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Windows 7: Windows 15 - Should Windows Eventually Do Away With Registry

View Poll Results: Should a future version of Windows do away with the registry
Yes 4 30.77%
No 6 46.15%
Not Sure 3 23.08%
Voters: 13. You may not vote on this poll

11 Jan 2012   #11

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
DRM 1st, Useful Fuctions 2nd

Windows 15?
Isn't that supposed to be arriving in 2036?

It's always been my opinion that the "Registry" was introduced as a DRM mechanism.
What other reason explains all of the "circular" references in it (i.e. A points to B, which points to A).

Any useful functions were tacked on afterwards and that's why various problems occur, it was never initially designed to do useful things.

For example (in XP) storing the folder customisation settings in the "Registry", instead of the desktop.ini file.
"No one will have more than 5000 folders on their machine."
Why was that even included in the "Registry"?

This pictures shows my:
  • Windows partition (not including Users)
  • Documents partition
  • Pictures partition
  • Music partition
  • Video partition
Windows 15 - Should Windows Eventually Do Away With Registry-files-folders-2.png
I've got more than 31000 folders on my PC.
That's not including Programs and backup folders (Windows itself has more than 5000 folders).

Dodgy code writers are also to blame (as mentioned by Solidwave).
They even inflict their stupidity on Linux (i.e. not all config files are in /etc)

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11 Jan 2012   #12

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit

If the Registry is dispensed with then the utilization of disk space would increase manifold. The idea of creating the Registry was just brilliant.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2012   #13

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

In future we may not have the registry in it's present form. Evolution in computer technology is going to give us new methods to organize and control the systems and data. The registry may go the way of relational databases.

We may have a new database for this which may be organised in different and most efficient way. And it may not be a hierarchical structure like today's registry. And it may be called by a different name (not registry! ).

My guessing would be separate database for OS (Kernel, GUI, peripherals etc), separate DB for Apps, separate DB for user data which are connected relationally.

Nowadays with Terabyte storages, the user data has become gigantic and needs a method to organise and store efficiently and fast retrieval.

And the Registry in the present form has its own share of problems.

Probably all these things will make the OS manufacturer to try different methods and come out with new technologies similar to WinFS. A compact SQL server may be built in to the OS for all these things.
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