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What is Alien Registry Viewer?
Alien Registry Viewer is similar to the RegEdit application included into Windows, but unlike RegEdit, it works with standalone registry files. While RegEdit shows the contents of the system registry, Alien Registry Viewer works with registry files copied from other computers. Alien Registry Viewer can be extremely useful for system administration and forensic computer examination purposes.
The current version of Alien Registry Viewer works in the read-only mode, i.e. you can view but you cannot edit registry files.
Using Alien Registry Viewer
The system registry resides in several files. There are two registry files in old Windows 95/98/Me : system.dat and user.dat. User.dat contains the HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry hive while system.dat contains all other hives. Both these files can be found in the Windows directory.
Newer Windows versions (NT/2000/XP/2003/2008/Vista/Win7) the system registry resides in the following files:
NTUSER.DAT - this file contains the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive. Normally the NTUSER file has a 'hidden' attribute and therefore is invisible in Explorer. This file is located in the user profile folder.
All the following files are located in %SysRoot%\System32\config folder:
SAM. - this file contains the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHIVE\SAM hive
SOFTWARE. this file contains the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHIVE\SOFTWARE hive
SECURITY. this file contains the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHIVE\SECURITY hive
COMPONENTS. - this file contains the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHIVE\COMPONENTS hive (optional)
BCD-TEMPLATE - this file contains the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\BCD00000000 hive (optional)
SYSTEM. this file contains all other keys of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHIVE (such as SYSTEM)
To view registry files use the File|Open menu command. You will be prompted to choose one or more of the seven registry files to open. You should specify at least one registry file to proceed. You can omit one or more files, however, if you do, the corresponding registry keys will not be available.
The user interface of Alien Registry Viewer is straightforward and similar to that of RegEdit. Alien Registry Viewer allows you to explore registry files, search for specific key names and values, export registry data into a .REG or text file and bookmark registry keys as favorites.
You could be interested in the following related software products:
RegSnap. RegSnap takes registry snapshots and compares them. It generates a report that shows differences between snapshots. It can also generate
undo and redo .REG files. You can find more information on RegSnap here: lastbit.com/regsnap
Secret Explorer. Secret Explorer allows you to view and edit system Protected Storage. Windows uses Protected Storage to store various passwords and
settings such as Internet Explorer autocomplete data. Secret Explorer is a must have tool for forensic computer examination. For more information see here: lastbit.com/wse
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