Windows 7: Disable Registry Editor for All User Accounts

Posted April 19, 2011 by sourojit in Windows 7

Registry Editor is a powerful tool. Used incorrectly, it can cause serious damage to a Windows working environment.  These few steps will allow an admin to disable the Registry Editor and prevent any user from accessing it.

This only works in the following versions — Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise.

1. Press windows + R to bring up the Run dialog box.

2. Type gpedit.msc in the dialog box and press ok button/ Enter. This will open Windows Group Policy Editor.

3. Go to User Configuration and expand Administrative Templates.

4. In Administrative Templates select System. Every content of System are shown at the right hand side.

5. Scroll through the contents for Prevent access to registry editing tools and open it.

6. Enable the option to prevent registry access.

Well it’s done. Now any user account including yours is prevented to use the Registry Editor.

If you are having Administrator privilege and want to enable the Registry Editor again, follow the same steps and just Disable the option which was Enabled previously.

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