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Microsoft® Windows® XP Registry Guide
Author Jerry Honeycutt
Pages 528
Disk N/A
Level Advanced
Published 09/11/2002
ISBN 9780735617889
ISBN-10 0-7356-1788-0
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Table of Contents


Introductionxxi
PART I  REGISTRY OVERVIEW 
1  CHAPTER 3
    Learning the Basics3
    Heart and Soul of Windows XP3
        For Power Users5
        For IT Professionals5
    Registry Warnings and Myths7
    Must-Know Concepts8
        Security Identifiers8
        Globally Unique Identifiers11
        Hexadecimal Notation11
        Bits and Bit Masks13
        Little-Endian and Big-Endian14
        ANSI and Unicode Encoding15
        Null and Empty Strings15
    Structure of the Registry16
        Keys16
        Values18
        Types19
    Organization of the Registry22
        HKEY_USERS23
        HKEY_CURRENT_USER24
        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE25
        HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT26
        HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG27
    Registry Management Tools27
    Registry Hive Files28
        Hives in HKLM29
        Hives in HKU29
2  Using the Registry Editor31
    Running Regedit32
    Exploring Regedit33
        Key Pane34
        Value Pane36
    Searching for Data36
        Searching Incrementally38
        Searching in Binary Values38
        Bookmarking Favorite Keys39
        Using Better Techniques40
    Editing the Registry41
        Changing Values42
        Adding Keys or Values45
        Deleting Keys or Values45
        Renaming Keys or Values46
    Printing the Registry46
    Exporting Settings to Files48
        Registration Files50
        Win9x/NT4 Registration Files51
        Hive Files52
        Text Files52
    Working with Hive Files53
    Getting Beyond Basics54
3  Backing Up the Registry55
    Editing the Registry Safely56
        Copying Single Values56
        Backing Up to REG Files58
        Backing Up to Hive Files59
    Fixing Corrupt Settings61
        Allowing Windows XP to Fix Errors62
        Repairing an Application's Settings63
        Removing Programs from the Registry64
        Using Another Computer's Settings66
    Using System Restore66
        Taking Configuration Snapshots68
        Peeking Under the Covers69
        Managing System Restore71
        Hacking System Restore72
        Scripting System Restore73
    Backing Up the Registry Regularly73
        Planning a Backup Strategy75
        Backing Up System State Data76
        Restoring System State Data78
    Backing Up User Settings79
    Recovering from Disasters79
        Advanced Options Menu80
        Recovery Console81
        Automated System Recovery83
4  Hacking the Registry85
    Redirecting Special Folders86
    Customizing Shell Folders88
        Renaming Desktop Icons91
        Using Custom Icon Images92
        Adding Desktop Icons92
        Hiding Desktop Icons94
    Customizing File Associations95
        Running Programs from My Computer96
        Open Command Prompts at Folders98
        Rooting Windows Explorer at a Folder99
        Adding InfoTips to Program Classes101
    Adding File Templates103
    Preventing Messenger from Running104
    Personalizing the Start Menu104
        Configuring the Menu's Contents105
        Trimming the Frequently Used Programs List107
        Restoring the Sort Order107
    Customizing Internet Explorer108
        Extending the Shortcut Menus109
        Changing the Toolbar Background110
        Customizing Search URLs110
    Clearing History Lists113
    Running Programs at Startup114
    Controlling Registry Editor114
        Default Action for REG Files114
        Storing Window Position and Size115
    Logging On Automatically115
    Changing User Information116
    Looking for More Hacks116
5 Mapping Tweak UI119
    General120
        Focus122
    Mouse123
        Hover124
        Wheel124
        X-Mouse125
    Explorer125
        Shortcut127
        Colors127
        Thumbnails128
        Command Keys128
    Common Dialog Boxes129
    Taskbar131
        Grouping131
        XP Start Menu132
    Desktop133
        First Icon134
    My Computer134
        Drives134
        Special Folders135
        AutoPlay136
    Control Panel138
    Templates138
    Internet Explorer139
        Search139
        View Source141
    Command Prompt141
    Logon141
        Autologon142
PART II  REGISTRY IN MANAGEMENT 
6  Using Registry-Based Policy145
    Editing Local Policies146
