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

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Don’t know 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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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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  1. rg says:

    HUGE HUGE THANKS…I had botched my Reg in deleting a some virus remnants. Could no longer access it to fix, as well, .exe files would not open. This Reg.Fix worked beautifully…..am Saving for future needs!!
    Bless You for taking the time to help us tech challenged.

  2. sharon pohl says:

    they say its very cmplicated and hard to do.I dont want anything to go wrong with my laptop. I need someone thats knows what they are doing and not someone to steal my idenity and lose some of my very important files and websites.

  3. ibrahim khaleel says:

    Many many thanks dear, you solved my DVD ROM problem (it was disabled), i read others help also like deleting upper-limit or lower-limit but there was no files with these names, finally read your post and found there was no file name “IconTitleWrap” in your specified location, so i just added a new file by right-click and name it as “IconTitleWrap ” and set data to 1 and restart my laptop, wow it works!, thanks once again.

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