what are the difference between windows xp registry and windows 7 registry?

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location and hive structure are different

overall the registry is pretty similar via tools, Id say 97% of xp tweaks will work on Vista/7

Answered 04/16/2013 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • and what would be that 3% be.. could you please give some example.. even I am not aware of it.
    • Editing an offline hive in xp you could do thru HKU\their hive, in win 7 you need to load or modify the user.dat from the profile.
  • hmm.. good to know..
    • like this link
      which will work for any user proflie
  • thanks :)
    • Glad you are back, thought we lost you and your expert input.
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Why would you like to know? 

Answered 04/17/2013 by: jaybee96
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>Why would you like to know?
Hmmm...I wonder...

@OP, how did the interview go?

Answered 04/17/2013 by: VBScab
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Biggest differences for me is the uninstall string path.  For example:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\   --Win7 (64 Bit)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall   --XP

Any script you use to check for the existance of a key in here will need to be changed for 7

Answered 04/16/2013 by: bretthexum
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  • That would be for x64 and x86.
    • Ha, yeah - forgot to clarify that.
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