The registry is the most important file on your PC. Almost every setting and configuration option for Windows and for every installed program is held in the registry. Browsing through the registry is both harmless and educational, although editing its contents can cause problems if you don't know what you're doing.
For such a crucial file, Microsoft's registry editor tool that's bundled with Windows is, frankly, very poor. It's tricky to use, and very difficult to find what you're looking for. The search facility is present, but it is not easy to use and it doesn't display the results in a usable way.
That's why I'm rather a fan of a program called Registry Finder. It's a registry editor for Windows, which also has a much improved search facility that displays all its results in a single pane so you can look through them for precisely the entry you want.
As before, editing the registry is still not advisable unless you know what you're doing, but it's a much more friendly way to find all the registry entries related to a single program or feature.
Registry Finder is a 4 MB download from www.registry-finder.com and it's free. The file is malware-free according to VirusTotal, and the download site is rated as reputable by Web of Trust.
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