How to Disable Access to Registry Editor in Windows 10

Here is how to disable Registry Editor access in Windows 10:

Notes

  • Before continuing, I suggest creating a System Restore Point.
  • These steps prevent anyone from accessing the Registry Editor, including you.

Steps

Open local group policy editor.

Navigate to the User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System.

Then double-click “Prevent access to registry editing tools” in the right pane.

Select Enabled.

Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Note: In order to enable Registry Editor access, follow the above steps but select Not Configured or Disabled.

Alternate Method

Here are some important points to keep in mind:

  • These steps only prevent the current user from accessing the Registry.
  • You will need to perform these steps if you want to do this with a Standard user account: Change that account into an Administrator account, sign into that account, then follow the steps below. Once you’re done, sign out of that account and log in to the Administrator account. Make that account a Standard account. 

Steps

Open Registry Editor. I suggest a Registry backup before continuing.

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies.

Hit System. If you cannot find it, you must create it. Here’s how: Right-click on the Policies key and choose New > Key. Type System and then press Enter.

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter DisableRegistryTools as a name and then press the Enter key.

Double-click it and enter 1 in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button.

That’s it.

When you access the Registry Editor from now on, you’ll see this message: Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator.

Note: If you want to enable Registry Editor access, you need to enter another administrator account. Replace the 1 with 0 or delete the above DWORD you created.

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