Registry Editor - Find and Find Next

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How to Use "Find and Find Next" in Registry Editor in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
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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.
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.​
Reg1.jpg

4. Click on Edit and on Find. (See screenshot below)​
Reg2.jpg

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)​
Reg3.jpg

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)​
Reg4.jpg

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.​
reg5.jpg

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.​
Finished.jpg

12. When done, close the registry or start over for a new search.​
That's it,
Shawn




 

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

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