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Category: Operating System

What is the Windows Registry?

The Registry is a centralized, hierarchical database that stores all application settings in standardized form. The registry was introduced with Windows 3.1 and Windows NT, replacing the less advanced mechanism of INI files.

In addition to setting for high level user-installed applications and programs, the Registry contains settings for low level components and devices of the Windows Operating System (OS).

The Registry provides features that enhance the OS security and stability. Implemented as a database, it provides database-like features such as atomic updates, strong data typing and versioning and backup/restore services.