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#1 8-bit

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 05:46 AM

Ive picked up a fair amount of knowledge about pcs over the years and have become fairly confident at dealing with problems etc. The one thing I know nothing about and feels me with complete fear is the registry. Is there anywhere where I can learn alittle more about it and give me a few pointers about dealing with it?

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 09:41 AM

Start here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/demystifying-the-windows-registry/

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:14 PM

Oops. Forgot to look there! :thumbsup:

Thanks though. Look like it exactly what I was a :flowers: fter!

Edited by 8-bit, 08 October 2006 - 04:15 PM.


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Posted 10 October 2006 - 11:58 AM

Im still a little unclear where installed programs store their stuff. I've read a few posts where people have had problems with installed programs and they are told to remove all references of it from the registry. What part of the registry would this be?

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 01:37 PM

The answer to that question depends on the specific program. No two programs create or alter registry keys in the same way.

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 07:15 PM

I don't think that there's anyone who completely understands the registry - but there's some pretty smart folks out there who write about it.

My favorite is "The Microsoft Windows Registry Guide" by Jerry Honeycutt
http://www.microsoft.com/MSPress/books/8762.asp

Finding entries in the registry is like doing a google search - you've gotta try a few different keywords to find all the entries. Usually the manufacturer has a key for itself, then there's another key for the program name - plus other keys for different functions that it performs.

A tip from the book above is to use a registry compare program. Then backup your registry, then make some changes. Then compare the 2 - that'll show you where those changes are stored in the registry.

Also, another nice tool is the last freeware version of Total Uninstall - it'll tell you what keys were added, modified, or deleted when installing a program. Here's the link: http://www.aplusfreeware.com/categories/util/uninst.html
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 06:41 AM

Before you experiment with the registry it is a good idea to gave backups available in case you make changes that prove to be deleterious.

The program I recommend for this is Erunt, freeware which is configurable to make registry backups on a schedule you set and with a recovery tool included in each backup so restoring a copy if necessary is easy.

Erunt:
http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 11:48 AM

Many thanks for all your replies. I'll look into the links and bear your advice in mind. :thumbsup:

Although I have heard that XP can repair your Registry by itself and backs itself up automatically. Is this true?

Edited by 8-bit, 11 October 2006 - 11:51 AM.


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Posted 11 October 2006 - 11:57 AM

Yep, well sorta - mostly it's System Restore that does this (although there are other routines built in that will also do it).

But, as Enthusiast recommended, ERUNT is the best (IMO) backup for your registry - and it's free! It comes with a readme file that will show you how to automate the process on a daily basis. This enables you to have 7 backups (Sun to Sat) that rotate on a weekly basis.
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