Registry Organization

The Registry tree is divided into five sections:

HKEY_

_CLASSES_ROOT

HKEY_

_CURRENT_USER

HKEY_

_LOCAL_MACHINE

HKEY_

_USERS

HKEY_

_CURRENT_CONFIG

These major sections are called Root Keys, much like C:\ is the root directory of your hard disk. Because the Registry can differ greatly from one operating system version to another, you'll examine the most common keys, and for the sake of simplicity, they're listed in the order in which they appear in the Registry Editor (see Figure 20-2).

The following sections examine each of the Root Keys.

© LJ HKEY_CLAS5E5_ROOT ib □ HKEY_OJRRENT_U5ER CD H KEY LOCAL MACHIN E □ HKEYU5ER5 _I HKEYCURRENTCONRG

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