Registry

Before upgrading to Windows 95, did you use SysEdit to make changes to your CONFIG.SYS, AUTOEXEC.BAT, SYSTEM.INI and WIN.INI files? It was a very powerful tool, wasn't it? What ever happened to it?

Well, I have some good news and some bad news for you. K The good news J is that SysEdit is still there and you can access it through the Start menu, Run... and typing in SysEdit. The bad news L is that you need to be careful because Windows 95 has changed things a bit on you and you might do more damage by making changes to these files than you will cure. Windows 95 has something new called the Registry. The Registry takes the place of and supplements what use to be in WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI. Windows 95 tries to maintain some consistency for the sake of old 16-bit applications, but I wouldn't bet on everything being the same. As a matter of fact, the Windows 95 version of SysEdit will actually block you from changing some things in these files because it interferes with the way it does things. Instead of using SysEdit, let me recommend that you use RegEdit. It works with the Registry. A word of caution is in order here as well though. If you don't know about the Registry, don't mess with it. It's not a single file that you can back up in case you screw things up. It's a database drawn from many places in your system. Learn about the Registry before you try to make changes to it.

Windows XP is totally different.  The SysEdit program is no longer there and for that matter, you won't find the CONFIG.SYS, AUTOEXEC.BAT, SYSTEM.INI and WIN.INI files either.  Windows XP has done away with all of this completely.

Hughes Glantzberg

Last Revised: 03/13/2005

Created by
The PC Help Desk
(Hughes Glantzberg)