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Windows Registry Troubleshooting by MVP Andrew Bettany, MVP Mike Halsey

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CHAPTER 2

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Registry Tools and Utilities

Because of the complexity of a PC system, with its OS components, software, apps, hardware, and drivers, the Registry can swell to a significant size. On my own PC, as I sit and write this, the Registry files are over 225MB combined. If you wanted to open these files in a text editor, such as Windows Notepad, they would take a long time and be very complex indeed.

It’s a good thing, then, that the Registry is a binary database, rather than a text file, and that dedicated tools exist to help you open, edit, and work in other ways with the Registry. In this chapter we’ll show you around the most common and ...

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