        Group Policy Extensions149
        Registry-Based Policy149
        Group Policy Storage152
    Extending Registry-Based Policy153
        Comments155
        Strings155
        CLASS156
        CATEGORY157
        KEYNAME158
        POLICY158
        EXPLAIN160
        VALUENAME161
        VALUEON and VALUEOFF161
        ACTIONLIST161
        PART162
        CHECKBOX165
        COMBOBOX166
        DROPDOWNLIST168
        EDITTEXT170
        LISTBOX171
        NUMERIC173
        TEXT175
    Deploying Registry-Based Policy175
        Windows 2000 Server-Based Networks176
        Windows NT-Based and Other Networks177
    Customizing Windows XP178
    Using the Group Policy Tools181
        Gpresult181
        Gpupdate182
        Help and Support Center183
        Resultant Set of Policy184
    Finding More Resources185
7  Managing Registry Security187
    Setting Keys' Permissions188
        Adding Users to ACLs189
        Removing Users from ACLs190
        Assigning Special Permissions191
    Mapping Default Permissions192
    Taking Ownership of Keys198
    Auditing Registry Access198
    Preventing Local Registry Access200
    Restricting Remote Registry Access200
    Deploying Security Templates201
        Creating a Security Management Console202
        Choosing a Predefined Security Template203
        Building a Custom Security Template204
        Analyzing a Computer's Configuration205
        Modifying a Computer's Configuration207
        Deploying Security Templates on the Network208
8  Finding Registry Settings209
    Comparing REG Files210
        Using WinDiff212
        Using Word 2002213
    Comparing with Reg.exe215
    Auditing the Registry216
        Setting Audit Policy216
        Auditing Registry Keys217
        Analyzing the Results218
    Monitoring the Registry218
        Using Winternals Regmon219
        Filtering for Better Results220
PART III  REGISTRY IN DEPLOYMENT 
9  Scripting Registry Changes225
    Choosing a Technique226
    Installing INF Files227
        Starting with a Template228
        Linking Sections Together231
        Adding Keys and Values232
        Deleting Keys and Values233
        Setting and Clearing Bits234
        Using Strings in INF Files236
    Setting Values with REG Files238
        Exporting Settings to REG Files239
        Creating REG Files Manually241
        Encoding Special Characters242
        Deleting Keys Using a REG File242
    Editing from the Command Prompt242
        Adding Keys and Values244
        Querying Values245
        Deleting Keys and Values246
        Comparing Keys and Values246
        Copying Keys and Values247
        Exporting Keys to REG Files248
        Importing REG Files248
        Saving Keys to Hive Files248
        Restoring Hive Files to Keys249
        Loading Hive Files249
        Unloading Hive Files249
    Scripting Using Windows Script Host250
        Creating Script Files250
        Running Script Files253
        Formatting Key and Value Names254
        Adding and Updating Values255
        Removing Keys and Values255
        Querying Registry Values256
    Creating Windows Installer Packages257
10  Deploying User Profiles259
    Exploring User Profiles260
        Profile Hives262
        Profile Folders264
        Special Profiles266
    Getting User Profiles268
        Local Profiles268
        Roaming Profiles269
    Using Roaming User Profiles270
        Managing Roaming User Profiles272
        Understanding Fast Network Logon274
        Understanding the New Merge275
    Deploying Default User Profiles276
        Customizing User Settings278
        Cleaning User Profiles279
        Creating Default User Folders281
        Deploying Default User Folders282
    Coexisting with Earlier Versions of Windows283
    Migrating User Settings to Windows XP284
        Files And Settings Transfer Wizard284
        User State Migration Tool285
11  Mapping Windows Installer287
    Repairing Registry Settings288
    Managing Windows Installer with Policies289
        Installing with Elevated Privileges292
        Caching Transforms in Secure Location292
        Locking Down Windows Installer293
    Removing Windows Installer Data294
        Msizap.exe294
        Msicuu.exe296
    Inventorying Applications296
12  Deploying with Answer Files299
    Creating Distribution Folders300
    Customizing Answer Files302
        Setup Manager306
        Notepad and Other Text Editors308
    Adding Settings to Unattend.txt310
        [GuiRunOnce]310
        Cmdlines.txt312
    Logging On Automatically After Installation312
