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How to Enable or Disable Access to the Windows Registry

The system registry is used for storing information and configuration about the computer. Modifying the system registry especially if you don’t know what you’re doing could lead to your Windows operating system un-operational or even worse you have to clean install your windows again. If you share your computer with other user you might want to give them a Standard User account or prevent them from modifying the system registry.

To disable or enable access to the registry make sure that your account have an administrative privilege. If you are logged in as a standard user you’ll see similar message below when trying to run regedit or gpedit.msc.

How to enable disable registry editing

To enable or disable registy access

  1. Click on Start Menu then click on Run and type gpedit.msc on the Run command box and hit the enter key if your Start menu don’t have the Run command check out How to Add the RUN Command at the Start Menu how-to on this site. This tutorial applies to Windows xp and Windows 7. Note that Windows 7 Home edition don’t have access to gpedit.msc
  2. Under the Group Policy Editor Navigate to Administrative Templates then to System under the User Configuration.
  3. On the left pane right click on the Prevent access to registry editing tools and click on Edit.

  4. Under the Prevent access to registry editing tools window click on the Enabled radio button to disable editing of the registry or click on the Disable to enable editing of the registry. The default value of the Prevent access to registry editing tools is Not Configured which is the same as the Disabled option which means editing the registry is enabled. Click on ok to close group policy window.
  5. Now when you run registry editing tools such as regedit you’ll see a message saying You do not have permission to perform this operation.

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