when test software installation, an item is written into HKCU hive of windows registry.
here is good post to understand HKCU. please check it out:
Details on the HKEY_CURRENT_USER Registry Hive
a quick jumpstart from this link:
Windows Registry FAQ and HowTo Tutorial
This post has a detailed description on FAQs of registry
Frequently Asked Questions of Registry Workshop
another good article is on technet and worthy reading.
how to find out HKCU item for control panel is in this article.
A very good quick summary is posted here. you can pick up very quickly for overall picture.
a deep dive on application of these concepts, please read this good post on application compatibilty.
An item related with advanced installer is useful when I build installer. Keep good eyes on this paper.
good post keeps expanding. please check out this post.
Dealing with the registry
an example for inno installer is [Registry] section
A good list of most popular registry tool: Adding Registry Settings
this is a good case study: Activation of Client Side Products and Registry Basics
another good case study:
- Windows Registry Persistence, Part 2: The Run Keys and Search-Order
- Windows Registry Persistence, Part 1: Introduction, Attack Phases and Windows Services
A good discussion on installer for registry writing is here:
HKCU or HKLM - Where should a setup install registry data