September 14, 2000
No Reason to Fear Registry, says O'Reilly Author
Sebastopol, CA--The Windows 2000 Registry is a critical file management
system- complex and frequently misunderstood. It is the repository for all
hardware, software, and application configuration settings. Paul
Robichaux's just-released book, Managing the Windows 2000
Registry (O'Reilly, $39.95), is a system administrator's guide to
maintaining, monitoring, and updating the Registry database.
"It's true that making a mistaken Registry edit can indeed send your
machine to the 'Blue Screen of Death' territory quick as a wink, but
there's no reason to be afraid of the Registry any more than you'd be
afraid of a chainsaw, your car, or a high-speed lathe," says Robichaux.
"The Registry is a integral part of Windows 2000, and you should be
comfortable using, repairing, and modifying it if you want to administer
Windows 2000 systems .The goal of my book is to demystify the Registry so
you can better administer the machines under your care."
"Effectively using and managing the Registry are critical skills for
administrators. Even with the recovery console, driver signing, and
self-repair, someone still has to know how to fix, or change, things
manually," explains Robichaux. "If you're a Windows 2000 administrator,
knowing how to safely modify the Registry is a basic life skill, like
knowing how to safely cross the street or what not to say in a biker bar."
His new book covers both Windows NT and Windows 2000, so it is useful for
several groups: people who are still running NT and thinking about
migrating, people who are in the midst of migrating, and people who have
already migrated. A "must-have" for every 2000 system manager or
the Windows 2000 Registry covers what the Registry is and where it
lives on disk, available tools, Registry access from programs, and Registry
What reviewers said about Managing the Windows NT Registry
"Finally, the O'Reilly series has Paul Robichaux's Windows NT Registry,
which is the ONLY decent book on that subject I have seen."
Managing the Windows
"This book is going on my 'A' shelf of absolutely necessary reference
--L.J. Johnson, Enterprise Zone
By Paul Robichaux
1st Edition September 2000
1-56592-943-8, 558 pages, $39.95
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