Registry / DLLs

I am fairly handy with popular software, but when it comes to the Windows Registry and library files such as DLLs I don't know much at all.

What is the best way to learn about this sort of thing. (All suggestions considered: books, online tutes etc)

Thanks in advance.

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the best way I found was to scew it up and have to fix it.  I know this sounds funny but practical experience will teach you much more than any book or tutorial.  The way I learned all of what I know about the registry and dll's was not from the classes I took or the books i read.  It was from researching/solving real world problems.  For fun, you can check out a couple of websites for research.  and

1cell is right.  You should screw up your system and then search in the knowledge databases for information on how repearing it.  

Also you should execute every .com or .exe on your system.  Then you'll see what they do and it will certainly put you in trouble.

Another good learning school is programming.  Start programming in Visual Basic.  It's easy to learn and it'll let you code in your office applications via VBA.  Also you can find plenty of good books to learn you the basics.

SAMS ,Teach yourself the WIndows Registry, Jerry Honeycutt Jr.
The book consist of 24 one hour learns and is only 20 dollars

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Goof-off with the Registry APIs like RegOpenKey, RegCreateKey, RegCloseKey and RegDeleteKey.
  Another thing to do is to write your own DLL (almost a piece of cake in VC++) and then practice loading your DLL via LoadLibrary.
 And consider a subscription to something like Windows Magazine (check them out online
we must have went to the school, I have always been "what if I try this?"  By doing that you sure learn alot, mostly what doesn't work and should be avoided. You can do this is a few seconds and then spend days trying to get back to where you started (if at all)
Whoops  That should have read "went to the same school"
Try Loads of IT books for you to search through. bound to have one for you to test the registry
alexprestonAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your suggestions, but I need my computer everyday so I'd rather not screw it up and try to fix it!! I'll go for the safe option!!!
Wise decision --- not necessarily the smartest, but wise anyway.
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