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Registry Fever With Visual Basic

The Windows registry is the central database of any Windows PC. In this article Neville explains the registry, and shows us how to access it using both Visual Basic's functions and the Windows API.

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By: Neville Mehta
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December 20, 2002
  1. · Registry Fever With Visual Basic
  2. · Why The Registry?
  3. · The DeleteSetting Function
  4. · Using the Windows API To Access the Registry
  5. · Conclusion

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I can quite confidently predict that most of you are aware of what the registry is on a Windows PC. We could call it a central database, which stores all software and hardware related settings on your PC. The registry was introduced during the Windows 3.1 days but wasn't extensively used back then. However, in Windows 9x (and NT) the usage of the registry increased considerably. These days I wouldn't be surprised if I saw the size of anyones registry running into several megabytes.

In this article I will be talking about the Windows registry and how we can set and retrieve values from it using Visual Basic. Even if you aren't interested in knowing how to interact with the registry from Visual Basic, I am sure that you would learn a thing or two about the Windows registry, right? If so, read on...
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