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Insider Power Techniques for Microsoft® Windows® XP by Austin Wilson, Scott Andersen, Geoff Winslow, Paul McFedries

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Finding Registry Entries

The registry contains only five root keys, but these root keys contain hundreds of subkeys. And the fact that some root keys are aliases for subkeys in a different branch only adds to the confusion. If you know exactly where you’re going, the Registry Editor’s treelike hierarchy is a reasonable way to get there. If you’re not sure where a particular subkey or setting resides, however, you could spend all day poking around in the registry’s labyrinthine nooks and crannies.

To help you get where you want to go, the Registry Editor has a Find feature that lets you search for keys, settings, or values. Here’s how it works:

  1. In the Keys pane, select My Computer at the top of the pane (unless you’re certain which root key contains ...

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