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Actually, unless I'm mistaken Vista has virtualized only a small part of the registry (Keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software ) - and even there the virtualization is limited.

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^ True actually. Deleting that word from my post. Thanx ! :blush:

In Vista, the UAC utilizes the Registry Virtualization Feature, to redirect attempts to write to subkeys of

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software . When an application attempts to write to this hive, Vista instead, writes it, to a per-user location, HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VirtualStore\Machine\Software

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BTW, one edit to my earlier post about system maintenance. I meant to include hardware cleaning. Once every 6 months it makes sense to pull the cover and blow the dust out of your system with compressed air (please pull the power cord first just to be safe). Aside from shortening the life of the components, excess dust can actually cause the system to slow down.

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BTW, one edit to my earlier post about system maintenance. I meant to include hardware cleaning. Once every 6 months it makes sense to pull the cover and blow the dust out of your system with compressed air (please pull the power cord first just to be safe). Aside from shortening the life of the components, excess dust can actually cause the system to slow down.

I'll second that recommendation.

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Actually, unless I'm mistaken Vista has virtualized only a small part of the registry (Keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software ) - and even there the virtualization is limited.

True, but then that is the only section it makes any sense to virtualize :)

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True, but then that is the only section it makes any sense to virtualize :)

My post made more sense before HappyAndy edited his post - the one I was responding to. He originally said that Vista virtualized a large portion of the registry - I was addressing that comment.

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BTW, one edit to my earlier post about system maintenance. I meant to include hardware cleaning. Once every 6 months it makes sense to pull the cover and blow the dust out of your system with compressed air (please pull the power cord first just to be safe). Aside from shortening the life of the components, excess dust can actually cause the system to slow down.

Trice here on that one... Don't know how many PC's I have repaired in the hundreds or more and you'd be surprised what you find inside. Dust Bunny's, broken fan blades, shattered CD fragments, straws, crumbs from unidentifyable food. Spilled liquids, tar resin from people who smoke cigarettes like a chimney and the dust just coats everything with a gooey sticky mess on the fans, Power supply, and CD drives that refuse to read because the lenses are dirty. Seen it all.

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