Registry Explorer displays the registry as a normal Windows folder--so whatever pros and cons exist in Windows Explorer exist in Registry Explorer as well. The keys behave like directories in the file system, and the values like files. You can navigate via buttons, and drag and drop items in the directory structure. You can use the program to create backups of your registry keys and change a key's permissions. Registry Explorer also lets you create registry files that can be exported and used on other computers. As with Regedit, this free program should only be downloaded by experienced users.
What's new in version 1.4
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedJuly 18, 2002
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Registry Explorer can be used to replace Windows' Regedit. This software takes integration with Windows to a new level. It is based on shell-extension technology. After you install the software, your desktop will contain a new item called Registry that you can use to explore your registry just as with your file system. The software features dragging and dropping and copying and pasting for easily moving values, inserting new keys and different values, and editing and renaming values. You can use the Find function to search the registry. On Windows 2000, you can even edit a key's permissions, just as with Regedt32. The software also lets you link to the registry from a Web page. You can create inverse registry files that delete selected keys or values instead of adding them. A handy feature is the ability to copy the key name or the full registry key path. You can put the registry folder wherever you like: on your desktop, in My Computer, or in a file system folder. New in version 1.4 is the ability to create backups of keys and restore these later, and the ability to load and unload hives. Also, all features of Registry Explorer now are available in Regedit and Regedt32.