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Prevent Access To The Windows Registry

The Windows Registry, has been a part of the Windows operating system for a very long time. In fact, It was first Introduced In Windows 3.1 back In the early 90s, but with minimal settings. Nowadays, It's a very powerful tool when used In the right context, however not every user utilizes It with good Intent. In this tutorial, I will show you how to prevent access to the Registry In It's entirety without the aid of third-party tools.

I've personally been (and still am) a heavy user of the Windows Registry, and can confidently say that you can accomplish just about anything you like relative to the functionality of the Windows operating system. Whilst this Is of benefit for legit purposes, those with malicious Intent, can render your system useless within a matter of a few seconds.

And those who perform Incorrect edits, can cause significant system Instability and/or loss of functionality. Disabling access to the Registry, will prevent all this and I'll show you how It's done using the Group Policy Editor. Do note that the GPE Is only available In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. So without further ado, let's rip Into this guide.

Step One:
To access the Group Policy Editor, open the Run menu, type gpedit.msc and hit "OK".

Step Two:
Next, navigate to the following directory:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System

Then double-click:
Prevent Access To Registry Editing Tools

Step Three:
On the left of the window, click the Enabled radio button, and then select No via the drop-down menu below. Then click OK to finalize the process.

Last Step:
Here's what happened when I tried to access the Registry. As you can see, It's disabled.

Final Thoughts:
Given there Is a number of ways to disable the Windows Registry, such as using third-party tools or via the Registry Itself, what makes this tweak quite effective Is the fact that users will not be entirely sure of how It was done. Particularly due to the Group Policy Editor being unbeknownst to the average user, and even some who're experienced In the IT sector.

To reverse the change and have the Registry functioning as per It's original state, go back to Step Three above and select the Not Configured radio button.


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