Managing Registry

The Microsoft Windows operating systems make use of a set of system configuration files referred to as the registry. The registry is a database repository for information about a computer's configuration. It also provides information to the operating systems which during operation continually references the registry for data on profiles for the users, for example, or the programs installed on the computer and the types of documents each can create, property settings for folders and program icons, and what hardware exists on the system and which ports are used.

The registry is organized hierarchically as a tree and is made up of keys and their subkeys and value entries for each.

The right window pane of a registry key displays the following information about the registry values of the currently selected key:

Parameter

Description

Name

The name of the registry value.

Type

The type of the registry value, possible values are String, Binary or DWord.

Data

The actual data of the registry value.

The right window pane only lists the registry values of the keys, the subkeys of the selected key are only listed in the left window pane.

The Registry node on the console allows you to execute modifications on keys and values. Take great care when using this tool. If you are not very familiar with the Registry, you can make changes which will prevent the managed device from rebooting!

This section includes following topics:

Creating key

The Registry node on the console allows you to create new keys (or subkeys) to be added to one of the Registry key folders. To create a new key, do the following:

  1. Select the Registry key folder under which the new key is to be placed.
  2. Click Edit> Create Key.
    The Create New Key pop-up dialog box opens.
  3. Enter a name for the new key.
  4. Click OK to confirm.

Creating value

The Registry node on the console allows you to create new values for an existing key in the Registry. Three different types of values can be created:

  • String Value
  • Binary Value
  • DWORD Value

    Note:

    Take great care when using this tool. If you are not very familiar with the Registry, you can make changes which will prevent the managed device from rebooting!

To create a new value do the following:

  1. Select the key for which the new value is to be created.
  2. To create the value either click

Edit > Create String Value 

Edit > Create Binary Value ,

Edit > Create DWORD Value  
The new value will automatically be created under the key and displayed in the table of the right window pane.

  1. To name the newly created value, click Edit > Properties .
    The Properties dialog box appears.
  2. Enter the required data.
  3. Click OK to confirm.
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