Registry Editor - Find and Find Next

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    Registry Editor - Find and Find Next

    Registry Editor - Find and Find Next
    How to Use "Find and Find Next" in Registry Editor in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
    Registry Editor - Find and Find Next

    How to Use "Find and Find Next" in Registry Editor in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to use "Find and Find Next" to find a text string in a key, value, or data inside the Registry Editor in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
    Tip   Tip
    This can be real handy if a program improperly uninstalled and you need to remove all entries for it in the registry manually to finish removing it.
    warning   Warning
    It it recommended that you should create a restore point to backup the entire registry incase you make a mistake while editing the registry and need or have to do a system restore to undo it.

    Here's How:
    1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7/8).

    3. In the left plane of the registry, click on the Key (folder), that you wish to start the search from and highlight it. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: Highlight Computer to search the entire registry.
    4. Click on Edit and on Find. (See screenshot below)
    5. Type in a text string (ex: CCleaner) that you want to search for in the registry and click on the Find Next button. (See screenshot below)
    6. It will then start the search from the location in step 1 and display the first entry (step 5) result when found. (See screenshot below step 7)

    7. You can now do whatever you wanted to do with this entry. (ex: Modify or Delete)
    8. Press F3, or click on Edit and Find Next, to find the next entry (step 6) for this. (See screenshot below step 9)

    9. You can now do whatever you wanted to do with this entry.
    10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you find what you are looking for, or until you get a finished message. (See screenshot below 11)
    NOTE: A Finished searching message indicates that there are no more entries chosen from step 5 found.

    11. Click on OK.
    12. When done, close the registry or start over for a new search.
    That's it,

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    Re: Registry Editor - Find and Find Next

    Been looking for something like this Shawn for ages - thanks again for some greta help.
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