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30 Aug 2011   #1

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How do I know what is the function of some keys in registry?

uhh That is a good Thread tittle

well yeah, i mean when im in regedit, i want to know what some keys are for... but still it is just a big damn tree, im wondering how some people make tutorials of, how to change an option in desktop!, how did they know that if you modify certain keys you would get X Result? there is any forum about that?

there are lots of subkeys, I have even delete some keys (obviously with backup) to see what it makes or changes in my computer, and some keys dont seem useful like if they are wasting computer space... and i could delete them without suffering "the consequences" LOL

thanks for reading

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30 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Because they bothered to read up and research, then backup and test, then repeat that all over again. In short, hard work. Try it. And yes, theres a forum for it- its called (google) search.
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30 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The backing up part is smart, the rest of it is not. The registry is a tiny amount of data with regards to the amount of RAM or hard drive space consumed by them. Trust me, there are reasons for the keys being there, you just don't know what those reasons are. It's best to never fool around in the registry, you are just begging for problems. Some of which you might not notice for days, weeks or even months.
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30 Aug 2011   #4

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
The backing up part is smart, the rest of it is not. The registry is a tiny amount of data with regards to the amount of RAM or hard drive space consumed by them. Trust me, there are reasons for the keys being there, you just don't know what those reasons are. It's best to never fool around in the registry, you are just begging for problems. Some of which you might not notice for days, weeks or even months.
Im not begging from problems, I want to know why some keys are for, so then I can Customize even more my pc , by the way what is the program that read the registry?
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30 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

See, if you want to know about some specific keys, you can google. BUT, theres no standard, centralized database of all possible reg keys which you can keep handy. Per pparks1, dont mess with the registry. Per me, if you want to mess do it with appropriate safeguards. The program which "shows" all the reg hives, keys etc. is regedit. Click start button, in the Run box type regedit, hit Enter.
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30 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sistemx View Post
uhh That is a good Thread tittle

well yeah, i mean when im in regedit, i want to know what some keys are for... but still it is just a big damn tree, im wondering how some people make tutorials of, how to change an option in desktop!, how did they know that if you modify certain keys you would get X Result? there is any forum about that?

there are lots of subkeys, I have even delete some keys (obviously with backup) to see what it makes or changes in my computer, and some keys dont seem useful like if they are wasting computer space... and i could delete them without suffering "the consequences" LOL

thanks for reading
Well, I've read your post and all I can say is you won't get much joy if you come on here for quick answers when you've messed your system up.......as you surely will.

As the old saying goes: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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30 Aug 2011   #7

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
See, if you want to know about some specific keys, you can google. BUT, theres no standard, centralized database of all possible reg keys which you can keep handy. Per pparks1, dont mess with the registry. Per me, if you want to mess do it with appropriate safeguards. The program which "shows" all the reg hives, keys etc. is regedit. Click start button, in the Run box type regedit, hit Enter.
yes i kow what regedit is -.-, but how a program can depend from registry???
yes i googled it, the answers are inexistent or lame, it sucks, google dont answer everything. (normally i've had googled it than have asked it here (it is faster))
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30 Aug 2011   #8

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sistemx View Post
uhh That is a good Thread tittle

well yeah, i mean when im in regedit, i want to know what some keys are for... but still it is just a big damn tree, im wondering how some people make tutorials of, how to change an option in desktop!, how did they know that if you modify certain keys you would get X Result? there is any forum about that?

there are lots of subkeys, I have even delete some keys (obviously with backup) to see what it makes or changes in my computer, and some keys dont seem useful like if they are wasting computer space... and i could delete them without suffering "the consequences" LOL

thanks for reading
Well, I've read your post and all I can say is you won't get much joy if you come on here for quick answers when you've messed your system up.......as you surely will.

As the old saying goes: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
I would say customize it. And I just stated that I Backup the subkeys.
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31 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Just about every "program" on your system uses the registry. Included in "programs" is various Windows 7 functions and features. Think of the registry as a storage for parameters that these programs use to control functions. Everything from where a window shows up on the screen to how a program will function on your specific machine. Changing or removing entries through Regedit bypasses the edit function of many of the programs themselves. The registry is where these programs store Preferences and Options that would be set through the program's menu and controls how the program will work--Or not work.

And, as already stated, changes may not show up right away. Or they may show up sooner than you think when the system won't boot or crashes when you try to run a program.
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31 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sistemx View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sistemx View Post
uhh That is a good Thread tittle

well yeah, i mean when im in regedit, i want to know what some keys are for... but still it is just a big damn tree, im wondering how some people make tutorials of, how to change an option in desktop!, how did they know that if you modify certain keys you would get X Result? there is any forum about that?

there are lots of subkeys, I have even delete some keys (obviously with backup) to see what it makes or changes in my computer, and some keys dont seem useful like if they are wasting computer space... and i could delete them without suffering "the consequences" LOL

thanks for reading
Well, I've read your post and all I can say is you won't get much joy if you come on here for quick answers when you've messed your system up.......as you surely will.

As the old saying goes: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
I would say customize it. And I just stated that I Backup the subkeys.
In that case, go and customize to your heart's content, but don't come back bleating you can't get your system to work correctly.

Using your analogy I might as well remove half my car engine because it'll cut down on weight and improve performance.................. I don't think.

You seem to know all the answers, so I'll leave you to it.

Happy computing.
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