[Feature] Ability to search/index Registry

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[Feature] Ability to search/index Registry

Post by Coldblackice » Mon May 03, 2021 2:31 pm

I know this is a longshot, but is there any chance Everything 1.5 could be unshackled to transcend into a new dimension of bits and time, namely, the Windows registry?

I realize average Joe user doesn't have much need for foraging around in the registry, but for any IT/admins in the house, the registry gets used and pored over nearly as much as filesystems do. If Everything's all-seeing magnifying glass had the power to search (indexing would be cherry on top) the Windows registry -- even if it had zero polish to it whatsoever -- it would be a dream come true. Being able to search both filesystems and Windows' registry all from Everything's pane of power would truly be next-level.

Regedit's search is woefully slow and incompetent, forcing a resorting to other tools, like Registry Registrar Manager: a powerful registry suite and with a faster search than Regedit, but it's an overly heavy program to get running and with a bloated "meh" UI. I have no doubt that Everything would be able to dunk over it, or any other registry program/tool out there.

A girl can dream, can't she? :)

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Re: [Feature] Ability to search/index Registry

Post by NotNull » Mon May 03, 2021 3:36 pm

Oh man (M/F), I would love to see that!!
I spend a lot of time in the registry, although I have to admit taht it gets less now Windows makes it a lot harder to configure things beyond UI and GPOs.

Couple of months ago I had the same idea and even 'investigated' the possibility of real-time updates (looks like that is possible!).
But to combine them in one tool - I envisioned a separate utility - would make it even better!
I thought I would be the only person that was interested in something like this, so didn't suggest it. I am glad you did!

I use RR too, btw. The search in RR is so much better than in regedit and I love the ability to add remarks/descriptions to registry keys. But starting is slow indeed. UI is OK for me.
(end of off-topic slow chat. Forgive me, I am just exited about all this :))

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Re: [Feature] Ability to search/index Registry

Post by therube » Mon May 03, 2021 3:37 pm

(I don't know that it would be faster - though you can set filters, [Nirsoft's] RegScanner is a small utility that allows you to scan the Registry, find the desired Registry values that match to the specified search criteria, and display them in one list. After finding the Registry values, you can easily jump to the right value in RegEdit, simply by double-clicking the desired Registry item. You can also export the found Registry values into a .reg file that can be used in RegEdit.j)

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