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You’re not alone if you’ve lately tried to access the Windows registry editor and received the notice “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator.” This error message might appear for a variety of causes, some of which have solutions and others which do not.

The majority of the time, you’ll find these incorporate situations when the IT department has disabled Windows options and services to lock down the computer. It can be difficult or impossible to go around a policy pushed out by the main servers. You can, however, give it a shot!

Malicious viruses are another primary cause of registry disablement. The virus can hinder the user from restoring their system by blocking access to the registry.

In this article, I’ll go over a few different methods for gaining access to the registry that you can try.

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Simple Methods to Enable – Registry Editing Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator.

1. Use Group Policy Editor to Enable Windows Registry Editor

The first way requires opening Windows Group Policy editor and verifying the registry access setting. Unfortunately, the group policy editor is only accessible in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 Professional, Ultimate, and Pro editions. This approach will not work if you have the Starter or Home versions.

Step 1: Click on Start and typing gpedit.msc into the search box.


Step 2: Navigate to User Configuration – Administrative Templates – System.


Step 3: In the right hand pane, double click on Prevent access to registry editing tools.

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Step 4: If the setting is set to Enabled, you can change it to Not Configured or Disabled.

If you have a home computer, then you don’t have to worry about all of this, just restart your computer and you should be able to edit the registry again.

2. Add Registry Key to Enable Windows Registry Editor

Even if you can’t open the GUI registry editor, there is a DOS command-line tool called REG that lets you edit, update and manipulate the registry.   Using this command, we can try to add a key that enables the registry. Click on Start, type Run, and paste the following line into the Run box:

REG add HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Now test if the registry editor is available by trying to open it. It’s possible that you’ll need to restart your computer first. This procedure may cause issues because Windows is still operating.

Additional Methods to Fix – Windows Registry Editor Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator

Fortunately, there are techniques to modify the registry while offline, that is, without having to restart Windows. If the Run command technique didn’t work, check out another good tech blog’s extensive post on other ways to modify the registry offline. If it doesn’t work, keep reading!

Video Tutorial To Fix Registry Editor In Windows 7,8,10.

Here’s the solution of “Regedit not opening Windows 10” video as well.

Video Tutorial To Fix Registry Editor

Rename regedit

These are additional methods to Enable Windows Registry Key Editor.

Sometimes, a virus or malware program will simply prevent the registry from loading by the EXE file name (regedit.exe). This is quite easy to bypass because you can just rename the EXE file to something else like regedit_new.exe and it might load just fine.

You can find the regedit executable file in the C:/Windows directory. Since this folder is a Windows system folder, you won’t be able to simply right-click and rename it. You’ll get an error message saying that you don’t have permission from TrustedInstaller.


To rename the file, change the owner to yourself and then the rights to Full Control. The whole technique for modifying permissions so that you can remove, rename, or transfer the file may be found in Trusted Installer.

Check to determine if regedit has already been given another name, such as regedit.com. When you try to launch as a “.exe” file, certain viruses rename it so that it doesn’t load. Simply rename the file to regedit.exe in these circumstances and see if it works.


Symantec has a really old file from 2005 that still seems to work with this registry issue. Some viruses will change the shell command registry keys so that anytime you run an EXE file, it just runs the virus instead. This file will replace those keys with the original default values. Once you download it, just right-click on it and choose Install.


When you open the link above, make sure you right-click on the link to UnHookExec.inf and choose Save link as, otherwise it will simply load the contents of the file in your web browser.


The Save as type should already be set to Setup Information, but in case it’s not, change it to that.


There are a few more additional methods you can attempt to enable the registry, but none of them have worked for me, so I’m not going to include them here. If you’re not in a business environment, the first step is to install anti-virus and anti-malware software to try to eliminate any dangerous programs that may be causing the problem.

Check out my previous articles that can help you with removing viruses and malware:

  1. Is Antivirus Necessary For Windows In 2021?
  2. How to Enable Task Manager In Windows Computer?
  3. How to Increase Performance in Windows 10 Pc?

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