Registry Settings

User Key

The User Key represents the location of the value in the Windows registry. User keys are generally located under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive and affect only the current user.

System Key

The System Key represents the location of the value in the Windows registry. System keys are generally located under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE hive and affect the entire system.

Value Name

The Value Name specifies the name of the registry value that should be created or modified. Value names are not normally case sensitive.

Data Type

The Data Type specifies the the data format of the value. Typical formats include:

  • REG_SZ – for strings and text values
  • REG_DWORD – four byte number and is commonly used for boolean values. May be displaying in REGEDIT in hexadecimal and decimal format
  • REG_BINARY – stores a value as raw binary data
  • REG_EXPAND_SZ – strings containing variables to be replaced when called by an application
  • REG_MULTI_SZ – for values that contain lists or multiple values, each entry is separated by a NULL character

See the Registry Tutorial for further information.

Value Data

The Value Data specifies the acceptable data the may be written to the value.

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