Enabling The Registry Editor When It Is Blocked By Administrator

It might be possible that your operating system locked or has disabled registry editor tool to protect vital system registry. It is the normal and common cause of disabled RegEdit, however other cause of blocked registry editor could be due to the viruses.

Blocking registry editor prevents the users to run or start registry editor tool anymore. Whenever user attempts to start RegEdit.exe, user will get error “registry editor has been disabled by administrator”. Hence it is not possible to eliminate restriction on registry editor usage with registry editor itself. However user can exercise various ways to edit registry to eliminate the policy which hinder registry editor from initializing.

Unblocked Registry Editor by Using Local Group Policy Editor

User can make amendments in registry editor using local group policy editor. Every user who is using windows vista, windows XP professional, and other operating system enabled with local group policy editor and access to administrative account, and the user can modify the options of registry editor.   

  • Click on start>run( or use start search option in windows vista)
  • Type GPEdit.msc and press enter.
  • Navigate to following location: 

User Configuration>Administrative Templates>System

  • In setting pane, navigate to prevent access to registry editor tool option. Now click on this option to open settings dialog box.
  • Select not configured or Disable it.
  • Click ok button to apply changes and to execute the changed files
  • Now run Regedit.exe, and if it is not opening still, then restart your computer.

VBS Script Is another Option to Disable or Enable Registry Editor

VBS script (.vbs) is developed by Doug Knox which allows user to toggle between disable or enable registry editor. User can download regtools.vbs file and save into folder, then click on it to start VBS script.

This tool scans the computer and checks for correct value related to enabling/disabling of registry editor.  If registry key is missing or not found, then key will be produced to disable your registry editor.

 

On the other hand if key is available, then you will get opposite result and you will be informed to logoff and reboot your computer.

All modifications by the VBS script made in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

Reset Registry Values to Default Settings using UnHookExec.inf

As we know some times viruses disable or block the registry editor tool on your computer. There are many malware, worms, virus, and Trojan hitting every computer now and then. Therefore, you need to update your antivirus to keep your computer safe. However, if your registry editor tool is blocked by virus, then you can use UnHookExec.inf file to reset the all settings of your registry editor. Normally, these viruses prevent users to make any changes in registry editor. Even viruses change the file name and disable them. Therefore Symantec makes .inf script to solve this problem by applying default setting.

This software only resets registry values and keys related to COM, EXE, PIF, REG, SCR, and BAT extensions. Hence users who want to re enable registry editor has to modify the .inf settings manually. What you need is to do just download it and save on your desktop. Now install it by clicking on UnHookExec.inf file.

Immediately action will be started without any notice box and display. It means no boxes will appear on the screen before and after running the application. After completing action try to start RegEdit.exe. If problem persist then reboot your computer.

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