Note: Incorrect changes to registry settings can cause serious system problems that may be irreversible without reinstallation of the operating system. You must back up your registry before making any registry changes. We are not responsible for damage resulting from incorrect use of the Registry Editor.

For Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2:

Type regedit in the Search window, select regedit under Programs that is returned OR type regedit in the Run line if it is available and click OK

For Windows 8/8.1, Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2:


Right-click the start menu button and select "Run", type regedit in the Run box and click OK

Most of the keys relating to Blackbaud products are stored in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER. Double click to drill down within each key.

Note: Some user preferences are stored in the Windows registry. Deleting certain registry keys may reset these user preferences to the software defaults. These preferences can be reset in the software after registry changes are made, or they can be restored from a registry backup.

How to add a new registry key or value:
1.     Edit the Registry (using the steps above)
2.     Highlight the key or entry where the new value should be added
3.     Select Edit, New, <Key or Value to add> from the menu bar
4.     Type a name for the new value, and press Enter


How to edit a registry key or value:
1.     Edit the Registry (using the steps above)
2.     Select the entry to change
3.     Select Edit, Modify from the menu bar
4.     In Value Data, type the new data for the value
5.     Click OK

How to modify registry permissions:
1.     Edit the Registry (using the steps above)
2.     Right click on the key that needs to have permissions modified
3.     Select Permissions
4.     On the Security tab, highlight a group or user and select the appropriate permissions or add a group or user and select the appropriate permissions
5.     Click OK

For more information regarding the Windows registry refer to the Microsoft Knowledgebase article: Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry (Q256986)