is there a registry guide anywhere showing what each key is for, etc.


  1. Posts : 1
    win11
       #1

    is there a registry guide anywhere showing what each key is for, etc.


    i don't expect anything even approaching completeness given the size and complexity of the win 10 registry, but is anyone aware of a compiled list of known registry key functions, tweaks, etc.? i'm aware that every update changes things...

    win 10 [and especially win 11] give very few UI customization options. i am hoping somewhere there is a list/database of relevant registry keys and values so i can tweak the colors, border widths, file manager and start menu 'stuff', etc. i have the usual tweaking tools, but surely this stuff is documented *somewhere* other than the deep dark depths of microsoft...

    many thanks
    mike
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  2. Posts : 1,728
    Windows 10 Pro x64 22H2
       #2

    Hello and welcome to forums!

    You have asked an interesting question, but from my experience you won't find AIO web page or documentation of registry, instead you'll need to go deep into the dark of Microsoft like you predicted yourself.

    To understand most of the registry keys you'll need a basic knowledge of COM and Win32 programming.
    You might stumble upon several website about registry but most of them won't outline everything but only a single or few registry locations.

    Here is one such web page which is used to modify registry related to group policy settings:
    Group Policy Search

    Each group policy has an associated registry key and value, you can learn each on that page which lists registry locations.

    For general starting information about the registry see also:
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/tr...advanced-users
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  3. Posts : 43,247
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #3

    If you have Winaero's free tweak tool that gives full explanations for most things via a link on its GUI.

    Just considering some GUI changes e.g.
    is there a registry guide anywhere showing what each key is for, etc.-1.jpg

    As you will be aware, applying tweaks using a tool (with the option in the above case to readily revert the change/reset to default) is better than making changes directly in the registry.

    Many of the tweaks it provides, if not all, also appear in tenforums tutorials- in the huge searchable Tutorials section.
    Note that WinAero's tweak tool also has a search feature- even more convenient.

    i'm aware that every update changes things...
    Depends what you change and how you change it. I've chosen changes that are not affected by updates, or for the most part by upgrades.

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    Last edited by dalchina; 10 Jun 2023 at 00:21.
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  4. Posts : 1,803
    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)
       #4

    OP's computer spec shows Windows 11... so there's that.
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  5. Posts : 43,247
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #5

    Asking about Win 11 on tenforums carries that risk, granted; if there are differences, hopefully WinAero's tool allows for that.
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  6. Posts : 17,015
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #6

    msampson said:
    win 10 [and especially win 11] give very few UI customization options. i am hoping somewhere there is a list/database of relevant registry keys and values so i can tweak the colors, border widths, file manager and start menu 'stuff', etc.
    Mike,

    There are several TenForumsTutorials about such tweaks but they are named by topic so you'll need to search for individual things you want to do.

    You can browse through the Tutorial index - there's a shortcut to it at the top of every page.
    - At the foot of the Tutorial index is a shortcut to download it as a spreadsheet.
    - I download a new copy each month.
    - By downloading it as a spreadsheet I can benefit from Excel's excellent filtering capabilities when I search for topics of interest.
    - Tutorials are also listed by category at Tutorials - there's also a shortcut to that at the top of every page.
    - Both tutorial lists are searchable.
    - You can also search for TenForumsTutorials in many general search engines, such as Google, by adding site:tenforums.com/tutorials after your search term. For example,
    taskbar toolbars site:tenforums.com/tutorials

    You can search TenForums using the search box in the top-right corner of all TenForums webpages or using Advanced Search - TenForums
    - You can also search TenForums threads in many general search engines, such as Google, by adding site:tenforums.com after your search term. For example,
    Search for drivers by HardwareID site:tenforums.com
    - [This is what the search box in the top-right corner of TenForums webpages does automatically]


    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  7. Posts : 7,921
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #7

    I doubt even MS software engineers understand the Registry!
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  8. Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Pro
       #8

    No, I think they do, it's just that software developers who make programs can use the registry in many ways that either is not standard practice or splatter keys all over the place.

    Remember, a Windows registry is like a SQL database. A database that is human readable for the most part, but you need to understand how to execute commands and whatnot in that database. It's just like data manipulation in a simple CSV file opened in Calc or Excel... That would be considered a type of database as well.

    For forensic use cases. hacktricks/interesting-windows-registry-keys.md at master . carlospolop/hacktricks . GitHub
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  9. Posts : 378
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
       #9

    .
    Windows Admin: Understanding Windows Administration Tools
    .
    Lesson 4 covers the registry.
    .
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  10. Posts : 1,803
    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)
       #10

    OldGrantonian said:
    IMO it's a very good article and the best advice is in the Some Important Things to Note paragraph right at the end.
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