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Hi

I need to know some resources about windows registry policies values and their effects and knowing that which of them takes effect without logoff/restart windows.
(HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies)

thank you for your help.
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by:Molando
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best to work with something like group policies in MMC

start->run->mmc
console->add/remove snapin
add->Group policies

you can then right click on most of the policies and see what they do.


next go to:
http://www.sysinternals.com/
and get hold of regmon. when this is running, it will show you all registry access.

So find the group policy in mmc that you are interested in. start capture with regmon, change it, then stop capture. You will then be able to find out which registry key it is attached to.

As to which keys work straight away, and which ones after a reboot, they depend on the program that is useing them.

What you can do though to help is to tell the system that you have changed them
look at SHChangeNotify from the shlObj unit in win32.hlp.

if you do find any policies without an explanation, then just do a search on the microsofts web site. But the snap-in has most details.

Molando.
(yes it is worth its weight in gold)

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by:mehdi_m
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Dear Molando

mmc is not working (Is it just in WinXP?)
and the URL: http://www.sysinternals.com/ did not work!
but search in microsoft was useful

can you explain more about "mmc", please?
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Molando earned 250 total points
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Just clicked on the link, it is working. maybe their site was down for a while.

mmc = microsoft management console. not on all versions of windows. It is just a handly way of accessing some of the more fun controls of windows.

On windows 2000 mmc should work from the command line.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/planning/management/groupsteps.asp

On xp try: GPEDIT.MSC

for 98 you are unable to use group policies, you need to use system policys.
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Thank you for your help.
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