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How to enter the Windows registry?

The Windows Registry is one of the fundamental components responsible for the operation of the operating system. It contains all installed programs, saves the interface settings and other system parameters. There are many ways to change the behavior of Windows by adding or removing individual parameters or entire sections from the registry. But how to get there? In this article we will explain how to enter the Windows registry in different versions of the operating system, but in our previous articles you can find out where it is stored and how to clean it.

How to enter the registry in Windows XP

You can work with the registry through the Registry Editor built into Windows. To run it in Windows XP, open the “Start” menu and find the “Run” item in it. In the Run window, enter the regedit command and click OK.

There is a more sophisticated way - in the same Start menu, open the All Programs section, the System Tools section, and then click on the Command Line link. At the command prompt, type regedit and press [Enter]. The result, in general, will be the same, so it’s still easier to get into the registry through the Run tool.

How to enter the registry of Windows 7

In Windows Vista and Windows 7, you can open the registry editor in the same way as in Windows XP, but there is an even simpler option. Just open the “Start” menu, enter the keyword regedit in the search bar and press [Enter]. Depending on the user account control settings, a window may appear asking you to confirm the operation. Click "Yes." You may also be required to enter an administrator password.

How to enter the Windows 8 registry

The most interesting thing is access to the registry in Windows 8: the usual Start menu was removed from this version, so it’s not quite clear where to look for the Run tool. In fact, everything is simple: press the [Win] [X] keys or right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. A pop-up menu will appear in which there is a “Run” item (and also, by the way, a “Command Line”). Then everything is usually: enter the command regedit and click "OK".

But there is an even easier way to bring up the registry editor: just open the initial screen and enter the regedit keyword right there, and then press [Enter]. Or you can not go to the initial screen: right on the desktop, press the [Win] [C] keys or drag the mouse along the right edge of the screen and click the Search button in the appeared panel. Then enter the regedit keyword and press [Enter].In any case, you may need to confirm the operation in the account control window and even, perhaps, enter the administrator password.

Finally, we note that it is necessary to make changes to the registry with caution, since this can potentially disrupt the normal operation of the system. Therefore, before editing, be sure to back up the registry: to do this, open the File menu in the editor, select the Export item, give the backup file a friendly name, select the folder to save and click the Save button.


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