REGISTRY BASICS

The registry contains extended information, settings and various other values for the the Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows ME operating system. Within the registry you can control a great majority of the operating system as well as fix a lot of issues with Windows. However we only recommend those whom are experienced with computers or whom feel confident to go into the registry.

Before going into the Registry and changing or deleting anything we ALWAYS recommend that you backup the registry.

The computer registry consists of two files hidden in the Windows directory, system.dat and user.dat. User-specific system information is contained in the user.dat file and Computer and Hardware specific information in the system.dat file.

To get into the Windows 95 or Windows 98 registry click Start / Run / type regedit

When typing regedit you will get the following screen this window as you can see is the Registry editor. This windows looks very similar to Explorer however within each folder you have sub folders which have various settings.

The following are the types of files that you will see during the time you are in the registry.

- Open or selected folder just as you would see in Windows Explorer
- Closed folder just as you would see in Windows Explorer
- String Value allows you to place certain values to certain aspects of a program such as a version number.
- Binary Value allows you to set attributes to a particular application, values are in binary.
- Dword Similar to the binary value allowing you to set attributes however done in binary and hex.