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* [ Parse::Win32Registry] Perl module.
* [ Parse::Win32Registry] Perl module.
* [ python-registry] Python module.
* [ python-registry] Python module.
* [ Registry Decoder] offline analysis component, by Andrew Case
* [ RegDecoderLive] live hive acquisition component, by Andrew Case

Revision as of 11:25, 11 September 2011

File Locations

The Windows Registry is stored in multiple files.

Windows NT 4

In Windows NT 4 (and later) the Registry is stored in the Windows NT Registry File (REGF) format.

Basically the following Registry hives are stored in the corresponding files:

  • HKEY_USERS: \Documents and Setting\User Profile\NTUSER.DAT
  • HKEY_USERS/DEFAULT: \Windows\system32\config\default
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SAM: \Windows\system32\config\SAM
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SECURITY: \Windows\system32\config\SECURITY
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE: \Windows\system32\config\software
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM: \Windows\system32\config\system

Windows 98/ME

  • \Windows\user.dat
  • \Windows\system.dat
  • \Windows\profiles\user profile\user.dat


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