[>] AndreaVB
An excellent site with lots of information. The content ranges from low level programming using the Windows API, to ASP and COM components. You might get a bit lost in the design, but focusing on the center white section of the page will help a lot.
[>] Reading values from the Registry
The registry is the new (tada) way of storing application-specific data on the user's system. Gone is the easy and understandable INI-system; from now on, it's as complex as ever.

Anyway, here is some code to read values from the registry.