How to open the registry

September 2016

The Windows registry stores all the information, options and settings about the operating system. It is possible to open the registry and edit the registry settings through the regedit command. The registry contains vital data and any change in the settings could lead to a configuration error or even a system crash. It is advisable to back-up the registry before trying to open it up and making changes in the registry settings. The regedit command must be run from the command prompt. The registry window will open, listing all the information in a easily accessible and editable format.
This article tells us how to open a registry in XP and Vista. The registry is the path that stores options for a Windows operating system. It helps you to trace and access a file.

This document covers the topic of opening a registry in two parts. It explains the procedure for both Windows XP and Windows Vista. This simple procedure is described with screen shots, making it easy for the user to access the necessary file he needs to.

The computer registry is a place where all the information is stored about how a system runs. It is not advisable to open or edit it unless it is absolutely necessary. Editing errors can lead to a system break-down.

The registry is a directory path that stores options and settings for the Windows operating system. The registry allows you to access files that are difficult to track. However, it is highly recommended to be very careful, and 100% sure of any configurations made in the registry.

For Windows XP

  • To open registry, go to Start and select Run.
  • Type regedit in the window and click "OK".
  • The registry window will be open as below:


For Windows Vista

  • Click on Start and type regedit in the window.
  • Click on Continue in the next window to open the registry.

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