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Microsoft® Windows® Registry Guide, 2nd Edition by Jerry Honeycutt

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Chapter 1. Learning the Basics

The registry has a subtle but important role in Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (both referred to throughout this book as Windows). On one hand, the registry is passive—it’s just a big collection of settings sitting on your hard disk, and you probably don’t think much about it while you’re editing a document, browsing the Internet, or searching for a file. On the other hand, it plays a key role in all those activities. The registry settings determine how Windows appears and behaves. They even control applications running on ...

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