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TitleWindows NT 4.0 Registry: A Professional Reference
Author(s)Steven B. Thomas
PublishedDecember 1997
PublisherMcGraw-Hill Osborne Media
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
There are a number of other, thinner, books on the Registry. What sets this one apart is the inclusion of all the Registry entries you are likely to find in a basic Windows NT installation. There is also some handy Registry management software included on the CD-ROM. Chapter one provides a basic introduction to the Registry, its structure and function, and the major subkeys and mappings. The Windows 95 Registry gets a brief overview, and there are explanations of the conversion of Windows 3.x initialization files to the Registry. A significant amount of space is devoted to application development tools. Chapter two looks at the hardware configuration keys built at start up, but is very limited. Since almost everything about NT relies on the Registry, almost every change you make to NT modifies the Registry. Chapter three looks at the common administrative tools in the operating system, and how they affect, or are affected by, the Registry. You can, of course, also update the Registry directly, and chapter four looks at the various tools to manipulate the data, concentrating particularly on REGEDT32.EXE. Chapter five introduces the programming of modifications to the Registry using C and Perl. It is generally well known that there is no essential difference between NT Workstation and NT Server. Chapter six, while not providing a cookbook solution, discusses the Registry changes necessary to effect the conversion. Tools and tips for Registry management are reviewed in chapter seven. Chapter eight details the way the Registry can affect the NT shell and user interface. The bulk of the book, though, is in the operating system Registry entry list in part two. Chapter nine looks at subsystem configuration in services, devices, control, and DCOM (Distributed, Common Object Model) properties. Filesystem entries are discussed in chapter ten. Chapter eleven deals with performance monitoring functions. Network chapters are rather distributed: general services in chapter twelve, interoperability in thirteen, network protocols in fourteen, remote access in sixteen, routing in seventeen, and TCP/IP in twenty. Chapter fifteen covers printer entries. Security and related functions and properties are listed in chapter eighteen. Chapter nineteen is entitled simply "Registry Problems." However, this very short chapter lists only a few, albeit important, disasters. MS Office 95 and 97 keys are listed in chapter twenty one. MS BackOffice product entries are listed separately in part three. Internet services are covered in chapter twenty two. Chapter twenty three looks at MS Exchange entries. SQL (Structured Query Language) functions are discussed in twenty four. SNA (System Network Architecture) services are dealt with in chapter twenty five. Chapter twenty six closes out the book with systems management properties. An appendix lists Registry related event log messages. While a number of other books do a good job of presenting the Registry, its purpose, functions, and modification, this is the most complete in terms of the contents of the Registry itself. Given that the Registry is the descendant of the AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files, via the INIs, it is possible to argue that this book should be of interest to any intermediate NT user. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1998

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An in-depth guide to the structureNand to the careful, studied, optimal restructureNof the complex Windows NT Registry. Here's the information Microsoft refuses to reveal: how to manipulate and manage the Registry; make prudent additions that optimize configuration; master the wide-ranging BackOffice suite; and even pierce the Top Ten "most well-kept Registry secrets." CD-ROM provides invaluable Registry add-ons and work-arounds. Based on the author's two-year database compilation on the Registry.

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