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Registry Editor Keys.

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Registry Editor Keys.

The navigation area of the Registry Editor displays folders, each of which represents a predefined key on the local computer. When accessing the registry of a remote computer, only two predefined keys, HKEY_USERS and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, appear.

Folder/predefined key

Description

HKEY_CURRENT_USER

Contains the root of the configuration information for the user who is currently logged on. The user's folders, screen colors, and Control Panel settings are stored here. This information is referred to as a user's profile.

HKEY_USERS

Contains the root of all user profiles on the computer. HKEY_CURRENT_USER is a subkey of HKEY_USERS.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

Contains configuration information particular to the computer (for any user).

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

Is a subkey of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software. The information stored here ensures that the correct program opens when you open a file by using Windows Explorer.

HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG

Contains information about the hardware profile used by the local computer at system startup.

The following table lists the data types currently defined and used by the system.

Data type

Description

REG_BINARY

Raw binary data. Most hardware component information is stored as binary data and is displayed in Registry Editor in hexadecimal format.

REG_DWORD

Data represented by a number that is 4 bytes long. Many parameters for device drivers and services are this type and are displayed in Registry Editor in binary, hexadecimal, or decimal format.

REG_EXPAND_SZ

A variable-length data string. This data type includes variables that are resolved when a program or service uses the data.

REG_MULTI_SZ

A multiple string. Values that contain lists or multiple values in a form that people can read are usually this type. Entries are separated by spaces, commas, or other marks.

REG_SZ

A fixed-length text string.

REG_FULL_RESOURCE_DESCRIPTOR

A series of nested arrays designed to store a resource list for a hardware component or driver.

 

 

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