Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012
System configuration information is stored centrally in a hierarchical database called the registry. You can use Registry Editor to add and edit registry keys and values, restore the registry from a backup or to default values, and to import or export keys for reference or backup.
You can also print the registry and control which accounts have permission to edit the registry.
For more information about the registry, including registry concepts and securing the registry, go to the Windows Server TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=53495).