Windows 10: Windows Registry Strings and Keys…what do they mean?

Discus and support Windows Registry Strings and Keys…what do they mean? in Windows 10 Customization to solve the problem; I want to add custom folders to Windows 10 Pro x64 Control Panel, This PC and Navigation Pane. I found several tutorials (tenforums and winaero) that... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Customization' started by bamajon1974, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. Windows Registry Strings and Keys…what do they mean?


    I want to add custom folders to Windows 10 Pro x64 Control Panel, This PC and Navigation Pane. I found several tutorials (tenforums and winaero) that offer pre-made registry scripts to add applets and folders to control panel and file explorer. However, I would like to know more about what some of the strings and keys in HKCR\Classes\CSLID mean, what they do, and how to properly choose the right values. I am not a coder/programmer and the MS documentation is a bit unintuitive and unclear. I have gotten some answers in the past but would like some more ELI5 replies if possible.

    For example, say I want to add back the old Notification Area Icons applet back to control panel. The GUID is {05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}. Some questions about the registry entry:

    System.Software.TasksFileUrl="Internal"
    InProcServer32=%SystemRoot%\System32\shdocvw.dll and ThreadingModel=Apartment
    Instance
    InitPropertyBag, ResourceDLL=taskbarcpl.dll and ResourceID=dword:00000064
    ShellFolder, Attributes=dword:a0000000 and WantsParseDisplayName=""
    What do the keys, strings and values mean, what do they do and how do you know what values to assign?

    Thanks!

    :)
     
    bamajon1974, Jan 14, 2021
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  2. Windows Registry Key

    Does anyone know which registry key(s) report(s) to software which OS you are running?
     
    Thermopylae_480, Jan 14, 2021
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  3. Darkfalz Win User
    Can NOT remove ATITool registry key!

    It's low priority to stop ATITool from making undeletable class keys in the reigstry?

    That's about one rung above spyware.

    What bothers me most is that I'm pretty sure you can't protect a registry key by any simple means, something must still be running somewhat that is protecting that key. Even after I manually removed the service. That's what bothers me.
     
    Darkfalz, Jan 14, 2021
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  4. Migons Win User

    Windows Registry Strings and Keys…what do they mean?

    Windows Registry Key

    Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

    The keys that matter are ProductName, CurrentVersion, CurrentBuildNumber and CSDVersion. CSDVersion means info about Service Pack.
     
    Migons, Jan 14, 2021
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