System configuration information is stored centrally in a hierarchical database called the registry. You can use Registry Editor to add and edit registry keys and values, restore the registry from a backup or to default values, and to import or export keys for reference or backup.

You can also print the registry and control which accounts have permission to edit the registry.

For more information about the registry, including registry concepts and securing the registry, go to the Windows Server TechCenter (

Configure the Registry

Maintain Registry Security

Print All or Part of the Registry

Registry Resources