Solved

Where are the XP Registry Hives

Posted on 2006-11-10
4
2,374 Views
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
  I have been out of the loop for a while. Actually the need just hasn't been there for years. Windows 95/98 had two registry files in the Windows directory. system.dat and user.dat which were the main registry "hive" and the user "hive".

   With the advent of Wondows 2000 and XP Microsoft truely went to "hives". The user hive looks straight forward. ntuser.dat in the profile directory. Is that the only file associated with the user hive?

   Exactly what composes the system hive and exactly where are they located? Thanks!
0
Comment
Question by:jimbecher
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
4 Comments
 
LVL 86

Accepted Solution

by:
jkr earned 250 total points
ID: 17917378
Here's a small table that illustrates which hive is assiciated with what file:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM  --> \Winnt\System32\Config\System
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SAM --> \Winnt\System32\Config\Sam
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SECURITY --> \Winnt\System32\Config\Security
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE --> \Winnt\System32\Config\Software
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE --> Volatile hive
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Clone --> Volatile hive
HKEY_USERS\<security ID of username> --> \Documents and Settings\<username>\Ntuser.dat
HKEY_USERS\<security ID of username>_Classes --> \Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Usrclass.dat
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT --> \Winnt\System32\Config\Default
0
 
LVL 8

Assisted Solution

by:jsvor
jsvor earned 250 total points
ID: 17917491
0
 
LVL 66

Expert Comment

by:johnb6767
ID: 17917520
Also, under C:\documents and settings\UID\ntuser.dat, if you want to load a specific one for a specific user....
0
 
LVL 11

Author Comment

by:jimbecher
ID: 17917635
Thanks for the quick response guys!
0

Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Remove Remaining XP devices from the environment. 12 77
Move XP PC to Vmware 22 156
preview video of network plus 2 141
how to copy from computer to usb drive 7 126
Disclosure: Use this tutorial only when no other options helps to get Windows XP running without any problems and you don't want to format the drive. The back up of the data is the responsible of the user, however there is a description of how t…
There are 2 things you must have in order to connect to the internet behind a router, The "Gateway IP" of the router, which is usually something like 192.168.xxx.1, I've seen routers with default values of: 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1, 192.168.11.1, …
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
Attackers love to prey on accounts that have privileges. Reducing privileged accounts and protecting privileged accounts therefore is paramount. Users, groups, and service accounts need to be protected to help protect the entire Active Directory …

762 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question