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Disable Network Access to Windows Registry

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

  • 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.
  • Rename it DisableRegistryTools and double click on it and set the value to 1 and click OK.
  • Close the Registry Editor. Restart your PC and at this point, access to the Windows registry 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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