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How To Edit the System Registry on a Computer

Watch more How to Understand Computer Hardware videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to edit the system registry on your computer with this tutorial. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Proceed with caution: Editing the registry can permanently damage your computer. Step 1: Create a restore point Create a Windows restore point in case you make an error. Click Start, select All Programs, choose Accessories, and select System Restore. Then follow the instructions. Go back to these saved, original settings if any errors occur. Step 2: Open registry editor Click Start and choose Run. Then type "regedit" and select OK. Tip You may have to type "regedit.exe," depending on your system. Step 3: Select a key Select a key, or main branch, contained within each of the folder icons of the registry editor that appears. There are six -- five in Windows 2000 and XP -- that begin with HKEY, in all caps. Step 4: Choose subfolder Choose a subfolder of any branch by clicking on the plus sign to the left of a folder to expand or by double-clicking the file. The right side, or value data box, will display the contents or value of the folder selected. Step 5: Modify or delete Modify any values by right-clicking the entry, selecting Modify, and then making the changes in the value data box. Delete a program by locating its key, right-clicking on it and selecting Delete, or by pressing the Delete key. Did You Know? Experienced users refer to modifying Windows through editing the registry as "hacking the registry."
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