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How to: Add and Delete Registry Values in the Registry Editor 

The Registry Editor can be used to specify values for new or existing registry keys in the registry of a target computer. You can add string, binary, and DWORD values. During installation the values will be written to the registry; any existing values will be overwritten by the values that you specify.


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To add a registry value

  1. Select a key node in the Registry Editor.


    Values can't be added for the top-level nodes.

  2. On the Action menu, point to New, and then click String Value, Binary Value, DWORD Value, or Environment String Value.

    A value name is added to the value pane and the default name is highlighted.

  3. Type a name for the new value.

  4. In the Properties window, select the Value property and type a value.

To remove a registry value

  • Select the value name in the value pane of the Registry Editor, and choose Delete from the Edit menu.

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