Probably the most powerful tool built into Windows is the registry editor. As Spiderman's uncle said... "With great power comes great responsibility!" The registry editor is nothing to kid around with. With it you can change or create virtually any software or hardware setting on your system directly. However if you delete or set something incorrectly Windows won't complain until it's too late.
So before you start fooling with the registry editor, watch my video on it and learn a bit about how the tool works first. Then once you are ready, open the registry editor and make a backup of your entire registry. As I said before, and I say again, You can easily stop windows from working by setting a value wrong! This can cause you to have to wipe and reload windows in some cases.
The whole registry centers around two things, registry keys or often called "Registry Paths" and the registry values also known as "Registry Settings". You browse through the registry keys to find the values you need to change. It's pretty straight forward, and if you've used Windows explorer then navigating should be no problem.
Last Updated: 11/29/2009 01:25 AM