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REVIEW: Microsoft Windows XP Registry Guide.


Every version of Microsoft Windows from Windows 3.1 through to today's Windows XP has relied heavily on a list configurations which the average user probably barely knows about. The registry is the area of the application which ties everything together and allows everything to work.

As the author, Jerry Honeycutt, explains at the beginning of this manual, the registry is the heart and soul of the Windows operating system and barely a routine (trivial or application-changing) happens without the registry being referred to in some way. This makes the registry an enormously powerful piece of kit yet Microsoft offers very little information on it.

Because of the all-encompassing power of the registry this reviewer in particular (and I'm sure I'm not alone on this one) has tended to avoid playing with it. Honeycutt has attempted, and generally succeeded, to demystify this secretive collection of instructions to help the IT professional or power user to get the most out of the operating system.

Although the book is interspersed with some scary looking extracts of code it is kept relatively lighthearted and doesn't get too bogged down no matter how technical it gets. This doesn't mean that the average PC user will be able to use, or even want to apply, the concepts discussed but it's enjoyable to have a dry subject described in a fun way.

The most important aspect of the book is that it gives the power user the chance to play with the operating system in ways they would not have been able to do previously. They can run routines and set up options that the GUI won't allow and create policies which will save time and energy in the future when deploying the operating system across different machines. It teaches you how to create user profiles, customise policies and increase efficiency across every Windows application. It even tells you how to do all of this remotely.

Apart from the first few chapters, which offer the grounding needed to fully understand the rest of the book, this is not a cover-to-cover read. As such the reader will rely heavily on the adequate index and the excellent appendices for reference.

CONCLUSION: A valuable resource for any Windows professional or power user. Not the easiest of topics to pick up but this book will have you editing the registry with confidence in no time.

Title: Microsoft Windows XP Registry Guide Author: Jerry Honeycutt Published by: Microsoft Press ISBN: 0-7356-1788-0 Price: USD39.99 Reviewer: Jamie Ayres

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