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Description of Typical Services Registry Keys Under Hkey_Local_Machine

Article ID: 250448

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


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

This article was previously published under Q250448

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.


This article describes some typical registry subkeys you may find under the following Windows registry key:



The Services registry key consists of information to control the loading and configuration of drivers and file systems. The value data under the Services key controls how the services call each other. The settings for drivers that appear under the Services subkeys can be changed by using Control Panel or system policies.

'Registry Subkey'

Subkeys for each installed system agent, such as Microsoft Network Monitor, SNMP, or network backup agents.

Subkeys for arbitrators required to manage resources between competing devices, usually including address, DMA, I/O, and IRQ arbitrators.

Subkeys for all classes of devices the operating system supports, such as disk drives, keyboard, display, mouse, and so on.

Subkeys for 32-bit, protected-mode network providers, including logon and security provider information.

Subkeys for all virtual device drivers, including disk drivers, network components, disk caches, and so on.

NOTE: Depending on the computer, you may have keys for Inetaccess, RemoteAccess, ProtectedStorage and other installed services.

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