How to Enable Registry Editor
Windows registry is a huge repository of data used by Windows necessary to configure the system for different users, applications and hardware devices. Windows registry holds the data that Windows constantly uses during its operation. Some necessary information contains within it are user profiles, software installed and hardware that exists on the computer. On a more technical aspect, Windows registry holds the reference for system configuration and ports assigned to hardware on the system.
Sometimes, we have to resort to Windows registry as final approach in troubleshooting computer malfunction. It is also on this data that virus embeds own code to have control over the infected system. After modification, virus will lock it so that victims will not be able to alter changes it has made.
To enable registry editor that was disabled by virus infection, please do the following to regain your access.
Enable Registry Editor using Group Policy Editor
Note: This option is not available in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Home Edition.
1. Click on the Start > Run and type gpedit.msc on the field.
2. Navigate to:
- User Configuration
- Administrative Templates-
3. On the setting: Prevent access to registry editing tools.
4. Click Disabled and click on the OK button to save settings.
5. Reboot your computer.
Enable Registry Editor Using Free Tool
RRT or Remove Restrictions Tool is a free tool to enable access to different Windows process disbaled by virus infections.
This tool is used to enable access to:
- Registry Tools (regedit)
- Folder Options
- Show Hidden Files
Download RRT: http://www.sergiwa.com/modules/mydownloads/
Note: Trial version of RRT does not have function to enable registry editor.
Enable Registry Editor Using Registry Reset Tool
1. Download the tool UnHookExec.Inf from the above link.
2. Save it to a location on your hard drive.
3. Locate the file UnHookExec.Inf and double-click to install.
The tool is a small file that will reset your registry values to their default settings. Installation will not provide notice or any information.