Registry Editing Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator

Today a friend of mine asked that his registry editor had been disabled accidentally and now how should he enable it back again. Here are three ways to enable the registry editing in Windows.If Windows Registry Editor has been disabled, it shows the following error message:

“Registry Editing Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator”

Registery Editing Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator

1- From Group Policy Editor

Go to Run –> gpedit.msc
In the left hand menu, go to User Config –> Administrative Templated –> System.
Now In the right hand pane, select “Prevent access to registry editing tools”. It will probably be not configured or enabled. If it’s enabled, disable it and if it’s not configured, first enable it, apply settings and then disable it. Most probably the settings have been applied instantly. If not, then run gpupdate in command prompt to apply the group policies.

2- From the Run Menu

I got this tweak while surfing the internet. Go to Start –> Run, copy and paste the follow in the Run box and press OK.
REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
The effects are usually instant. If not then you should see the results after restarting your computer.

3- Using Smart Virus Remover

If none of the above methods work, please download our Smart Virus Remover from here:
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Using this Virus Remover please restore your Windows settings and your registry editor will be re-enabled.





211 responses to “Registry Editing Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator”

  1. Adam

    Nice tweak! saved the day

  2. Vitali

    Excellent. Top marks for Abdullah. I was already preparing myself for Windows reinstall :-))

  3. sridhar

    Thank you very much

  4. Rakesh

    Thanks, It is very useful and easy

  5. Dilip

    Nice, It is working.
    Problem solved after a long time.

  6. alex

    Tweak number 2 worked great. thank you!

  7. Arun

    Thanks it worked.

  8. namar

    I m having a pc ,which is effected with viruses and I am not able to access task manager,registry.
    I have tried both the options, which you have said ,ie Gpedit and the command prompt.
    But still i dont have access…
    in this computer i am having virus called flashy and system_pif…
    normally i deletes the flashy virus by going to registry..
    since the registry is disabled ,i m not able to delete it….
    could you please help me

    1. Sanix

      namar you should download the flashy remover from the following location:
      After removing the virus, you should download Smart Virus Remover from the following location and restore your Windows settings including Registry editor, task manager, Folder Options etc.

  9. Billy

    Thanks alot for all of urs helping!!!

  10. Zee

    This really helped, all my life with my PC, I’d always never been able to edit my registry and that almost drove me to the point of dumping the whole system. I just thought I’d search for solutions on the web and after a long travel through other websites without solution, I found this website and here I am saying I CAN NOW EDIT MY REGISTRY…thanks to you, Sanix.

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  12. Abhishek

    Help me plz..
    Here i tried as u said.. I hav Win Xp pro,
    I opened
    and typed there
    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0
    but this is not error is coming
    Error: Access is denied.
    Here one more thing is that my gpedit.msc is getting open but all options like System and whatever else in User Config –> Administrative Templated-> is not displaying except Windows Component
    Here what should i do…Plz help me out..i m really in need.
    Thanks in advance..

  13. G-Track

    magic… thanks

  14. Sharad Atre

    Thanks a lot….

  15. kim

    SANIX..i tried both but i still don’t have TASK MANAGER access and still having the message “registry editing has been disabled by your administrator”…please help me..why did it worked with the others and not with me..what am i doing wrong..i’ll be checking this site for your answer..thanks

  16. Kamran

    Sorry.but it does’t work.what esle can i do??

  17. Nagesh

    it working fine.

  18. Rajat

    This solution given was really amazzzzzzziiiiiing prior to this I was planning to reinstall my OS, but no need to do that now….Hats off to you..

  19. tigress

    The tweak was awesome – pasted it into the RUN box and voila…thanks so much!!

  20. kushal bohra

    thanks it worked for me tooo

  21. elnady

    thanks ,it’s useful information ……. it solves the problem

  22. Himanshu sethi

    Wow, you guys are great … The technical person told me to reinstall the windows but i knew there might be some other solution.. Thanks to you guys who are really workin hard to resolve such kinda problems.. Thankyou so much for saving my time…. you what guys this is youngistan..Cheerss…

  23. Pixar

    Thanks guys.It really works. I tried a lot of things from different sites but none gave me a hand but you guys helped me a lot.So hats off to you guys.

  24. mark angelo

    thanks alot it worked for me… i’d try the first one thanks.

  25. Mr. Thumb

    thanks , the 2nd one has worked even without restarting the computer!!
    keep up the good work gays

  26. Kachi

    Superb…It s working. Thanks a lot

  27. piklu

    thak u its worked

  28. RaduZ

    hy im a student and ive been trying all of the things mentioned above and they didint work for ex when i try gpedit it shows me a message saying that its disabled by my administrator.You know how to get arround it? (if u can email me with the answer

  29. Preeti

    Worked for me thx a lot

  30. obama

    ive been trying all of things above

  31. AlexT

    I tried everything said previously and I haven’t been able to solve the problem. All my 3 computers seem to be infected with this thing. I cannot access neither the Task Manager and the Registry Editor. Can someone please help me. Thanks in advance!

  32. Muhammad Abdullah

    AlexT try the smart virus remover here

  33. Aqeek Abbas

    Smart Virus Remover kickss asss … thx u

  34. e melby

    most awsome prog I have found thanks so much

  35. k9crow

    thanks for that simple sofware.. it works like GOLD

  36. right

    Do you really think the fake posts saying ‘thanks guys it worked’ are fooling anyone?

  37. Shaizad

    SANIX..i tried both but i still don’t have TASK MANAGER access and still having the message “registry editing has been disabled by your administrator”…please help me..why did it worked with the others and not with me..what am i doing wrong..i’ll be checking this site for your answer..thanks

  38. JuztJeck19

    tnx!!!!!!!!!!!!! it works very much….. ^_^

  39. jeseef cm

    Thank u very much, my problem solved 🙂

  40. mon

    u r wonderful

  41. arunkumar

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  42. emmanuel

    Wow, awesome. This really works to my two computers. I have 3 PC. Unfortunately, for the other one. I’ve gone to “administrative templated”, but then only “windows component” appeared. The “system” wasn’t there. How could this be? Tnx.

  43. LRX

    Cool tips, great free software and more important works well on my pc… you guys are awesome

  44. Renz

    Tnx for the help! god Bless!

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  46. nikx

    thanx a lot dear…

  47. Paul Loui

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  49. Thanks

    Thanks. This worked. I’d still love to know the cause of this though. Is it because of some virus? I’m running a full system scan as we speak… hope it’s nothing serious.
    Thanks again!

    1. Sanix

      Most of the times, this is done by viruses or otherwise if you’re in a network, then an administrator can also disable registry editing.

  50. Thanks

    Funny thing was that even the help from the Microsoft Website wasn’t good enough to get the problem fixed. You rock dude. 🙂