On MS-Windows, the installation program
TERM to the
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE section of the system registry, under
/Software/GNU/Emacs. It does this because there is no standard
place to set environment variables across different versions of
addpm.exe is no longer strictly necessary
in recent versions of Emacs, but if you are upgrading from an older
addpm.exe ensures that you do not have
older registry entries from a previous installation, which may not be
compatible with the latest version of Emacs.
When Emacs starts, as well as checking the environment, it also checks
the System Registry for those variables and for
To determine the value of those variables, Emacs goes through the following procedure. First, the environment is checked. If the variable is not found there, Emacs looks for registry keys by that name under /Software/GNU/Emacs; first in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER section of the registry, and if not found there, in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE section. Finally, if Emacs still cannot determine the values, compiled-in defaults are used.
In addition to the environment variables above, you can also add settings to the /Software/GNU/Emacs registry key to specify X resources (see X Resources). Most of the settings you can specify in your .Xdefaults file can be set from that registry key.