Migrated from Windows 3.1

Otherwise why do I have the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Windows 3.1 Migration Status on my Clean XP SP2 box?? I later found that others  have also found this earlier and were equally puzzled.

Check any XP machine and you’ll see this key. The burden of backward compatibility on Microsoft products is often too great :).  Interesting to note that my Vista box doesn’t have it. So I guess Windows 3.1 can finally RIP.

I found it as I was moving through the registry using PowerShell. Manipulating the registry has become extremely simple using PowerShell. You can move into the registry using something like cd HKCU: and then do a dir to see all the keys!! To find the above key try the following sequence.

C:\>cd HKCU:
HKCU:\>dir | select-string “3.1”

Comments (3)

  1. John Michel says:

    I am operating with XP SP2 and been having a problem with 3.1 Migration Status.  Is it alright to delete it?  Please let me know.

  2. Donna Gregor says:


    I have finally given up and I do so with great anxiety. My windows XP is running irratically and I cannot find the problem. I do have Norton antivirus but I don’t think that is the problem. I did get a box that stated something was wrong with SpyBot so I deleted it.

    This grandmother is tired, I don’t give up easy, I am a tough "ol bird but I am not knowledgeable to fix my computer, so dear can you give me some pointers. My e-mail address is wedgre@yahoo.com, please, I need help and I hope you can. If not thank you anyway.

    Best wishes,


  3. fbi_lvl0stwanted says:

    3.1 migration.  i run a scan and it shows  up  i did research on it. it has no use that i can find. its one of misrosoft issues still.  I DELETED MINE.  system runs fine. but it will reapear again and again.