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Windows 7 - Can't delete registry key

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When trying to delete a key in the registry, 64-bit Windows 7 says "Cannot delete <key>. Error while deleting key." I've removed inherited permissions, I'm the owner, and I have full control. The key is in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VirtualStore. (The key refers to a program that I uninstalled, but it left keys defined in the registry.)
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Firstly - if you have UAC turned on, make sure that you run regedit from an elevated command prompt. (create a shortcut to cmd on your desktop, right-click, run as Administrator)

If you still have no luck - try deleting the key in Safe Mode (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Start-your-computer-in-safe-mode)

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by:John Griffith
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Activate Hidden Admin user account - it has full Admin permissions -

http://jcgriff2.com/0x1/Activate_Hidden_Admin.html
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Turns out this registry key (in VirtualStore) was a mirror of a key elsewhere in the registry. Removing that key resulted in this one being deleted automatically. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Answered my own question.
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