registry editor

Definition of registry editor in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Registry Editor?

A tool for editing the Microsoft Windows registry. The registry editor for Windows 95 and Windows 98 is called regedit, and the registry editor for Windows NT and Windows 2000 is called regedt32.

Regedit lets you search for, create, modify, and delete keys and values in the local registry; connect to a remote computer running Windows 95 or Windows 98; view or modify the registry; and import and export portions of the registry as text files with the extension .reg.

Regedt32 lets you search for, create, modify, and delete keys and values on the local or remote computer; save and restore keys for backup purposes; modify permissions; and configure auditing of registry access.

Graphic R-3. Registry editor.

NOTE

The Windows 95 and Windows 98 registry editor regedit is included in Windows NT and Windows 2000 in the %SystemRoot% directory, but you should avoid using it for editing the registry for these operating systems because it does not support all data types in the Windows NT and Windows 2000 registries.

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To avoid accidentally corrupting the registry, use the Options menu to set regedt32 to read-only mode unless you need to modify to the Windows NT or Windows 2000 registry.

To remotely modify the registry over the network on another machine running Windows 95 or Windows 98, you must have the Remote Registry service installed and user-level security enabled on the network.

If you make a mistake when you use the registry editor, your system might be rendered unbootable! Microsoft recommends against directly changing the registry if you can make the change using another method (such as using Control Panel).