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Posted on 2004-10-18
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Can someone tell me which files are used to hold registry information for XP/2000/ and 2003?
I believe its in the system32/config directory but I need any and all files names.
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by:nonubik
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For XP/2000 the file is under the user's profile folder, ntuser.dat
A typical path is C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\ntuser.dat
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on 2003 seems to be the same
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In the NT family you can ask Windows itself, where the files are stored. Look here:

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\hivelist
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by:Jaime Olivares
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Regustry is stored in several files in the system32/config folder with names:

SAM.
SYSTEM.
SOFTWARE.
DEFAULT.
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by:joele24
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Madshi,

I noticed that there is also UsrClass.dat files in the hivelist
from all the reading Ive done Ive only found reference to

System,Software,SAM,Default,UserDiff in the system32\config dir
and theres a NTuser.dat in each users Documents and Settings dir


but I have not seen any reference to UsrClass.dat is that part of the registry as well?
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by:Madshi
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Yes, that's the content of the key "HKCU\Software\Classes". It's stored seperately in XP/2003. Not sure about 2000. In NT4 it's not stored seperately, but it's part of "Ntuser.dat".
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