On Windows 7 you can easily disable access to the registry editor which restricts and limits access to the registry system. This is important as it prevents remote (sometimes unskilled) users from accessing and modifying the registry files.
Disable Network Access to Windows Registry
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- To regain access to the registry, click the Start button and in the search field type the command gpedit.msc.
- Go to User Configuration/Administrative Templates/System, and double click on the parameter "Prevent access to registry.."
- Check "Disabled" and click OK. Finally, restart your computer to regain access to the registry.