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Windows Registry... What's THAT!!!!

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Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:24 pm:   

I use Norton systemworks with Windoctor. Sometimes I get an error message that gives me the option to fix it by editing the registry. I open it up and I can't make heads or tails with it. I am afraid to screw anything else up.

Can anyone reccomend a book or website that explains how to use the registry?

Barry S
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:24 pm:   

If you do not familiar with the registry, *** DON'T TOUCH IT ***
Improper changes to the register can prevent Windows from working altogether, so it is best to just leave it alone.
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:24 pm:   

very true. however, if you want to know about the registry, get gunter born's book entitled "inside the windows 98 (or 95) registry. the "u" in his name has two dots above it. he's very knowledgable about it. a lot may be beyond you, but in time, and a little reserch, you'll have an understanding of the basic principals of the registry. heck, you may even be able to play with it a little to see how powerful it is. most programs that try to tell you that the registry, including ms's registry checker, has a problem, don't tell you where to look or what you have to do to fix it. so it restores the last previous good backup of itself. this can also cause problems of anything running or installed since your last backup (if you haven't made a backup after you made any changes). so it's a crap shoot. you may be dammed if you do, and/or dammed if you don't.

understanding this is a key to knowing your system. the registry handles everything from how windows are displayed to installation of peripherals. ie: if you install a video card and then upon reboot you get a registry error, it effectively wipes out your installation, even though the files are there, windows doesn't recognize it. it asks for an installation disk. also, you may not be able to uninstall it properly. it could conflict with something else and/or crash your system. if you can get to safe mode and delete or reconfigure it back or whatever, you'll do ok, but then you may also have to delete or change any folders/files installed.

when i had a bad installation of norton antivirus 5.0, i had to delete the whole thing; folders, files, and in the registry to reinstall it. that meant i also had to delete any reference to version 4.0, since it was a free upgrade. then reinstall the whole thing from version 4.0 to 5.0 all over again. couldn't do it any other way. just a case in point.

hope this helps in your understanding.

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