The Registry Editor

The RAM in your computer is short term memory, which is cleared when you restart the computer. The Registry in your operating system is the long term memory of the operating system. The Registry Editor helps you to make manual changes to this memory.

Have you used the Registry Editor before? If not, it’s a scary tool, but it’s pretty simple once you get used to it. Read Annoyances: Introduction to the Registry.

As an example, say you need to Change or to Delete the Value NodeType in Registry Key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netbt\Parameters], as instructed separately.

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netbt\Parameters].
  2. Right click on the Parameters entry in the registry tree, and select Export. By specifying a file name and a folder, you can backup the Values in the …Parameters key.
  3. Change or Delete the Value.
    • To Change the Value, doubleclick on it, and type the appropriate value. Hit OK.
    • To Delete the Value, rightclick on it, and choose Delete. Hit OK.
  4. Reboot to ensure that the system accepts the change.
  5. If you experience any problems, simply locate the file created in step #2, and doubleclick on it. Its contents will be automatically merged back into the registry, reversing any changes you just made.
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