Overheard: Word of the Day

Sep 24 2012   2:04PM GMT

Registry key definition

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“When analyzing a compromised Windows system, investigators and system administrators can glean enormously useful information about attackers’ actions by looking through the Windows registry, a hierarchical database storing tens of thousands of settings on a Windows box.”Ed Skoudis

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is registry key. In the Windows 98, CE, NT, and 2000 operating systems, a registry key is an organizational unit in the Windows registry. Registry keys are the HKEY folders you see when you run the line command “regedit.”  Treat them with respect.

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