This is not intended to be simply a cookbook, but also as a guide to hacking the Windows registry.
Amost everything in this guide applies to every Windows operating system since Windows 3.1. The main differences relate to directory names. (Normally, these are not identified.) All other known differences are identified.
Additional Windows configuration tips, not related to Windows Explorer can be found here. Included is a tool for tracing registry accesses!
Additional notes on the registry are here.