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What is the Windows Registry File?

Dave, what is the Registry file, and how can I work with it in Windows XP?

I have to say it, what a great question! Us Windows folks talk about editing the registry time and again, but rarely step back and answer the basic question of what the registry actually is. Since Windows is the flagship product of Microsoft, let's start by viewing their definition:

The Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition, defines the registry as...