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The registry was introduced as a way out of the “INI files mess” that plagued early versions of windows. Configuration  information regarding the operating system ,application files ,hardware ,and so on were stored in INI files scattered all over the system .For example , when  an application is installed ,it needs to know various parameters  regarding the operating system and the available hardware. Much of this information is common to other application as well. However if there was     any change  in the hardware or operating system software , updating the application’s INI file used to be hell.
The registry was conceived as a way out of this madness. Windows registry is hierarchical   database   that stores information regarding the   software, user preference and system preference. This hierarchy separates the machine   information, user information and the software information into logically discrete units that can be manipulated with greater ease. Any changes made by user, the operating system, newly installed software and hardware are all updated and reflected in the registry.
One size doesn't fit all. Each windows computer in unique .It’s the windows registry that holds your personal setting….so that’s where you should be headed if you want to make your computer your own.
Regedit is a program you can use to access and edit the registry. The Windows registry can be edited manually using programs such as regedit.exe, It normally ships with the default windows installation and can be launched from the Run command box in the Start menu by typing “regedit” or “regedit.exe”.
The Registry Editor allows users to perform the following functions:
  • Creating, manipulating, renaming and deleting registry keys, subkeys, values and value data
  • Importing and exporting .REG files, exporting data in the binary hive format
  • Loading, manipulating and unloading registry hive format files (Windows NT-based systems only)
  • Setting permissions based on ACLs (Windows NT-based systems only)
  • Bookmarking user-selected registry keys as Favorites
  • Finding particular strings in key names, value names and value data
  • Remotely editing the registry on another networked computer

The registry has to be one of the least understood  aspects of the windows operating  system family .Even seasoned professionals approach it with a degree Of caution  , knowing that a wrong entry can potentially wreak havoc on the system . To understand the registry is to get to the heart of controlling and modifying your windows  system .With a detailed understanding of what , you can turn your  machine into a lean performance machine, customize and personalize its appearance grained control  over nearly every aspect of how windows  XP behaves .                       

                          - by Km. Asmita Koiri of Class IX - Vivek