Access to registry has been disabled by Administrator

April 2018

When you log in to your computer with Windows operating system administrator privileges, the system assumes that you have the right to run and install non-malicious data files and software. However, when trying to run regedit, it displays an error message saying the administrator has disabled registry editing. It is due to a virus or malware trying to gain control of your administrative rights. To get back in the driver's seat, enable the group policy editor that solves the Viral software code disabled in Registry Access problem. Lots of malicious programs will interrupt the registry permit, depending on its primary file name (regedit.exe) and do not allow them to run. Operating system administrative rights can be targeted by malware.


When I run Regedit (Start > Run) it displays " Regedit is disabled by the administrator".

What can be done?


To enable registry editor which has been disabled by some malware, please do the following to regain access and perform maintenance:

Enable Registry Editor using Group Policy Editor
  • 1. Click on the Start > Run and type "gpedit.msc" on the field (without ").
  • 2. Navigate to:
  • User Configuration
  • Administrative Templates
  • System
  • 3. On the option: Prevent access to registry editing tools
  • 4. Click Disabled and click on the OK button to save settings.
  • 5. Reboot your computer.


Thanks to Dark7568 for this tip on the forum.
Published by aakai1056. Latest update on March 12, 2012 at 06:28 AM by Virginia Parsons.
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