Windows Registry Troubleshooting

This course teaches how to troubleshoot any kind of Registry problem in Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
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Rating
(11)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
May 3, 2017
Duration
1h 34m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(11)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
May 3, 2017
Duration
1h 34m
Description

Nothing happens on a PC without the Registry being involved. This "nervous system" for your PC controls everything from start-up, to software installation, driver management, and configuration. This course, Windows Registry Troubleshooting, will take you on a deep-dive into the Registry, showing you what's what, and how to repair any type of Registry problem for multiple users on a PC. You'll also explore the tools and utilities available to help you edit and manage the Registry. Finally, you'll learn how to manually control and manipulate Registry entries for troubleshooting. By the end of this course, you'll have an understanding of troubleshooting Windows Registry and the best methods for doing so.

About the author
About the author

Mike was first awarded as a Microsoft MVP in 2011 and is a recognized technical expert in the Windows experience and troubleshooting with more than a dozen books published, including Beginning Windows 10 and Windows 10 Troubleshooting.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, I'm Mike Halsey. I'm a Microsoft MVP awardee and the author of many books on Windows troubleshooting, and I'm excited to bring you this short course on how to troubleshoot registry problems in Microsoft Windows. The Windows registry is at the root of everything that happens on a PC, from hardware and software driver usage, to app functionality, domain connectivity, and manageability, which makes the registry itself a massive and deeply technical and complicated database. Managing and working with a registry is further complicated by the use of various editing tools, all of which perform different functions to others. This course will guide you through the maze that is the Windows registry and show you in Windows 7, Windows 8. 1, and Windows 10 how to manage, maintain, and troubleshoot any type of registry issue, from small corruptions to major misconfigurations. Some of the major topics we'll cover include how to navigate the registry, what's what and what's where, the tools and utilities available to help you edit and manage the registry, and how to manually control and manipulate registry entries for troubleshooting. By the end of this course, you'll be able to perform any kind of manageability and troubleshooting operation within the registry. I hope you'll join me on this journey and learn how to troubleshoot the Windows registry at Pluralsight.

Exploring the Windows Registry Architecture
Hi, I'm Mike Halsey, and welcome to Windows Registry Troubleshooting. In this course I'm going to teach you everything you need to know to delve deep into the Registry in Windows 7, Windows 8. 1, and Windows 10 and troubleshoot and repair problems with it. So let's begin by having a look at what we're going to cover during this course. We'll begin by having a deep dive into the architecture of the Windows Registry. This includes all of the registry files, of which there are actually many, and the different keys and what they do. We'll move on to looking at tools and utilities that you can use to work with and manipulate the registry. You may already be familiar with Regedit, but there are plenty more. Then we'll look at how you troubleshoot a corrupted registry, and what additional tools and utilities are available to help you do this. Before finishing, by looking at how you troubleshoot other users' registries. This is going to include registries on both the local and on remote PCs. Now I just want to take a moment to explain how I'm going to differentiate the different versions of Windows, because there may be subjects that I cover where they are only applicable to one or two different Windows versions. So you'll see here that I'm color coding Windows 7, Windows 8. 1, and Windows 10, and when you see these colors you'll know that what I'm explaining is relevant to only those editions of Windows.

Using Registry Tools and Utilities
In this module we're going to look at the different tools and utilities and command line tools, as well, that you can use to manage, edit, and generally administer and work with the registry. So let's have a look at what we're going to cover. We're going to start with Regedit, the utility within Windows that enables you to edit the registry, it seems like a logical place to start. And then we'll move on to the command line versions, there's two of them, within Windows, reg. exe and regini. exe. Not everybody likes using the command line, some people prefer PowerShell. So I'll show you how you can modify and work with a registry using PowerShell. Then we'll look at Microsoft's Sysinternals suite, namely the Process Monitor and how you can use this to work with and get information from the registry. And we'll finish up by looking at some of the different registry cleaners and repair utilities that are available today.

Troubleshooting a Corrupt Registry
Okay, so so far in this course we've looked at what the Windows Registry is and how it is made up, and how you can get information about it, and how you can work with it, and edit it, and maintain it. But, what if the registry is really corrupted and you need to fix problems with it, because after all, this is why we're all here. So, let's have a look at what we're going to cover in this module. We'll begin by looking at what it is that causes registry corruptions in the first place, and believe me, it's quite a long list of things that can cause problems. Then we'll move onto ways that you can fix those problems, the System File Checker being the first, it's a fantastic, and very hidden little tool that is in every version of Windows, but that you might not know about. Then we'll look at System Restore, which you probably will know about, that is again in every version of Windows. We'll look up Automatic Start-up Repair, which works slightly differently in different editions of Windows, the last known good configuration, again works slightly different, in different versions of Windows. And then we'll look at rolling back faulty and corrupt hardware and software device drivers.

Troubleshooting Other Users’ Registries
If you work in IT support, especially within a business of any size, then you will inevitably, at some point, want to, or need to, manipulate and manage the registry of another user, either on a single PC or across a network. And that's what we're going to look at in this module. So let's begin by looking at what we're going to cover. We'll begin by looking at how you connect to other registry files on a single PC. Then, we'll move onto looking at how you connect to those registry files on a PC by starting the PC from recovery media, because you may be in a situation where the registry is corrupt, needs repair because the PC won't start or Windows won't start. We'll move on to how you then connect to registries of other PCs on other PCs across a network, before finishing up by looking at how you can compare different registry files so that you can troubleshoot problems.