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How to Perform Defragmentation in Windows 7

In Windows 7 like in all other OSes of this family there is a built in tool to perform hard disk defragmentation. But unlike tools from earlier versions it is quite functional and is really capable to perform well.

30.03.2011, Chemtable Software

How to Rename Files or Folders in Windows 7

The most convenient way to work with files in Windows 7 is Explorer. Using Explorer you can browser the contents of your hard drive and other storages connected to your computer, and also control these contents. Including renaming existing files or folders.

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Data Encryption Using TrueCrypt

The significant part of our everyday information neither is stored in paper notebooks, nor is it written down somewhere else. We have got used to computers so much that we don’t even think of where to store our data. Our hard drive – that is the place where we keep everything – notes, passwords, personal data, projects and documents. But we usually forget that this place is open to anybody, not only to its owner.

09.03.2011, Chemtable Software

Windows 7 File System Structure

Formally, a file system is a way to organize, store and name data at information storage devices. But we can say simpler: it is a format of saving information at various storage devices and, in the first place, at the computer hard disk. Windows 7 utilizes the NTFS file system which is the most commonly used system nowadays.

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What Is Registry Optimization and Why You Need It?

The registry is the most important component of the Windows system. It stores information that is necessary to configure the operating system, such as user profiles, applications and devices. The registry also stores information about uninstalled programs if they were uninstalled incorrectly, parameters that were left behind after the uninstall process, and references to deleted files. In the course of time, the registry accumulates more and more redundant data that slows down registry access and causes system performance loss.

29.10.2010, Chemtable Software

Registry Editor

Although it is not recommended to edit the registry manually, there are situations when a registry editor is absolutely necessary. For this, you can use various programs (Regedit.exe or Regedt32.exe), group and system policies, registry files, or special scripts (for example, scripts written in VisualBasic).

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Types of Registry Data

As we said before, the registry stores a great amount of information, including profiles of all users, information on installed applications and types of documents that can be created by each program, information on folder properties and application shortcuts, installed hardware and ports that are used.

Because the Windows registry is a complex relational database, all information that can be stored in the resulting information containers of this database (values), must be strictly classified. Values are classified by a data type, which represents the specific kind of data that the value can store. Overall, there are 11 types of data.

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Main Registry Keys in Microsoft Windows

As we said before, the registry is a hierarchical database where information is presented on a number of levels (up to 6). Hive keys are on the first level.

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What is Windows Registry?

The Microsoft Computer Dictionary defines the registry as a central hierarchical database used in the Microsoft operating systems starting with Microsoft Windows 98. The database stores information that is necessary to configure the system for users, applications and hardware devices.

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