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Registry Key

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Definition: A key in the Windows Registry can be thought of like a file folder. A key that sits within another key is called a "subkey."

Registry keys may contain additional registry subkeys and registry values and will always exist under the highest key in the hierarchy called a registry hive.

In Registry Editor, keys and subkeys are shown as the folders on the left hand of the screen.

Also Known As: registry subkey, registry entry

Examples: "The key I was working with in the Windows Registry had numerous subkeys and values pertaining to several Internet Explorer functions."

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