REGISTRY KEYS

KEY

DESCRIPTION

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

Points to branch of Hkey_Local_Machine that describes certain software settings. This key displays the same data as it did in Windows 3.1 - essential information about OLE and association mappings to support drag-and-drop operations, Windows 95 shortcuts (which are, in fact, OLE links), and core aspects of the Windows 95 user interface.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER 

This key points to a branch of Hkey_Users for the user who is currently logged on.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 

Contains computer-specific information about the type of hardware installed, software settings, and other information. This information is used for all users who log on to this computer.

HKEY_USERS

Contains information about all the users who log on to the computer, including both generic and user-specific information. The generic settings are available to all users who log on to the computer. The information is made up of default settings for applications, desktop configurations, and so on. This key contains sub keys for each user that logs on to this computer.

HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG 

Points to a branch of Hkey_Local_Machine\Config that contains information about the current configuration of hardware attached to the computer.

HKEY_DYN_DATA

Points to a branch of Hkey_Local_Machine that contains the dynamic status information for various devices as part of the Plug and Play information. This information may change as devices are added to or removed from the computer. The information for each device includes the related hardware key and the device's current status, including problems.


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