Microsoft Windows XP Professional Resource Kit is a collection of software tools and instructional information for Microsoft Windows XP Professional. It is an extra set of software and documentation not included with the Windows XP Professional installation. The kit is a very complex “documentation on Windows XP Professional, its operations, and its uses, as well as a host of useful tools and utilities not included with the standard operating system software. You can purchase the Microsoft Windows XP Professional Resource Kit from Microsoft or from most software for book vendors.”
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Resource Kit Documentation is a comprehensive technical resource for installing, configuring, and supporting Windows XP Professional and Windows XP 64-Bit Edition in networks that use Windows Server systems.
The kit includes numerous tools that can be used to inspect, search, compare, alter, backup and restore the Registry. The Registry is a database that holds configuration settings and options for the Windows operating system (OS). Counters also use the Registry in order to evaluate system performance. The key utilities in this kit to handle the Registry are Regdump.exe, Regfind.exe, Compreg.exe, Regini.exe, Regback.exe, Regrest.exe, and Scanreg.exe.
The following are command line tools: Regdump.exe enables administrators to get a dump of the Registry contents. Regfind.exe enables search and edit functions of the Registry. Regini.exe enables the addition of keys to the Registry. Regback.exe backs up the Registry. Regrest.exe restores the Registry.
The following are Graphical User Interface (GUI) tools: Compreg.exe can compare registry values and show the differences. Scanreg.exe enables search and edit of the Registry.
Alternatives to Microsoft’s utilities that may be better third-party tools available for free on the Internet include “Registrar Registry Manager (Lite), the free version of Resplendence Registry Manager, and it's an impressive freebie. To start with, it works totally reliably - an essential feature for any registry editor. The user interface is simple, the functionality is excellent, and it has a really fast search.”
Another free Registry editor is RegmagiK. The publisher claims that is an easy-to-use Windows Registry Editor for advanced users. A familiar user interface with unique enhancements makes it a great power-user's tool. You will like the fast search, drag and drop, desktop shortcuts to registry keys, address bar with autocomplete, automatic smart recognition of files and folders referenced by Registry values. There is a multitude of freeware Registry utilities. In fact, the web page “http://www.freeware-guide.com/dir/util/registry.html” contains approximately Registry utilities.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Resource Kit offers opportunities for administrators to further train, learn and hone in on the intricacies of the Microsoft Windows XP Professional and includes tools to maintain the system at peak performance.