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Windows 10: Registry Editor update makes it a breeze to switch between hives

Earlier this week we highlighted some features that were uncovered in the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview, build 10049, which were not discussed broadly online, such as a new theme for calculator and voice recorder, icon updates for the Settings Panel, a mysterious new app called Bio Enrollment and changes to the Recent Files context menu.

Another feature which has been overlooked actually made its first appearance in build 10041, and relates to the Windows Registry Editor. Now, when navigating within a hive, if the same key path exists for a different branch, you can switch to it from the context menu.

Left image: Windows 8.1, right image: Windows 10 build 10049.

The left image is the same path in Windows 8.1, but on the right, a new context menu option allows a user to switch from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to HKEY_CURRENT_USER. This update is clearly a power user tweak to Registry Editor and may have been added through feedback via the Windows Insider hub app.

This goes to show the attention to detail being taken for this major update to Windows, which is expected to be released sometime this summer; perhaps on the twentieth anniversary of Windows 95, which is on August 24th 2015.

In addition, if you are waiting on the .ISOs for build 10049, Gabe Aul, the head for the Windows Insider program, has tweeted that those will be made available when the build arrives on the slow ring.

This is just one of the many changes in Windows 10, but if you happen to find any more, make sure to send us a tip. If you have not downloaded the build yet, you can find those instructions here.

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