How to Edit Registry Key (regkey) in Windows XP or Vista?

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Keep in mind that editing registry keys can be very complicated and highly risky.

Warning: Please do NOT try this unless you are absolutely positive that you might mess up the system, and, as always, it is highly recommended that you do a backup of the registry (or whole system) before making any modifications.

Note: Editing the registry is a technical process that should not be attempted by inexperienced users. Deleting or changing a wrong registry key may cause an irreparable damage and an un-bootable computer. Inexperienced users should NOT attempt these steps. If you feel uncertain in your ability to perform these steps safely, download and install an automated registry repair tool.

Here are the most common steps you might ever need to know for basic troubleshooting:

EDITING REGISTRY KEY IN WINDOWS XP:

Step 1. Go to Start.

Step 2. Click Run.

Step 3. Type “regedit” and click on OK.

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Step 4. Now it opens the Registry Editor.

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Step 5. In order to modify the registry key, you need to find the exact registry key you want to edit. In case you know what exact subkey you are looking for, you can easily navigate through the subkey.

Or, you can press Ctrl + F (or go to Edit, Find) to locate the subkey that contains the value you want to edit.

Click F3 to Find Next.

Example: I will provide you the example of editing the reg key which would restrict anonymous user accounts.

In this case, you have to make some changes in the registry.

Step 1. Go to Start.

Step 2. Click Run.

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Step 3. Type “regedit” and click on OK.

Step 4. Now it opens the Registry Editor.

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Step 5. Find the following key:

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SYSTEM -> CurrentControlSet ->LSA

Step 6. Find the existing DWORD value which is named “RestrictAnonymous

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Step 7. Set the value either to “0”, “1” or “2” from the list below:

  • 0 – Allow anonymous users
  • 1 – Restrict anonymous users
  • 2 – Allow users with explicit anonymous permissions

Finally, you might be asked to restart Windows for the change going to be effected.

EDITING REGISTRY KEY IN WINDOWS VISTA:

Step 1. Go to Start.

Step 2. Type “regedit” in Search files and folders section.

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Step 3. Click Enter.

Step 4. Open the Windows Registry.

Step 5. Click OK to continue the procedure.

Step 6. Now you are on the Windows Registry.

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Step 5. In order to modify the registry key, you need to find the exact registry key you want to edit. In case you know what exact subkey you are looking for, you can easily navigate through the subkey.

Or, you can press Ctrl + F (or go to Edit  -> Find) to locate the subkey that contains the value you want to edit.

Click F3 to Find Next.

Example: I will provide you the example of how you can edit windows registry in order to control the icon titles. You can either choose the icon titles to be word wrapped over multiple lines, or shown in one longer line.

Step 1. Go to Start.

Step 2. Type “regedit” in Search files and folders section.

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Step 3. Click Enter.

Step 4. Open the Windows Registry.

Step 5. Click OK to continue the procedure.

Step 6. Now you are on the Windows Registry.

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Step 7. Find the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Control Panel -> Desktop -> Window Metrics

Step 8. Find the existing DWORD value which is named “IconTitleWrap .”

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Step 9. Set the value either to “0” or “1”:

  • 0 – disabled
  • 1 – enabled.

You might be asked to restart your computer in order to make the changes visible.

Keep in mind that any changes in Windows Registry should be taken with caution. Be sure you know what you are doing.

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You aren’t sure how to find and edit the registry key in Windows 7, click the link and learn how to do that (How to Edit Registry Key in Windows 7).

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Don’t know how to delete a registry key in Windows XP or Vista? Find that out right now! How to Delete Registry Key (regkey) in Windows XP and Windows Vista?

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How to unregister a dll file in Windows XP or Vista?

A DLL file, also known as Dynamic Link Library, is a file containing different functions which are mostly used across multiple applications. In order to unregister a dll file to troubleshoot a problem in Windows XP or Vista, follow these instructions:

1. OPEN COMMAND PROMPT:

  • From START menu select RUN option.
  • Type “cmd” (without the quotation marks) . This calls up the Windows Command Prompt.

2. NAVIGATE TO THE EXACT LOCATION OF DLL:

  • Type “regsvr32 /u filename.dll” where “filename” is the name of the DLL that you are trying to unregister.

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  • Press ENTER.
  • After you press ENTER,  the confirmation window stating “DllUnregisterServer in (file name) succeeded” will be displayed.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Please keep in mind that this involves system modification and can be highly risky.

It’s always recommended to keep a system backup handy, in case things go wrong.

Here is an example how to unregister a file smbdlib.dll:

Video 1. How to Unregister a dll File?

How to stop or kill a process in Windows XP or Vista?

Don’t know how to find and delete a file in Windows XP or Windows Vista? Click here for all the information How to Find and Delete a File in Windows XP or Vista?

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Why would you need to kill a process in Windows XP or Vista?

We sometimes need to stop a process to diagnose a system problem, such as removing Spyware or computer viruses. One of the easiest yet most efficient way to accomplish this is to use the built-in Task Manager in Windows XP or Windows Vista. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Press “Alt+Ctrl+Delete.”
  2. Click on “Task Manager“. You can also launch the Task Manager instantly if you press Ctrl + Shift + ESC simultaneously. This is much easier than accessing it from Ctrl + Alt + Delete or the taskbar. It works for both Windows XP or Windows Vista.
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3. Select the process that you want to stop, then click on “End Task“.

It’s advised not to stop a system process. Stopping a system process can cause the computer to hang or freeze up.

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Windows Vista Upgrade Workaround

How do upgrade from Windows XP to Vista without buying a full version?

There’re a few articles circulating the web on how to upgrade to a full version of Windows Vista from scratch, and only paying the cost of an upgrade from ealier versions of Windows. This is first reported by Marc Liron on his website.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Install the upgrade version of Vista without entering the product key.
  2. Wait until the Vista files have been copied across, start the installation again instead of activating it.
  3. Completed.

That’s it.

Please keep in mind that this is in violation of Microsoft License Agreement. We highly recommend you to purchase a full version after 30 days trial.

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