Chapter 18. The Windows Registry
As the configuration store for the vast majority of applications, the registry plays a central role in system administration. It is also generally hard to manage.
While command-line tools (such as reg.exe) exist to help you work with the registry, their interfaces are usually inconsistent and confusing. While the Registry Editor graphical user interface is easy to use, it does not support scripted administration.
PowerShell tackles this problem by exposing the Windows Registry as a navigation provider—a data source that you navigate and manage in exactly the same way that you work with the filesystem.
18.1. Navigate the Registry
You want to navigate and explore the Windows Registry.
Set-Location just as you would navigate the filesystem to navigate the registry:
PS >Set-Location HKCU: PS >Set-Location \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run PS >Get-Location Path ---- HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
PowerShell lets you navigate the Windows Registry in exactly the same way that you navigate the filesystem, certificate drives, and other navigation-based providers. Like these other providers, the registry provider supports the
Set-Location cmdlet (with the standard aliases of
Push-Location (with the standard alias
Pop-Location (with the standard alias
popd), and more.
For information about how to change registry keys once you get to a registry location, ...
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