How to Delete Registry Key (regkey) in Windows XP and Windows Vista?

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Don’t want to delete the registry key on Windows XP or Windows Vista? You are looking for the way to modify it? Click here and find out how to edit it (How to Edit Registry Key in Windows XP and Windows Vista?)
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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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Keep in mind that deleting registry keys in the Registry Editor can be highly risky!

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

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

DELETING 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 delete the registry key, you need to find the exact registry key. 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 get rid of.

Click F3 to Find Next.

Example: I will provide you the example of deleting  the reg key named “example.”

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 -> Software-> Clients ->Example

delete regkey

Step 6. Right-click your mouse and Delete.

DELETING 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 delete the registry key, you need to find the exact registry key. You can easily navigate through the subkey.

Or, you can press Ctrl + F (or go to Edit  -> Find) to locate the key that you want to delete.

Click F3 to Find Next.

Example: I will provide you the example of how to delete the registry key on 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 7. Find the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Ali -> Example

Step 8. Right-click your mouse and Delete.

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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 want to delete the registry key on Windows XP or Windows Vista? You are looking for the way to modify it? Click here and find out how to edit it (How to Edit Registry Key in Windows XP and Windows Vista?)

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  1. bulu says:

    I have no money to give u.
    but lot of thank either is corect of incorect

    bulu

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