Microsoft Windows XP Professional stores configuration information in two locations: the registry and the Active Directory service. Active Directory is only available in a domain environment and requires a computer running one of the Microsoft Windows 2000 server products configured as a domain controller. Modifications to the registry or Active Directory change the configuration of the Windows XP Professional environment. You use the following tools to modify the registry or Active Directory:
Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
Before You Begin
To complete this chapter, you must have
A computer that meets the minimum hardware requirements listed in the preface, "About This Book"
Installed the Windows XP Professional software on the computer
For information about the registry and the Registry Editor see Chapter 18, "Modifying and Troubleshooting the Boot Process."