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How to search through the Windows registry

search Windows registry

The Registry Editor is an advanced tool for viewing and modifying settings in the registry. This information contains information about how your computer runs etc. See the following hyperlinks for some Windows Registry contents I have written. What is Registry Editor and how to access the registry hives, and how to search through the Windows registry. You can view and find system information via the Windows registry. To view System Information using the MSINFO32 and Systeminfo switch. Windows stores its configuration information in a database called the registry and this is organized in a tree format.

Although Registry Editor enables you to inspect and modify the registry, normally you do not need to do so, and making incorrect changes can break your system. An advanced user who is prepared to both edit and restore the registry can safely use Registry Editor for such tasks as eliminating duplicate entries or deleting entries for programs that have been uninstalled or deleted.

It is relatively very easy to search through Registry for keys that might apply to a particular aspect of Windows or software that you may want to change.  However, careful measures should be taken on how changing key, strings etc., since you may not be sure what the reference you find in the registry actually does. Be careful!!!

You can search the Registry by choosing “Find” under the Edit menu, or pressing Ctrl+F.

Windows registry search

This will launch the “Find” window as shown below

registry search

In the “Find” field, type in your search term and click on “Find Next”.

Here, decide what you want to search for, such as Keys, Value Names, or Value Data, or any combination of these.
– Here I will be searching for bios related registry settings as shown below

searching registry

This will search through the entire registry database as shown below

And the following “BIOS” related registry information will be displayed as shown below.

For what the Registry Editor is and how to access the registry hives, see the following link. For more details on Windows tweak via the registry, see this link.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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