The Windows® 95 Registry

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The Windows 95 Registry isn't just for professional system administrators. John Woram's The Windows 95 Registry: A Survival Guide for Users provides an excellent end-user's introduction to the registry, how to work with it, and what it can do for you. The book kicks off with two hefty chapters that provide detailed information on the structure and purpose of each registry key and an introduction to Regedit, the registry editor. This is potentially dry stuff, but the author makes clear the practical purpose of each key and why you would want to know about it. The next chapter goes into far more detail on using Regedit for customizing Windows 95, with a concentration on customizing the look and behavior of the Windows shell. Following is a section that details the instructions for backing up, restoring, and comparing registry versions. This section is oddly placed and readers will want to absorb the information it presents before attempting the practical examples in the previous chapter. Two detailed chapters on troubleshooting a corrupt registry and interpreting registry error messages round out the book. Professionals will probably want a tutorial that concentrates more on hardware, networking, and user administration aspects of the registry. However, this book gives power users what they want most--a clear overview and detailed instructions for shell customization and troubleshooting.