Friday, September 25, 2015

Enabling Registry Editor disabled by Administrator or Virus [Trick: Windows]

Registry Editor is a useful utility in Windows which allows users to easily change advanced Windows settings by altering registry keys present in a hierarchical arrangement called the Windows Registry. Being such a powerful tool, Registry Editor is not totally error-proof.

A simple virus infection can make it useless or administrator has actually disabled Registry Editing. When you try to open the Registry Editor in one such computer, you are likely to receive the“Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator” error. Due to this, it is impossible to remove this restriction using the Registry Editor.

Re-enable Registry editing in a computer running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003/ 2008, Windows 7,, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10

Enable Registry Editor using the Group Policy Editor

  1. Click on Start. Go to Run. Users running Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 or Vista, go to Search.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
  3. Navigate to User Configuration/ Administrative Templates / System.
  4. In the work area, double click on "Prevent Access to registry editing tools".
  5. In the popup window, click Disabled and click on OK.
  6. Registry Editor will be immediately accessible. If it's not, restart your PC. 
Note : Group Policy Editor is not available on home editions of Windows.

Enable Regedit by simply running a CMD Command

  1. Open Notepad.
  2. Copy the code given below and paste it.
  3. reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /t Reg_dword /v DisableRegistryTools /f /d 0
  4. Save the file as RegisteryEnabler.bat. Run this file as Administrator if you use Windows10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. In Windows XP, simply open the file. CMD will flash for a second and then disappear. This indicates successful execution.
  5. Log Off and Log Back On.
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