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1. a place where registers are kept, such as the part of a church where the bride and groom sign a register after a wedding
2. the registration of a ship's country of origin
3. another word for registration
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
RegistryThe configuration database in Windows starting with Windows 95. The Registry contains settings for the hardware, system software and applications in the PC. It comprises the SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT files, and there are separate Registry entries for the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. A PC with many applications can easily have a hundred thousand or more entries in the Registry.
In the earlier Windows 3.x versions, the Registry database held a few settings, and all others were stored in the WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI text files (see WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI).
Better at the Control Panels
Routine access to the hardware and software configuration is done via the Control Panels and Properties menus. Right clicking an icon in Explorer and selecting Properties displays information about the device, data, program or application. See Win Registry and Registry cleaner.
The Last Resort - Control Key Location Fix
The Registry can be edited directly; however, that is usually only done when there is no other remedy. The following example is a Registry fix that enables users to switch the poorly placed keyboard Control Key to the more convenient Caps Lock location.
1. Click Start menu 2. Type: regedit and press Enter key 3. Click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 4. Click SYSTEM 5. Click CurrentControlSet 6 Click Control 7. Click KeyBoard Layout 8. Right click KeyBoard Layout 9. Click New 10. Click Binary value 11. Rename New Value #1 to Scancode Map 12. Right click Scancode Map 13. Click Modify and press Enter 14. Enter the following digits: 0000 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 000008 03 00 00 00 1d 00 3a 000010 3a 00 1d 00 00 00 00 000018
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