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Description of the HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG Registry Key in Windows Me/98/95

Article ID: 250565

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


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

This article was previously published under Q250565


This article describes the HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG registry key in Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium Edition (Me).


The HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG registry key is stored in the System.dat file. This key points to the current computer configuration in the collection of configurations stored in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Config\000x key, which contains the current hardware configuration (where x refers to the configuration number). For example, if you have a docked and an undocked mode for your portable computer, you have the following subkeys for each configuration:


The Display subkey specifies screen fonts and screen settings, such as resolution. The Enum subkey contains subkeys that specify Plug and Play BIOS and the System subkey contains subkeys that list available printers.

For additional information, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

250405 Description of the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Registry Branch Subkeys

250447 Description of Typical Control Subkeys of the HKLM Registry Key

250530 Description of Subkeys Contained in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Enum

250534 Plug and Play Components in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Enum\Bios Subkey

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