The Registry

Here and there, in books, articles, and conversations, you’ll hear hushed references to something called the Windows Registry—usually accompanied by either knowing or bewildered glances.

Microsoft would just as soon you not even know about the Registry. There’s not a word about it in the basic user guides, and the only information you’ll find about it in the Help and Support Center says, “It is strongly recommended that you do not edit Registry settings yourself. Incorrectly editing the Registry may severely damage your system.”

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