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Purpose of Registry key: Wow6432Node (does anyone know?)

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    GSLockwood (IUnknown) Guest

    Purpose of Registry key: Wow6432Node (does anyone know?)

    Hello all,

    Does anyone know the purpose of the following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node ?

    I am trying to create my company's registry info under:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\myCompanyName

    and it is going into:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\myCompanyName


    What is going on here??????

    --
    Thanks so much,

    george

    _________________________
    George S. Lockwood
    Lead Client Developer
    peoplePC, an EarthLink company

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    Zack Whittaker Guest

    Re: Purpose of Registry key: Wow6432Node (does anyone know?)

    The Wow6432 registry entry indicates that you're running a 64-bit version of
    Windows. The OS uses this key to present a separate view of
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE for 32-bit applications that run on a 64-bit
    version of Windows. When a 32-bit application queries a value under the
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\<company>\<product> subkey, the application
    reads from the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\<company>\<product>
    subkey.

    A "registry reflector" copies certain values between the 32-bit and 64-bit
    registry views (e.g., mainly for COM registration) and resolves any
    conflicts using a last-writer-wins approach.

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    "GSLockwood (IUnknown)" <IUnknown@newsgroups.nospam> wrote in message
    news:6CC291AD-6C04-40A7-979E-D86515191F8E@microsoft.com...
    > Hello all,
    >
    > Does anyone know the purpose of the following key:
    >
    > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node ?
    >
    > I am trying to create my company's registry info under:
    >
    > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\myCompanyName
    >
    > and it is going into:
    >
    > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\myCompanyName
    >
    >
    > What is going on here??????
    >
    > --
    > Thanks so much,
    >
    > george
    >
    > _________________________
    > George S. Lockwood
    > Lead Client Developer
    > peoplePC, an EarthLink company




      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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