Different ways of changing Windows® registry settings
How does one change the Windows registry settings?
Windows registry is considered as one of the complex parts of a computer. This is because of the registry settings and functions. Though the registry setting is advanced, as a normal user, you have to know about the basic structure of the setting. This helps you when you need a change in your Windows registry setting. There are five basic structures called hives that store all the hardware, software, users' documents, and file associations. It is a kind of hierarchical structure and is very simple to understand.
More on Windows registry settings:
- What is the basic structure of Windows registry settings?
- Different ways to make changes in Windows registry settings
- Issues with Windows registry settings and their solutions
What is the basic structure of Windows registry settings?
As mentioned before, it is a formatted structure like Windows explorer. It is separated as hives and each hive consists of certain data. The first hive is classes root that contains information about files, shortcuts etc. The second hive is current user setting. This setting shows the entire detail of the current user, the documents used, and the preference. The third hive is local machine setting and this setting contains all the information about the system’s hardware, software, and the usage. The fourth hive comprises user settings, which display the complete detail of the users, their preference, files, and other important information. Each user is given a sub-key. The last hive consists of the current configuration setting. Through it, you can see currently activated hardware, software, and other documents. The hives play a major role as they are the centre of all applications, programs, and other documents, hardware, software, user accounts, files in use etc. Though the structure is a bit complicated, understanding it and making changes help in maintaining a trouble-free Windows registry setting.
Different ways to make changes in Windows registry setting
Changing the settings manually may cause some problems; however, you can make slight changes like changing screen saver, background etc. As registry is considered as the heart of the system, a minute change in it may affect the entire system. If you find that the registry is loaded with files that are causing problems, you can choose the registry clean-up process, through which you can remove unwanted and error files. But before starting the scanning process, store all the important files in a folder. This may help you in restoring the registry. There are various registry clean-up tools and repair tools through which you can make changes in your Windows registry.
Windows registry is the most sensitive part of a system. You can avoid making changes manually. When certain changes are made in the registry, many problems occur that result in the corruption of files. This can result in the slowing down of the speed of the computer and the appearance of error messages. So, you can choose a Windows repair tool to set an ideal setting. The tool scans and removes the corrupted files and restores the necessary programs. A regular clean-up of the registry is necessary as this helps you in maintaining the right Windows registry setting.
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