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Published on 05.26.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Access to the Registry Editor

Learn how to disable the registry editor in Windows 7.

If this setting is enabled and the user tries to start a registry editor, a message appears explaining that a setting prevents the action.

Disable the Registry Editor

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and then select System in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Prevent access to registry editing tools in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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