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Hi, I have been using mac for a while and have loved the experience. One thing that I dont understand is that if mac doesnt have a registry then how does it recognise that I have previously installed software - were is that information stored - and what else is it storing that I dont know about?
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You're thinking too much of Windows! Who says it has to have anything like a registry? The info is probably somewhere in your Library folder, but whether it's accessible is another matter.
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Usually, a program does two things.

Sits in your Applications folder (Mac apps are self-contained).
Makes a preference file (PLIST) that is stored in your User Library under Preferences.

That's it. Nothing like Windows.

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Thanks - will look into it a bit more.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but you could think of the library as a reg. It stores info about files, folders and programs similar to a windows reg. However, I don't think it is as complex as a windows reg. Check it out on the apple website - I'm about to do that myself.

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Ehhh...not...really...

...but for the sake of ease, sure.

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Isn't that why Windows takes so long to load - all the rubbish in the registry it has to go through?
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