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Windows 10 Registry - Similar to Win 7,8?

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 04:14 PM

I have a couple of questions about the Win 10's Registry for the Beta members that have been running Win 10 for a while.


Is the Win 10 Registry construct similar to Win 7,8?  I have a couple of specific examples that perhaps someone can help provide information about these 2 questions.


- Unattended Sleep Timeout key (introduced with Vista).  Since the default timeout is 120 seconds, I changed that to prevent the PC from returning to Standby when it's running unattended overnight AV & MBAM scans.


Is this option still available in Win 10?   With Win 7 > Control Panel > Power Options > Change when the computer sleeps > change advanced power settings, here's a screencap that illustrates my question:




The corresponding Registry Key is here in Win 7.  Path is



Power Options:


Registry Key                                               Power Plan

381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e     Balanced
8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c   High performance
a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a   Power saver




The other question pertains to the alt-tab order.  For keyboard nerds like me :lol:, this is one that I use many times daily.  When I installed Win 7 back in 2010, I added this dword to revert the alt-tab order to the way it worked with XP & Vista.  Win 7 changed how this worked and I preferred the previous operation mode for alt-tab.


I added this dword to the following Registry location.  Path is:


HKEY_CURRENT_USER>> Software>> Microsoft>> Windows>> CurrentVersion>> Explorer





I'm wondering if the Explorer path is the same with Win 10 and if I could add the same "AltTabSettings" dword in the same location.

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 08:20 AM

The registry is similar when discussing it in generalities.  When it comes down to the specifics that you mention, there's no telling unless you experiment with it.


For example, we have found that the power settings aren't necessarily all the same across each version of Windows and that other tools are better suited for this.

A friend has made a batch file (at work, so I'm not free to share it here) to update power settings.  It uses both registry entries and powercfg commands at the command prompt.  This makes it easier to apply and it works across many different versions of Windows (we've tested it from Vista to 10).  We were unable to make it work with just registry settings, so I presume that there's a bit of a difference in how power settings are handled from version to version.


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 08:35 AM

Thanks for the info :).  If I decide on installing Win 10 during the free upgrade period, I'll try the tweeks out to see what happens (Cloning, Imaging, before any edits, naturally :) )

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