Here I am with another IT solution, so in today’s article, we will learn how to disable access to the Registry Editor in Windows 10. Seems interesting but wait, why I need to disable access to the Registry Editor? So there are several reasons for this but mainly it is necessary to keep your PC and windows system safe. As we all know, Registry is a critical part of the Windows system no matter it is windows 10 or any other and making improper changes or actions on Registry may directly cause system/program failure or can make your windows unusable or unbootable. So to prevent, restrict or block other people from accessing Registry Editor in your Windows 10 systems you can use the methods which I am sharing below. So here I am sharing 3 different ways to do so, and you can use any one of them as per your comfort.
Disable Registry Editor In Windows 10 Using Group Policy Editor
The Group Policy Editor or GPEDIT is a Windows administration tool which allows you (Network Administrator) to configure and control several important settings on your Windows PC or networks. With Group Policy Editor administrators can configure and control password requirements, programs, and decide what applications or settings other users that are connected with your network can change on their own. We are talking about administrator or networks that doesn’t mean you can’t use GPEDIT on your personal PC, so if you have a personal PC running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can also access the Group Policy Editor but it’s called the Local Group Policy Editor.
So let’s start the process, but before that make sure that the user account which one’s access you want to block should be a standard account. First You’ll need to make the account an administrator account (for temporarily) to disable access to the registry editor, after that you should turn it back to a standard account. Changing the account type is something that you can do anytime, and you can do this easily by following these steps…
Changing Standard Account To An Administrator Account
1.First of all, open the Start menu and click on the Settings option.
2. From the Windows settings page, select the “Accounts Setting” option.
3. Now click on the Family & other users option from the left sidebar and then click on the user account that you want to change.
4. After selecting the account, click on the “change account type” option.
5. Now on the Change account type section, select Administrator from the Account type dropdown list and click OK, this will make the user “Administrator”.
You can again follow the same process to make that user account “Standard”, the only thing you need to change will the User account type from “Administrator to Standard.’
So that’s it, thus you can a Standard user account to Administrator account or vice versa, no let’s go further and see how we can disable registry editor in windows 10…
Disabling Registry Editor
So once you’ve changed the account type into administrator, follow these steps to disable registry editor in windows 10…
1.Log in with that account in which you want to disable the registry editor (New Administrator Account).
2. Now open the Run dialog section by pressing Windows key + R and then in the Run dialog box type gpedit.msc and hit Enter button.
3. The command you’ve entered in the Run box will open the Group Policy Editor, and when it opens, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System. After that double-click on the Prevent access to registry editing tools option from the right sidebar.
4. Now from the Prevent access to registry editing tools dialog box, select the “Enabled” option and then click on “Ok.” After that close the Local Group Policy Editor and reboot your computer.
5. Now make sure that the user account you want to prevent from accessing the registry editor, convert their account back to a standard account. Standard users cannot make changes in the Group Policy Editor, and if anyone tries then the user will get an error message saying “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator“.
So that’s how you can disable registry editor in windows 10 using group policy editor. Now if you want to re-enable access to the Registry Editor, open the Prevent access to registry editing tools setting again in the Local Group Policy Editor and this time select either Not Configured or Disabled on the Prevent access to registry editing tools dialog box.
Disable Registry Editor In Windows 10 Using Registry Editor Trick
This is the second method, the help of which you can disable the registry editor in windows 10, you can also use this method in Windows 8 and 7. But remember that you must have Administrative rights to use this method means the User’s account is needed to be an Administrator Account, if it is not, change it with the process I mentioned with the previous method, To use this method follow these simple steps…
1.This one also starts with Run Command Section, so open the Run dialog box by pressing Window key + R. Then type Regedit and hit the Enter button.
2. This command will open the Registry Editor and once it will open, navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > System. Keep in mind that If the System key doesn’t exist, then you need to create it.
3. Now from the right sidebar, right-click on any empty space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and set its name DisableRegistryTools and set its value to 1.
4. Now it is completed and when you try to access Registry Editor, you’ll get the same error message “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator”.
That’s it, thus you can disable registry editor in windows 10 via using Registry Editor Trick method. In the future, if you want to regain access to the registry editor, you have to log on as another administrator account and delete the registry value DisableRegistryTools.
Disable Registry Editor In Windows 10 Using Third-Party Software
Yes, we can also disable the registry editor in windows 10 using third-party software. The software we are talking about is Protect My Folders. This software can lock & protect Registry Editor with a password so that anyone can’t access Registry Editor without knowing the password(set by administrators). So let’s see how you can disable windows registry by using Protect My Folders software…
1.Click here and download and install Protect My Folders software on your windows system. After installing it when you launch it for the first time, it will ask you to set a password.
2. After creating the password, Protect My Folders software starts, now click on Add/Lock option. It will open the File/Folder selection dialog. Now choose the C:\Windows\regedit.exe file and click Add, next click OK.
3. Now on the software screen, you’ll see the regedit application is locked. After that Close Protect My Folders software.
4. That’s it, now when someone tries to access Registry Editor, he or she will receive the same error message, “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator”.
So thus you can disable registry editor in windows 10 using third party software (Protect My Folders). This method will block all users from accessing Registry Editor. In the future, if you want to regain access to the registry editor, you have to relaunch the Protect My Folders software and enter your password then unlock the regedit.exe app.
These are our three best methods to disable the windows registry in windows 10. Hopefully, you may have understood all the methods, but still, if you have any questions regarding these methods you can ask us in the comments section.