RE:Windows XP Registry editing has been disabled by administrator

Posted on 2005-04-18
Last Modified: 2008-02-01

When I log into a machine has the user I will get the following error when I try to open the registry "Registry editing has been disabled by administrator ".  This just happens with a few users

I checked group policy and nothing is configured, I also checked the local group policy and there is nothing configured.

I have up todate antivirus and xp updates.

My question is there anyway of enabling registry editing?  

Question by:bjennings
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    Expert Comment

    Have you tried logging in as the administrator is Safemode?


    Author Comment

    I am sorry, If I log into the computer with a domain admin account I can get to the registry, just not has the user
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    It sure *sounds* like it's a policy somewhere that's doing it.
    Did you run rsop.msc to see if anything shows up?

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    Expert Comment

    Try adding the group 'Domain Users' to the 'Administrators' group of the local machine.  This would make all standard users Administrators of the local machine.  Just use it with caution because it can open a whole can of worms when you get people that much access.
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    ok heres the policy setting:

    User configuration
         Administrative templates
                 Prevent Access to registry editing tools   < disable this

    then you have changed that option; in a command prompt type: gpedit /force
    (I think thats the command) and it will force refresh all the policies.

    hope that helps


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    Expert Comment

    Error message "Registry Editing has been disabled by your administrator"

    Author Comment

    Thank you!!!   This is very strange, the local group policy setting for "prevent access to registry editing tools" was "not configured", I always thought that meant disabled.  When I did infact  change it to disabled I was able to get the the registry of a user.


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