Solved Can I search Windows XP registry?

June 29, 2013 at 08:29:04
Specs: Windows XP
Can I search the registry-quickly?
I used Find and it found what wanted, but didn't tell me where to look for it in the registry. The find also doesn't seem to work unless the folder is open (I had most of them open).

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#1
June 29, 2013 at 09:05:53
✔ Best Answer
Use extreme cautions when using registry editing/modifying tools

Within regedit, you can search keys under menu>edit>find. To start regedit windows key r, then type regedit and hit enter.

Edit or modify things at your own risk, some modifications can cause degeneration of computers operation or un-usability

:: mike


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#2
June 29, 2013 at 09:35:39
I agree with #1, be very careful editing inside of the registry. I have used a great free program that should search the registry much better than the Find option, it is called Regscanner: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/regsca...

You've been helped by a 15 year old.


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#3
June 29, 2013 at 15:36:08
The registry has it's own find (Edit > Find) but the mere fact that you are asking such a basic registry question makes it seem you are not competent to be going there. If this is the case you could easily wreck things.

XP does not need folders to be open in order for it to find their contents, provided you are doing it via the Start button or the right place in Windows Explorer.

It would be far better to let us know what the problem is you are trying to fix.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
June 29, 2013 at 17:24:03
I've got the stupid recycler virus.
I need to search the folders HKEY_LOCAL... AND HKEY-CURRENT.... for NoDriveTypeAutoRun and replace the entry value.
I opened every folder and could find nothing like that yet when I tried the FIND on the EDIT menu one entry popped up. It didn't direct me to the location for the NoDriveTypeAutoRun entry and I haven't been able to locate it since (perhaps because I'd need to open all the folders again?)
Just looking for a simpler way to find the that entry.

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#5
June 29, 2013 at 17:35:19
Sorry for confusion - I thought you meant Windows Explorer (folders are called keys in the registry).

They should show, but it's possible that these entries are being hidden by the virus. Not sure if this would help (never used it):
http://www.supportforums.net/showth...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
June 29, 2013 at 18:03:10
Looks too complicated for me. Probably I'll keep trying to find a free recycler remover.

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#7
June 29, 2013 at 19:01:19
Free Online Virus Scanners:

Trendmicro's House Call - http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

Bitdefender - http://www.bitdefender.com/scanner/...

ESET - http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/

Panda Security - http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeus...


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#8
June 29, 2013 at 20:26:43
I believe scanners are only good for finding out if you have a virus.
Think I may have solved the problem ...for now.

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#9
June 29, 2013 at 21:04:46
Just FYI, while in the registry, press the F3 key and it will bring up the search option. Enter the text you want to search for and hit enter. Press F3 to search for the next instance of that word in the registry.

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#10
July 1, 2013 at 06:34:18
Sounds same as find option but thanks I'll try it.

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#11
July 1, 2013 at 12:06:00
Yes, F3 is exactly the same as Find option but often more convenient, especially when using Find Next.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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