If I disable Registry access, how do I, the Admin, access it again?

Posted on 2011-10-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I need to disable access to RegEdit for my users, but as Admin I still need to be able to access it.

These are older Windows 2000 boxes that have not responded to a GPO that disables the Registry (not sure why).  

So I have two questions.  One, if I disable Registry access on the workstation itself, will I still be able to access the Registry remotely (open RegEdit on my workstation and connect to the remote workstation).  

Two, if disabling it locally will also disable remote access, is there a way I can remove the Registry restriction once it's in place (since I won't be able to access the Registry).

Thanks in advance.
Question by:Around_the_World
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    "if I disable Registry access on the workstation itself, will I still be able to access the Registry remotely "

    Yes you can do that.

    You could also rename regedit.exe to another name.
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    You can try this at logon script:

    REG ADD HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 00000001

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    I not sure if reg.exe exist on Windows 2000.
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    One more thing, this might funtion after you restart the computer.

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