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Mastering Windows XP Registry

Mastering Windows XP Registry

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Mastering Windows XP Registry
Peter Hipson
 
Associate Publisher:
Joel Fugazzotto
Acquisitions and Developmental Editor:
Ellen L. Dendy
Editor:
Anamary Ehlen
Production Editor:
Elizabeth Campbell
Technical Editor:
Donald Fuller 
Electronic Publishing
Specialist: Maureen Forys, Happenstance Type-O-Rama
Proofreaders:
Nanette Duffy, Emily Hsuan, Laurie O'Connell, Yariv Rabinovitch, NancyRiddiough
Book Designer:
Maureen Forys, Happenstance Type-O-Rama
Indexer:
Ted Laux
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Sergie Loobkoff Copyright © 2002 SYBEX Inc., 1151 Marina Village Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501. Worldrights reserved. The author(s) created reusable code in this publication expressly for reuse byreaders. Sybex grants readers limited permission to reuse the code found in this publication or its accompanying CD-ROM so long as the author is attributed in any application containingthe reusable code and the code itself is never distributed, posted online by electronictransmission, sold, or commercially exploited as a stand-alone product. Aside from thisspecific exception concerning reusable code, no part of this publication may be stored in aretrieval system, transmitted, or reproduced in any way, including but not limited to photocopy, photograph, magnetic, or other record, without the prior agreement and written permission of the publisher.First edition copyright © 2000 SYBEX Inc.Library of Congress Card Number: 2002100057ISBN: 0-7821-2987-0SYBEX and the SYBEX logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of SYBEX Inc.in the United States and/or other countries.Mastering is a trademark of SYBEX Inc.Screen reproductions produced with FullShot 99. FullShot 99 © 1991-1999 InbitIncorporated. All rights reserved.FullShot is a trademark of Inbit Incorporated.
 
TRADEMARKS: SYBEX has attempted throughout this book to distinguish proprietarytrademarks from descriptive terms by following the capitalization style used by themanufacturer.The author and publisher have made their best efforts to prepare this book, and the content is based upon final release software whenever possible. Portions of the manuscript may be basedupon pre-release versions supplied by software manufacturer(s). The author and the publisher make no representation or warranties of any kind with regard to the completeness or accuracyof the contents herein and accept no liability of any kind including but not limited to performance, merchantability, fitness for any particular purpose, or any losses or damages of any kind caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly from this book.This book is dedicated to my students at FPC. Perhaps the hardest part of their education is putting up with me. I expect a lot, and they give it.
Acknowledgments
 An acknowledgments section is always hard to write; there are just so many people who havehelped. An author's greatest fear is forgetting someone, so I always start off by saying thanksto everyone. If I didn't list you, please don't hate me!Thanks go to Ellen Dendy, of course, who served as acquisitions and developmental editor for this book. Ellen Dendy also helped greatly by providing critical direction whenever needed.(Of course, if you don't like this book, the blame falls on me and only me!)Thanks to the Sybex editorial staff, especially Anamary. Thanks also to Elizabeth Campbell, production editor, for her skillful work and management; to Maureen Forys, electronic publishing specialist, for her expert and speedy layout skills; and to Nanette Duffy, EmilyHsuan, Laurie O'Connell, Yariv Rabinovitch, and Nancy Riddiough, proofreaders, for their  proficient proofreading of the pages.Don Fuller served well as our technical editor. It was Don's job to make sure that I told nolies, made no mistakes.Jerold Schulman (JSI, Inc.) maintains the web page athttp://www.jsiinc.com/reghack.htm. He provided a lot of expert hints for this book. If you need assistance with your Windows XPinstallation, check out Jerold's web pages for his tips, tricks, and registry hacks.Special thanks to Laura Belt at Adler & Robin Books. Laura is the person who makes this a business and not a hobby.Thanks to Barry and Marcia Press for their input on the book's contents. Barry asked for anumber of things to be covered, and I've covered as many as I could.Thanks to the ExpertZone (and my team members who put up with my slow responses), andeveryone at Microsoft who helped, too.Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't thank my family, especially my wife, Nang, who hassupported me through thick and thin, and the folks at CMC and MCH who made sure that Isurvived the experience.
 
This book is dedicated to my students at FPC. Perhaps the hardest part of their education is putting up with me. I expect a lot, and give it.
 
Introduction
The registry has evoked emotions from terror to mystery. Few Windows XP users consider the registry their friend. After all, think of it: The registry is the heart and soul of theWindows XP operating system. The registry is everything-it is the brain of the operatingsystem. Damage the registry, and Windows XP quickly develops brain damage and needsmajor surgery.This is it-the only book on the Windows XP registry that you will need. Now, I won't kid you;there are a few other books on the Windows registry. Every current version of Windows usesa similar registry structure, but we do find that there are sufficient differences between themmake it difficult for one book to cover everything well.Will you need another book or tool besides this book? Maybe not. But I do recommend thatyou get Microsoft's Windows XP Resource Kit, too; it has a lot of good utilities that you willfind invaluable. The Windows XP Resource Kit also has a lot of good non-registry stuff.This book covers the Windows XP registry from A to Z. I've covered the standard stuff, fromthings that most of us should know to things that are not documented at all and are probablyonly known by a very few first-rate system administrators.
Who Is This Book For? 
This book is valuable to all Windows XP users. Even users of Windows NT 4 and 2000 andWindows 95/98/Me may find good information in this book, though it is primarily orientedtoward Windows XP.This book is intended for:
 
General users who use Windows XP at their desks and are responsible for their owncomputer(s). Typically, these users don't have responsibility for other users'computers, though they may help their friends out from time to time.
 
System administrators who are responsible for an organization's computers (and perhaps thousands of Windows XP installations). Administrators will be presentedwith virtually every conceivable problem over a given period of time. Whatever cango wrong will; Murphy's Law is applied double to system administrators.
 
Help desk staff who support users, even if they don't usually administer the system.Help desk staff roam throughout the organization, providing help and assistance asneeded. All help desk people are going to find this book very useful.If you are a user who wants to get the most out of your Windows XP installation (either HomeEdition, Professional, or one of the upcoming .NET Server versions), this book is a very goodstarting point. Think of it this way: If you are a system administrator, this book is one of thetools that you will need to manage and administer your Windows XP network. Manning thehelp desk? If so, having this book close at hand can save you lots of time and effort.

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