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    Regedit - Enable or Disable
    How to Enable or Disable Regedit in Vista and Windows 7
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    Regedit - Enable or Disable

    How to Enable or Disable Regedit in Vista and Windows 7

    information   Information
    This will allow you to enable or disable Registry Editor (aka: regedit) for all users in Windows 7 and Vista.

    By default, regedit.exe is enabled.

    You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    Even if you disable access to registry editor, you can still use registry editor in silent mode by using the /s switch. For example, if you type regedit /s filename.reg at the command prompt, you can import the filename.reg registry file into the registry, even though the Prevent access to registry editing tools policy is enabled. In order to prevent this, make sure you select Yes for Disable regedit from running silently? (See step below).
    Tip   Tip
    The Registry Editor EXE file is located at: C:\Windows\regedit.exe

    warning   Warning
    If you did not disable regedit.exe, then it may have been done by some kind of malware or spyware. You should do a complete scan of your computer for a virus and other malware to be safe.

    EXAMPLE: Error Message
    NOTE: You get this when you try to run Regedit.exe or a REG file when set to disabled.
    Regedit - Enable or Disable-disabled_warning.jpg





    OPTION ONE

    Enable or Disable Regedit Using a VBS File Download

    NOTE: This VBS script will toggle Registry Editor to be enabled or disabled when runned. If regedit was disabled before running the VBS script, then it will be enabled automatically. If regedit was enabled before running the VBS script, then it will be disabled automatically
    1. Click on the Download button below to download the .vbs file below.
    Enable-Disable_regedit.vbs
    download
    2. Click on Save, and save the .vbs file to your desktop.

    3. Open an elevated command prompt.

    4. In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    cd /d %userprofile%\desktop

    Regedit - Enable or Disable-elevated_cmd.jpg
    5. In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below and press Enter. (see screenshot above)
    wscript.exe Enable-Disable_regedit.vbs
    6. Click on OK. (see screenshots below)
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    7. Close the elevated command prompt window.



    OPTION TWO

    To Disable Regedit Using a REG File Download

    WARNING: Once you disable regedit, you will not be able to enable regedit again through the registry or from a REG file. See OPTION ONE or OPTION FOUR to be able to enable regedit again.
    Disable regedit from running silently?

    1. To Disable Regedit and Allow Silent Mode
    NOTE: See NOTE at the top about Silent Mode.
    A) Click the download button below to download the file below.
    Disable_Registry_No_Silently.reg

    download
    B) Go to step 3.
    2. To Disable Regedit and Prevent Silent Mode
    NOTE: See NOTE at the top about Silent Mode.
    A) Click the download button below to download the file below.
    Disable_Registry_Yes_Silently.reg
    download
    3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

    4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

    5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

    6. When done, you can delete the .reg file (on Desktop).




    OPTION THREE

    To Manually Disable Regedit Using Registry Editor

    WARNING: Once you disable regedit and close the registry, you will not be able to enable regedit again through the registry or from a REG file. See OPTION ONE or OPTION FOUR to be able to enable regedit again.
    1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit and press Enter.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click on Continue (Vista)or Yes (Windows 7).

    3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (See screenshot below step 5)
    NOTE: If you do not have System, right click on Polices, click on New and Key, then type System and press Enter.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
    4. To Disable Regedit
    A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type DisableRegistryTools and press Enter. (See screenshot below step 4)
    5. Right click on DisableRegistryTools and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
    Regedit - Enable or Disable-registry.jpg
    Disable regedit from running silently?

    6. To Disable Regedit and Allow Silent Mode
    NOTE: See NOTE at the top about Silent Mode.
    A) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 7A)
    7. To Disable Regedit and Prevent Silent Mode
    NOTE: See NOTE at the top about Silent Mode.
    A) Type 2 and click on OK.
    Regedit - Enable or Disable-modify.jpg
    8. Close regedit.




    OPTION FOUR

    Enable or Disable Regedit Using Local Group Policy Editor

    1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2. In the left pane, click on User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and System. (See screenshot below)
    Regedit - Enable or Disable-group_policy.jpg
    3. In the right pane, right click on Prevent access to registry editing tools and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)

    4. To Enable Registry Editor
    A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below 5D)
    B) Go to step 6.
    5. To Disable Regestry Editor
    A) Select (dot) Enabled. (See screenshot below 5D)

    Disable regedit from running silently?
    NOTE: See NOTE at the top about Silent Mode.

    B) To Allow Silent Mode - Select No. (See screenshot below 5D)

    C) To Prevent Silent Mode - Select Yes. (See screenshot below 5D)

    D) Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Regedit - Enable or Disable-properties.jpg
    6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window. Your done
    That's it,
    Shawn





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    Re: Regedit - Enable or Disable

    I have been running circles on this, but after reading the tutorial I finally figured out how to get into the regedit. to change the words from show to open. Guess what? I can now open the pps attachments and the NASA pictures are great.
    Thanks amillion time from a novice.
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    Re: Regedit - Enable or Disable

    Your welcome Bruce1x,

    I'm glad it helped you with your problem. Thank you for the feedback.

    Shawn

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    Re: Regedit - Enable or Disable

    Thanks so much! I was looking for a tutorial!

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    Re: Regedit - Enable or Disable

    Your welcome MeAintSmart,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

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    Re: Regedit - Enable or Disable

    I have got to the bottom of the article and have been unable to find-

    1 Download reg_enable.vbs to download. Could some kind person tell me where it is?
    Cheers Annie

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    Re: Regedit - Enable or Disable

    Hi Annie,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    You will just need to click on the link below that step to download the file from that site under Attachments there.

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    Re: Regedit - Enable or Disable

    thanx for the post, it really helped me, considering that a virus did this to my system, desabled the access do reg edit, now everything seems to be ok

    thanx again

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    Re: Regedit - Enable or Disable

    Your welcome Angolanman, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    Be sure to run a thorough antivirus scan and a spyware and adware scan to help make sure your computer is clean again.

    Shawn

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    Re: Regedit - Enable or Disable

    EXCELLENT TUTORIAL; YOU'RE THE MAN! I went with the stronger 'Disable_Registry_Yes_Silently.reg' option and I was encouraged to see that CCleaner no longer finds ANY registry issues; THIS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. One MINOR issue (and I stress MINOR) is that while my Administrator User can no longer enter the Registry Editor, Standard Users still can? ie. Standard Users can still read but not change the registry - I am happy enough with this situation, and don't expect you to fix, but I would value your observations on this point.

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