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TitleManaging Windows NT Registry
Author(s)Paul Robichaux, Robchauxg
PublisherO'Reilly & Associates
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
The AUTOEXEC.BAT and then .INI files used to be the dividing line between the novice and experienced user. Now, in Windows 95 and NT 4.0, that distinction has fallen to the Registry. As with its predecessors, the Registry is a deep, dark secret, best revealed only to true Microsoft acolytes--or through third parties. Chapter one introduces the Registry historically, conceptually, and functionally. The history and concepts are better than the functions that are used as initial examples: at this point in the book the actions taken by or through the Registry are rather vague. The structure of the Registry is presented very well in chapter two, and there are even a number of helpful tips for values to set for specific common problems. If you know anything about the Registry, you know that there are dire warnings (and sometimes even more dire penalties) for mucking about with it. Backup and recovery are dealt with extensively and in detail in chapter three, in rather stark opposition to many Registry books that simply tell you to back up. Chapters four and five review the RegEdit and RegEdt32 programs, respectively, covering the functions, strengths, and weaknesses of each. The first of the sections dealing with Registry content is the material on system policies in chapter six. The explanations are very good, and better than the contents of many NT security and administration texts. It can also be seen as the last chapter on tools, since the policy editor is examined. Chapter seven looks at programming for modification of the Registry with a variety of programming languages. While there are some general tips (including a section on the REG.EXE command line utility), most of the administration of the Registry that goes on in chapter eight deals with the securing of it. Chapter nine contains a very useful list of Registry tweaks for everything from the user interface to printers. An outline of major Registry keys is given in chapter ten, which also points to a more complete reference at While not a complete programmer's catalogue like "Windows NT 4.0 Registry" by Thomas (see reviews), this book contains everything that the normal user or administrator would need. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1998

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The Windows NT Registry is the repository for all hardware, software, and application configuration settings, and Managing the Windows NT Registry is the system administrator's guide to maintaining, monitoring, and updating the Registry database. The book addresses four main areas: What is the Registry? Where does it live on disk? How do system services access and use it? What do you do if it's damaged or corrupted? Every NT administrator faces questions like this, often in a desperate attempt to fix something that's broken. What tools are available? Detailed descriptions of Regedit, RegEdt32, the System Policy Editor, and selected Resource Kit utilities explain how to edit and secure the Registry both on local and on remote computers. How can I access the Registry from a program? Regularly monitoring the Registry's contents is one way to preclude unpleasant surprises. Using examples in C++, Visual Basic, and Perl, Managing the WIndows NT Registry demonstrates how to create Registry-aware tools and scripts. What's in the Registry? Not all Registry keys are adequately documented by Microsoft or by the other vendors who store configuration data in the Registry. Managing the Windows NT Registry offers a guided tour of some of these undocumented keys; in addition, the associated Web site provides a "living database" of Registry keys that readers can search (and contribute to). This book is a "must have" for every NT system manager or administrator.

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