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Windows 7 -Disable access to the registry




Under Windows 7 you can easily disable the access to registry editor to restrict users having limited administrative rights, to make modification to the system.

Implemetation

  • Click the Start button. In the Search field, type regedit.
  • Right click on the regedit.exe icon and click Run as administrator.
  • Expand the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Policies/System. 
  • Click on the Edit menu (at the top), click New then DWORD Value 32bit.
  • Named it as DisableRegistryTools and double click on it and set the value to 1 and click OK.
  • Expand the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/ Software/ Microsoft/ Windows/Current Version/Policies, System 
  • Click on the Edit menu (at the top), click New then DWORD Value 32bit.
  • Named it as DisableRegistryTools and double click on it and set the value to 1 and click OK.
  • Close the Registry Editor. Restart your PC and form there access to the registry access will be blocked

Revert changes

  • 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.
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