Windows 7 No Registry?

The rumors have been flying for sometime that Windows 7 may eliminate the registry.  Is it true? I don’t know but if it is true it would be a good thing.  The registry may have had a place back in the day, but now a days the registry is nothing more than an overgrown welt on the windows platform.

 If Windows 7 does indeed elemenate the registry it will most likely be replaced with XML based config files in the local user’s %appdata% folder.  This could be done in such a way that programs that rely on the registry would still work by rewriting implimentation of the Windows API that deals with the registry to auto-magicaly save the values to config files instead.

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