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[theory] Microsoft attempting to replace the registry?

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  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    [theory] Microsoft attempting to replace the registry?


    Exhibit A: The Domain management uses the registry to impose restrictions or configurations.

    Exhibit B: The registry is used and accessed by legacy (non-Metro) applications

    Exhibit C: Metro applications are sandboxed and cannot access the registry

    Exhibit D: Windows on Arm will NOT have access to legacy (even recompiled) applications, nor will it connect to Domains


    Conclusion: Microsoft may be attempting to slowly replace the domain for non-Enterprise use

    UPDATE: I found this article that explains that Windows 8 will use the registry to manage metro applications. While this throws a ship's spanner into my theory, I have to note that these registry keys are OS-side, with zero ways for the Metro applications to interact with the registry. This means that Microsoft may still be slowly replacing the registry; just that it is still important to Windows 8. This design also allows for the possibility for an update to Windows 8 to (or W9) to replace the registry method without breaking application compatibility.

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    If the Metro Apps can't access or use the registry I think it's for the same reason you can't use flash players in Metro IE, = Security.
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
    Conclusion: Microsoft may be attempting to slowly replace the domain for non-Enterprise use
    Correction "Conclusion: Microsoft is attempting to slowly replace the PC by a Cloud terminal, in other work Microsoft is copying the idea of Google Chrome OS."
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    Windows 8.1


    Actually I think a final revision is needed: The registry concept can actually be superior to anything else, but the Windows implementation is flawed

    With access to the registry restricted, Microsoft is free to redesign the registry without breaking compatibility. A new registry can be optimized for speed and reliability, vastly improving the Windows experience.
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    Windows 8.1


    I believe Windows on Arm will be Microsoft's test bed for a new registry, which can be rolled out once the Domain system is redesigned and legacy applications are depreciated (either completely or just by restricting them to a single version of Windows with legacy support)
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    Win 7/Win 8/Android x86/iOS/OS X


    I attended German Basta conference in 2005 (it's a conference for .NET developer). At this Basta MS developers and Jason Zander explained, why MS needs to replace the registry (because, it's not useful in mobile environments).

    But now, we are 7 years behind Basta 2005 - and Registry is still heavy in use in Windows 8 - so what?
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    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9


    Obsolete elements that are left in the Registry have been blamed as one of the factors that cause system degradation over time. I personally believe that its time they do something about this but even so that Metro apps can't access it, the core of the Windows 8 OS still relies on the Registry so I believe it will still be there for some time til MS decides to rework the core foundations of their OS. They have done so in every operating system but they all still rely on the Registry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertex View Post
    Obsolete elements that are left in the Registry have been blamed as one of the factors that cause system degradation over time.
    Well, it's a nice story that they are telling little childs before bed time - but it's imply not true. Only wrong entries in the registry, that are in use, will cause malfunctions or degradation. But unused registry entries doesn't have an effect (beside the fact, that the hive files becomes a bit bigger).

    The "degradation" issue has been true in Win 95 Registry, where they used their first attempt to implement a registry. But they changed the internals, so "garbadge collection" to remove unused parts isn't necessary over time.

    But it's still a nice story that helps so sell TuneUp and other bullshit to people (I wrote about it, based on my experience as a forum moderator in MS Answers forum under [1]).

    Quote Originally Posted by Vertex View Post
    I personally believe that its time they do something about this but even so that Metro apps can't access it, the core of the Windows 8 OS still relies on the Registry so I believe it will still be there for some time til MS decides to rework the core foundations of their OS. They have done so in every operating system but they all still rely on the Registry.
    I agree - but wondering, whether MS will have any chance to "rewrite" their OS foundation - the compatibility issue is the part, that are behave like "heavy chains on their feet".

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Exhibit E: Microsoft's Midori project.
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  10. #10


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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Exhibit E: Microsoft's Midori project.
    Parts of which we're allegedly seeing in Windows 8, under the guise of project 'Redhawk'. Midori itself, from what is currently known, is not going to be a Windows Operating System, it will instead be, a virtualised, Internet centric, cloud based OS. Assuming that is, it ever sees the light of day...
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