Registry editing has been disabled by your Administartor – How to fix it?

Does computer show up the message Registry Editing has Been Disabled by your Administrator when trying to open the Registry Editor? The possible cause may be either the administrator of that computer has disabled it or due to the virus attack on your computer has disabled the registry editor. The best ways to enable your system Registry Editor are described in this tutorial.

Registry editing has been disabled by your Administartor

The entries on the registry window are important; altering them can give rise to several errors on your computer. Regedit is the command to get into the Windows Registry editor. The virus makers or the hackers disable the Registry Editor so that detection of problem and resolving gets difficult. Some of the administrator knowingly disables the Registry editor to restrict the use of the registry entries as any change in the entries can create a lot of trouble on the computer.

Ways to Enable Registry Editor

Using a registry tool

Registry editor can be enabled by using regtools.vbs. This is a VBscript that enables or disables the Registry Editor. As the registry editor is disabled it can’t be changed manually so the registry tool is necessary. Download regtools and double-click on it to run it, then reboot your PC and try to open the Registry Editor. This tool will gain the access to Registry editor.

Use of Symantec’s tool

Symantec’s tool can be used to reset shell\open\command registry keys. Due to some Trojans or other malicious virus the registry entries are changed which in turn cause the virus to run each time you try to run an .exe file such as the Registry Editor. This issue can be solved by downloading UnHookExec.inf file from Symantec’s website. After downloading right-click on it and select install. Upon completion of installation restart your computer and then try to open the Registry Editor.

Renaming Regedit.com to Regedit.exe

Some malicious viruses prevent the access to regedit.exe by overriding it to regedit.com. Regedit.com is a dummy file of zero byte. The viruses are successful in disabling registry editor as .com files have preference over .exe files. Thus, when attempting to run regedit.exe command the regedit.com runs. To get rid of this delete the regedit.com file if it’s a zero byte file to restore access to regedit.exe. Some malware such as the W32.Navidad worm, you need to rename the regedit file to get it to work.

Change registry editor options in Group Policy Editor

In order to get access to the registry editor you can change its setting under Group Policy Editor if you have access to administrative user account. To do so, click on Start and select Run. In the Run dialog box type gpedit.msc and hit Enter. When Group Policy Editor setting window appears navigate to the location User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System. Under the option search for Prevent Access to Registry Editing Tools. Double-click on it to change. Select Disabled or Not Configured and choose OK. Lastly, close the Group Policy Editor and restart your computer and try opening the registry editor.

Change group policy

The different ways to gain access on the Registry editor are describe above. Upon following the steps you can enable the access and remove all malicious entries in it and ensure a better performance of your system.

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