Use of the Registry Editor

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Safety measures

Before editing the registry, it is always a good idea to back up your current registry settings. You can do this by using File > Export to create a .reg file of your entire registry (select Computer at the top of the left pane). A specific registry key you selected in the left pane can also be exported. Then, if you need to restore the registry to its unedited state, you can double-click your .reg file to do so. If you want a more complete backup, you can make a System Restore point before you edit the registry.

How to open the Registry Editor

Here is a quick way to open the Registry Editor in all of the Windows versions supported by WinZip:

  1. On the keyboard, press Windows key (the Windows key)+R
  2. In the Run dialog that opens, type: regedit
  3. Click OK
  4. Click Yes in the User Account Control dialog, if one displays

Registry Editor terms and structure

When the Registry Editor opens, you will see menus at the top, a left and right pane. Items displayed will appear similar to folders and files, but that is not what these are.

Registry Editor

Left pane: You should use the left pane to navigate to a specific key in the registry. To expand a key, click on the arrow to the left of that key. When you find the key desired and click on it, the contents will display in the right pane, provided there are items to display.

Right pane: The right pane will not display the subkeys of the key you are displaying. When you click on a key in the left pane, string values, DWORD items, and other registry items will display in the right pane.

In both panes, you can right-click in an empty area to create new items, along with other actions specific to the pane. Renaming is one of the actions you can take if you right-click on an item in that pane. To change the value of a string, or DWORD, etc in the right pane, you can double-click that item or right-click it and choose Modify.

Please be careful and only change those items identified in your instructions. By avoiding changes to major keys and confining most of your changes to items specific to the particular software, you can make changes and see the desired results.

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