Learning Path

Windows Registry Forensics

Learn the purpose and structure of the files that create the Windows Registry.

What you will learn

This learning path teaches you the necessary skills to conduct a complete and accurate examination of the Windows Registry. As you progress through 13 courses, you’ll build the necessary skills to define and understand the Windows Registry. You will be able to locate the registry files within a computer’s file system, both live and non-live. The path will show you how to examine the registry and locate data significant to your investigation, correctly interpret the significant data found within the registry and put all your findings together to form a fact-based conclusion for your report.

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Introduction to the Windows Registry

Course — 00:48:39

K0060, K0133, K0433

Discover what the Windows Registry is and why it is important in digital forensic investigations.

Preparing to Examine the Windows Registry

Course — 00:57:21

K0132, K0133, K0433, S0069, S0071

Learn how to set up a forensic workstation to properly examine the Windows Registry.

NTUser.Dat Hive File Analysis

Course — 02:25:37

K0116, K0128, K0132, K0133, K0433, K0479, S0091

This course demonstrates an in-depth analysis of the artifacts contained within the NTUser.Dat hive file.

SAM Hive File

Course — 00:50:08

K0128, K0132, K0133, K0433, S0091

This course explains forensic artifacts found in the SAM (Security Account Manager) file, which stores and organizes information about each user on a system.

Software Hive File

Course — 01:03:58

K0128, K0132, K0133, K0433, K0449, S0091

This course will show examiners how to locate information of forensic value relating to application execution and installation contained within the software hive file.

System Hive File

Course — 01:12:31

K0128, K0132, K0133, K0433, K0449, S0091

This course will demonstrate evidence of forensic value contained within the system hive file.

USRClass.dat Hive File

Course — 00:32:47

K0116, K0128, K0132, K0133, K0433, K0449, S0091

This course identifies and explains forensic artifacts found in the UsrClass.dat hive file.

AmCache Hive File

Course — 00:32:15

K0128, K0132, K0133, K0433, K0449, S0089, S0091

This course will examine the AmCache hive file, which stores information relating to the execution of applications.

Windows Registry Forensics Skill Assessment

Assessment — 54 questions — 00:27:00

Meet the author

In addition to being an Infosec instructor, Denise Duffy teaches computer forensics worldwide to European law enforcement through the European Anti-Fraud Office. During her 25-year career at the Middletown Police Department, Denise underwent extensive training in specialized computer and mobile device forensics, including widespread access data courses, multiple IACIS trainings, U.S. Secret Service Training at the National Computer Forensics Institute, BlackBag Technologies Training, many National White Collar Crime (NW3C) courses, an X-Ways online course and considerable Internet Crimes Against Children Training (ICAC) courses.

Denise currently holds the following certifications: CFCE (Certified Forensic Computer Examiner), CCFE (Certified Computer Forensics Examiner), CMFE (Certified Mobile Forensics Examiner) and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker). She is most proud of her two sons who joined the U.S. Military, as Denise is a Desert Shield/Desert Storm veteran herself.

The details

Learning path insights

How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your CPEs or CPUs.

Associated NICE Work Roles

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