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

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GSLockwood (IUnknown)

#1
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??????

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Thanks so much,

george

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

My Computer

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Zack Whittaker

#2
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 Computer

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