Indexing every registry location


  1. Posts : 34
    Win10 64bit
       #1

    Indexing every registry location


    Is there any document / web page / help / anything from where to find any registry location is what is for (his purpose) ?

    I have found a lot of Windows Registry items that I don't know what items is linked, what is used for. This is applying for any Windows OS.
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  2. Posts : 15,985
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #2

    Hello @Flaviu2,

    Flaviu2 said:
    Is there any document / web page / help / anything from where to find any registry location is what is for (his purpose) ?

    I have found a lot of Windows Registry items that I don't know what items is linked, what is used for. This is applying for any Windows OS.

    Have a look at this, it might be of benefit and help answer some of your questions . . .

    > Learning to Use the Registry Editor Like a Pro

    I hope this helps.
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  3. Posts : 806
    Windows 10 Professional x64 21H2
       #3

    You could also give this a read to get a good understanding. Main Registry Entries
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  4. Posts : 34
    Win10 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Ok, I got it, but still, what if I explore somewhere in the registry, how can I found where should I link that information and how is handled ? There is no meta table of Windows Registry ?
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  5. Posts : 1,249
    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    There is no central documentation for the registry. Documentation for individual keys and values can be fount in many locations. But be aware that much of the registry isn't officially documented at all. Much is intended for the internal use of Windows and not for use by the user or application. Whenever possible developers are recommended to use the system functions and not directly access the registry.

    I think most developers would consider what you want as official documentation and Microsoft really wants to limit that. And for good reason. Once something is documented developers will feel free to use this information in their programs. If the implementation were to change, such as in a new version of the OS, applications that rely on the previous implementation would break.

    If you want to know about a specific value or key you can do an Internet search. Be aware this information may be out of date or it may simply be someones guess and wrong. You have to consider the source.
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  6. Posts : 12,417
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #6

    More basic, the Registry is made up of 5 Hives or text files that hold entries that tell Windows how to run things. There usually are 2 or more entries for any one program or device and may be in each or all of the Hives. As is common, the caveat with working in Regedit is one misstep can be as disastrous as killing Windows necessitating a reinstall. The Registry has an Export or backup which should always be used before making changes, Registry cleaners should prompt for that.
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