Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator

Symptoms of the Error

If you have encountered this type of error message “Registry Editing has been disabled by your administrator”, then you won’t be able to open Registry Editor for some tweaks.

Registry Editor is one of the most important commands in the computer. Failure to access this command may not allow you to modify the registry and run applications or hardware smoothly.

Causes of the Error

This situation is used by IT departments of companies to prevent from editing the registry of the company computers. But if you’re the administrator of the computer and it suddenly appears without doing some tweaks in the registry, this might be a result of spyware, viruses, and malware such as Trojan horses, worms, etc.

Ways to resolve the error

There are many ways to get into the Registry Editor. You can access this and re-enable it by doing the steps below.

-          Enabling through VBScript Registry Tool

-          UnHookExec.inf by Symantec

-          Rename from Regedit.exe

-          Windows XP pro and Group Policy Editor

Enabling through VBScript Registry Tool and UnHookExec.inf will require you to download these files. These files are executable and will provide you the process of re-enabling the Registry Editor.

Some viruses and Trojan horse hinders the use of Registry Editor by loading a dummy file named as a diversion of the Regedit.exe. If you use the “Run” selection and type in “regedit”, it is the dummy and is executed instead of the Regedit.exe; hence, it is merely blocking the access to the real Registry Editor.

To make the Regedit.exe works, delete the and rename the real Regedit.exe.

Re-enable access to the Registry Editor using the Group Policy editor of Windows XP Professional

The steps below are given to reactivate your Registry Editor using the Group Policy Editor of Windows XP Professional.

  1. Click the “Start” button.
  2. Proceed to “Run” selection. And a new window will appear.
  3. Type in “gpedit.msc” in the text box and press “Enter” button.
  4. Proceed to this location “User Configuration>Administrative Templates>System”. This will now open a new window in the screen.
  5. Locate the selection “Prevent Access to the Registry Editing Tools’ in the window and double-click it.
  6. Select “Disabled” or “Not Configured” to “OK” and then press “Enter.”
  7. Close the window and try to reboot your computer system.
  8. After rebooting, open Regedit.


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