Using the Windows Registry Editor
Introduction

Many Windows procedures require you to add, change or get settings from the Windows Registry. These instructions will help you with starting the Registry Editor program and accessing the registry keys.

Extreme care should be taken when working in the Registry Editor. Only make changes as required and follow any steps as provided in any instructions.
Contents

Part 1 - Starting the Windows XP Registry Editor

Part 2 - Starting the Windows Vista Registry Editor

Part 3 - Using the Registry Editor

Part 1 - Starting the Windows XP Registry Editor

Click the Start button and then click the Run... menu option.

1.1

Type in regedit and click the OK button to start the program.

1.2

Continue to Part 3.

Part 2 - Starting the Windows Vista Registry Editor

There are several ways to start Vista's Registry Editor. Two of them are shown below.

Using the Program Search Box

Click the Start button and then type regedit into the Search box. Programs matching the search will be displayed at the top of the menu. Click regedit.exe to start the program.

2.3

Using the Run Command

If you have the Run... command displayed on the start menu, you can start the program by clicking the Start button and then clicking the Run... menu option.

2.1

Type in regedit and click the OK button to start the program.

2.2

If Vista's UAC is Turned On

Click the Continue button to allow the Registry Editor to run.

2.4
Part 3 - Using the Registry Editor

Once the Registry Editor is running, you should see a screen similar to the one shown below.

3.1

You can Expand and Collapse the registry keys by clicking on the little arrows. In Figure 3.2, I've expanded the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key, then the SOFTWARE key and finally selected the ImgBurn key by clicking on it.

The values and their data are display on the right side of the screen.

The currently selected registry key is displayed at the bottom of the Registry Editor window.

3.2

To make changes to a value, right-click on it and select the appropriate choice from the pop-up menu.

In this example, I've right-clicked on the EVENTS_CheckForProgramUpdate value.

3.3

Options are available to modify (edit), delete and rename the value.

Selecting the Modify... menu option brings up the screen where you can change the data of the selected value. When finished making changes, click the OK button to save them or click the Cancel button to leave the value unchanged.

3.4

To copy the data of a value, right-click on the highlighted data in the Value data: box (it's highlighted by default) and select Copy from the pop-up menu. You can now paste the data where it's needed.

3.5

Right-clicking in the blank space on the right side will bring up a different menu giving you the choice of adding a new key or value of various types.

3.6
This website is hosted and maintained by Purviance Computer Services.