Structure and Use of Windows Server 2008 Registry and 8 Ways to Gain Competitive Advantage

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MS-DOS and later Microsoft Windows relied on .ini files for defining a taxonomy of values or characteristics that defined the attributes of a system, the relative role of device drivers, and the definition of account permissions. These settings were significantly different than those of the Registry today, which can track multiple user accounts and device settings,
The Windows Server 2008 Registry is comprised of a series of five hives, as shown in the table below. Microsoft made the transition from config.sys and autoexec.bat to Registries initially with the Windows NY operating system. Each hive has a series of supporting files, in addition to specific, predefined locations for backup of data as well. The one exception is the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive which resides at the location %SystemRoot%System32Config folder. Microsoft chose to begin storing the values of this hive at that specific location beginning with Windows 2000, progressing through Windows NT, XP, and Windows Server 2003. The following table provides an overview of the structure of the Windows Server 200 Registry.

Registry hive
Supporting files
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESAM
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