Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated February 8, 2021)
The dynamic nature of the Registry means that the information it contains is always changing depending on the needs of the operating system, programs, or you. Therefore, it is possible to add new values to the Registry or to even add new keys. The Registry Editor allows you to quickly and easily add values or keys.
Why would you want to add keys or values? Quite honestly, it doesn't do you much good to add either item unless you know that it is going to be used by an application or by the operating system itself.
As an example of how to add a new key, let's say you wanted to add one to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE hive. Just follow these steps:
At this point, you have created a new key. You can then add values to the new key, following much the same process. The only difference is that, in step 4, you select Edit | New and then the type of value you want to add. The information that you add to the Registry remains there until it is either changed by you or by a program that you may be using.
This tip (10957) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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