Microsoft KB Archive/250409

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Article ID: 250409

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95

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This article describes the type of information listed in the HKEY registry keys in Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, and Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me).


The Windows registry consists of six root keys, each of which contains configuration data that is both user and hardware specific.


This key points to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes registry key, which describes certain software settings. This key displays essential information about OLE and association mappings to support drag-and-drop operations, Windows shortcuts (which are OLE links), and core aspects of the Windows user interface.


This key contains user-specific settings that are built from information in the HKEY_USERS key during the logon process.


This key contains computer-specific information about the type of hardware installed and software settings. This information is used for all users who log on to the computer. This key has several subkeys.


This key contains information (generic and user-specific) about all the users who log on to the computer. The generic settings are available to all users who log on to the computer. The information is made up of default settings for programs, desktop configurations, and so on. This key contains subkeys for each user that logs on to the computer.


This key handles Plug and Play and contains information about the current configuration of a multiple hardware configuration computer (for example, settings for a docking station). This key is a pointer to one of the configuration keys of the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Config key; the configuration key (000x for example, 0001) that contains information about the current configuration of hardware attached to the computer.


Dynamic data (data stored in RAM on the computer) is contained in this key. This information may change as devices are added or removed from the computer. The information for each device includes the related hardware key and the device's current status, including problems. Device Manager uses this data to show the current hardware configuration, and this data is used to constantly update System Monitor.

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