Registry Hives - HKCR, HKCU, HKLM, HKU, HKCC, and HKPD

This section provides quick introductions on the Windows registry hives - top level registry keys on Windows XP systems.

Information stored in the Registry is divided into several predefined sections called "hives". A registry hive is a top level registry key predefined by the Windows system to store registry keys for specific objectives.

On my Windows XP system, the Registry has 6 registry hives:

If you run "regedit.exe" on a Windows XP system, you should see 5 visible registry hives as shown in this picture:
Registry Hives - Top Keys

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

 Introduction to Windows Explorer

 Introduction to Internet Explorer

 "Paint" Program and Computer Graphics

 GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

 JPEG Image File Format Quality and Size

 GIF Image File Format and Transparent Background

 "WinZip" - ZIP File Compression Tool

 "WinRAR" - RAR and ZIP File Compression Tool

 FTP Server, Client and Commands

 "FileZilla" - Free FTP Client and Server

 Web Server Log Files and Analysis Tool - "Analog"

 Spyware Adware Detection and Removal

 IE Addon Program Listing and Removal

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Setting Up and Using Crossover Cable Network

 Home Network Gateway - DSL Modem/Wireless Router

 Windows Task Manager - The System Performance Tool

 "tasklist" Command Line Tool to List Process Information

 "msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

 Configuring and Managing System Services

Windows Registry Key and Value Management Tools

 What Is Windows Registry?

Registry Hives - HKCR, HKCU, HKLM, HKU, HKCC, and HKPD

 Registry Supporting Files - Registry Backups

 What Is the Registry Editor - "regedit.exe"

 "regedit.exe" - Finding Registry Keys for FreeCell

 "regedit.exe" - Viewing Registry Values

 "regedit.exe" - Changing Registry Values

 "regedit.exe" - Exporting Registry Keys

 "regedit.exe" - Importing Registry Keys

 Command Line Console Registry Tool - "reg.exe"

 "reg.exe" - Query Registry Keys and Values

 Startup Programs Removal for Better System Performance

 Winsock - Windows Sockets API

 Java on Windows

 Glossary of Terms

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

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