Gaining control of registry keys


Roger Fink

I'm trying to delete two CLSID keys in the registry that keep reappearing
(they have no file path since an optional download from Microsoft last night
which enabled a subsequent upgrade of Shockwave). Based on doing this once
before - quite some time ago and with assistance from this group - I've
opened the registry (regedt32.exe) and located the two keys but I can't
figure out how to change the security permissions. There is no right click
feature, and "Permissions" in the Security heading of the drop down menu is
grayed out. What do I need to do to gain control? Also, can I just delete
the keys once I get control, or do I have to change the permission on the
subkeys (and possibly delete them first)?

Roger Fink

In truth, the system was doing me a favor, as it turns out, since I misread
the actual keys that the Fix-It registry tool is saying can be safely
deleted and that I'm proposing to delete. They have no subkeys:
{D27CDB70-AE6D-11cf-96BB-444553540000} \ProgID

{D27CDBGE-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000} \ProgID

These keys do enable the Permissions option.

The "Why" part of it gets into a circular, generally unhappy discussion of
whether and to what extent non-pro users should make use of the Windows
registry, but I'll respectfully try to answer the question. I'd prefer to
have a clean registry - clean in terms of what the utility is showing me, at
least - to serve as a reference point for deviations from that caused by
subsequent actions - good and bad installs and uninstalls, and other things.
I don't spend a lot of time in fooling around with it because the "software
array" is basically a mature installation, not subject to change much, but
every once in awhile something like last night will come up and that's when
I use it.

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