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The only way I could change permissions was to edit the registry in SAFE mode. However, when rebooting I once again cannot edit the key even though I have permissions to now do so. I expect that when the system is running it is somehow protecting this key from being changed. I have the same issue with a small number of registry keys (all MS Office 2010 related). First noticed it when Office tried to install an update and kept failing with a 1406 error.

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I couldn’t find any way of programmatically opening regedit and connecting to a remote host. After watching REGMON (by Sysinternals) open regedit and automatically navigate to a specific registry key, I was inspired to write this. You are hereby informed that the practice to access Registry Editor is similar for both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Click the root folder of your node, and then click "Unload hive" in the File menu. Your changes will be written to the offline Registry.

Sometimes a virus or malware program will simply prevent the registry loading by the name of the EXE file (regedit.exe). This is quite easy to bypass because you can just rename the EXE file to something else like regedit_new.exe and it might load just fine. Click your Windows icon, type “regedit” and select regedit.exe from the list of apps.

This helped with some automation I was developing that contained the “reg add” command so assuring the admins have access to the appropriate registry key helped. I have an issues with a key that is owned by system.

  • The ODM is used to store information about system and device configuration.
  • This is a serious drawback as we need the group policies even for managing settings of the local computer.
  • If that happens, and you don’t want to work with the keys or values at that location, just continue to minimize the registry keys until you’ve reached the top level, listing the various registry hives.
  • The local group policy is better than changing the settings through Windows Registry which is much riskier.
  • Most group policy settings can revert easily, while Registry editing can have adverse effects on the system.

How To Change Permissions On A Registry Key

There are very many articles, such as the current one, online about how to change protected registry keys. Unfortunately at this point I have not yet found one which genuinely works. Then, you can just return to the Permissions dialog box for the registry key and check the Full Control box under Allow again for your user name.

When I manually checked the keys involved (running regedit openal32.dll is missing as Admin) I could not get access using the method described above, or any other. I’m thinking some sort of hive corruption somewhere, but cannot identify where or how to fix it.

How To Enable Gpedit.msc (Group Policy) On Windows 10 Home Devices

Click Start to start the remote registry service. Again, this needs to be done on both machines. In the properties dialog, you need to change the Startup type to something other than Disabled. If you need to do this only one time, change it to Manual. If you need to access the remote registry often, choose Automatic.

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