What is the Windows Registry?

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In Windows, the Registry is a hierarchical database of all the settings required by your installation of Windows and the programs you’ve
Windows Registry
Windows Registry

installed. These settings include information on the hardware installed on your computer and how it’s configured, all the programs and their file associations, profiles for each user and group, and property settings for folders and files.
The Registry stores the information needed to keep your computer running. Windows itself stores a huge amount of information in the Registry, and each program you install stores information there too. You can store information in the Registry yourself if you want to, although unless you’re creating programs, there’s not much reason to do so.
The number of entries in the Registry depends on the number of users of the computer and the software installed, but between 50,000 and 100,000 entries is normal. This multitude of entries makes browsing through the Registry practical only for those with serious amounts of time weighing on their hands. Even searching through the Registry can be a slow process, because many of the entries contain similar information.
Windows 95 introduced the Registry, and all 32-bit and 64-bit desktop versions of Windows then have used the Registry. In Windows 3. x , information was stored in initialization files— INI files for short. For example, Windows configuration information was stored in files such as WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI. Most programs typically created configuration files of their own.
Centralizing all the information in the Registry has two main advantages. First, all the information is in a single location. Second, you can back up the Registry (though most users forget or fail to do so) and restore it. This centralization also has a disadvantage: damage to the Registry can cripple Windows completely.

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