13  Cloning Disks with Sysprep315
    Cloning Windows XP316
        Windows XP Tools317
        Sysprep Limitations318
    Building a Disk Image320
        Customizing Mini-Setup320
        Preparing for Duplication323
        Cloning the Disk Image324
    Reducing Image Count326
        Filling SysprepMassStorage Manually327
        Filling SysprepMassStorage Automatically328
        Cleaning Up After Sysprep328
    Mapping Sysprep Settings329
    Keeping Perspective331
14  Microsoft Office XP User Settings333
    Profile Wizard334
        Customizing the Wizard335
        Capturing Settings344
        Deploying Settings345
    Custom Installation Wizard346
        Add/Remove Registry Entries347
        Customize Default Application Settings348
        Change Office User Settings350
        Add Installations and Run Programs351
    Custom Maintenance Wizard352
    Group and System Policy352
15  Working Around IT Problems355
    Controlling Just-in-Time Setup356
        Outlook Express357
        Windows Media Player358
        Desktop Themes358
        Other Shortcuts359
    Removing Components361
        Answer File [Components] Section361
        Extending Windows Components Wizard363
        Removing Components After Installation364
        Hiding Non-Removable Components365
    Removing Policy Tattoos367
    Elevating Processes' Privileges369
        Group Policy369
        Secondary Logon370
        Scheduled Tasks371
        AutoLogon372
    Severing File Associations374
    Deploying Office XP Trusted Sources375
    Enabling Remote Desktop Remotely376
    Customizing the Windows XP Logon376
PART IV  APPENDICES 
A  File Associations379
    Merge Algorithm379
    File Extension Keys380
        OpenWithList381
        PerceivedType381
        ShellNew382
    Program Class Keys382
        DefaultIcon383
        EditFlags384
        Shell385
    Specialized Keys387
        Applications387
        SystemFileAssociations388
        Unknown388
    COM Class Keys388
B  Per-User Settings391
    AppEvents392
    Console393
    Control Panel394
        Desktop395
        Desktop\Window Metrics399
        Mouse401
    Environment402
    Keyboard Layout402
    Network403
    Printers403
    SessionInformation403
    Software404
        Classes404
        Microsoft\Command Processor405
        Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard406
        Microsoft\Internet Explorer406
        Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt407
        Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL408
        Microsoft\MessengerService409
        Microsoft\Office410
        Microsoft\Search Assistant412
        Microsoft\VBA\Trusted412
        Policies413
    Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion414
        Explorer\Advanced415
        Explorer\AutoComplete417
        Explorer\ComDlg32418
        Explorer\HideDesktopIcons418
        Explorer\HideMyComputerIcons418
        Explorer\MenuOrder418
        Explorer\RecentDocs419
        Explorer\RunMRU419
        Explorer\User Shell Folders419
C  Per-Computer Settings421
    HARDWARE422
        DESCRIPTION423
        DEVICEMAP423
    SAM424
    SECURITY425
    SOFTWARE425
        Classes425
        Clients426
        Microsoft\Active Setup427
        Microsoft\Command Processor427
        Microsoft\Driver Signing428
        Microsoft\InternetExplorer429
        Microsoft\Sysprep429
        Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion430
        Policies430
    SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion431
        App Paths432
        Applets432
        Explorer432
        Explorer\AutoplayHandlers432
        Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace433
        Explorer\FindExtensions434
        Explorer\HideDesktopIcons434
        Explorer\HideMyComputerIcons434
        Explorer\MyComputer434
        Explorer\NetworkNeighborhood\NameSpace435
        Explorer\RemoteComputer\NameSpace435
        Explorer\StartMenu435
        Explorer\User Shell Folders435
        Explorer\VisualEffects436
        Policies436
        Run436
        RunOnce436
        Uninstall437
    SYSTEM437
        CurrentControlSet\Control437
        CurrentControlSet\Enum439
        CurrentControlSet\Hardware Profiles439
        CurrentControlSet\Services440
D  Group Policies443
    Conf.adm444
    Inetcorp.adm445
    Inetres.adm446
    Inetset.adm452
    System.adm453
    Wmplayer.adm485
INDEX487



Last Updated: September 10, 2002
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