out there that pretend to be the be-all and end-all of registry experts.
There's an excellent book on the registry available from Microsoft called "Windows Registry Guide, 2nd Edition" written by Jerry Honeycutt. It's incredibly detailed and complex - yet it barely scratches the surface of the registry.
Schedule ERUNT to backup your registry daily - and keep a few on hand just in case (the readme has details on this).
Use Total Uninstall to monitor all of the changes to your system during an installation (files and registry additions, deletions, and changes). Then, use it to uninstall the program. Anything left is documented for you so that you can remove it manually. This is so much better than the built in Microsoft program that I paid for the shareware version!!! I install a lot of programs while trying to help folks out - and it would really mess my system up after a while of doing this. With Total Uninstall the system remains stable!
Last Freeware version is here: http://www.aplusfreeware.com/categories/util/uninst.html
Shareware version is here: http://www.martau.com/
Edited by usasma, 04 December 2005 - 06:28 PM.
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