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How To Prevent Users from Accessing the Registry in Windows 7

If your computer is used by other family members or the public who aren’t technology savvy, then preventing them from accessing the Registry might be a good idea.

Procedure:

Navigate to Start and type gpedit.msc in the search bar. Select gpedit from the results to open Local Group Policy Editor.

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Go to User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System.  In the right window, under Setting, double click on Prevent access to registry editing tools.

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The Prevent access to registry editing tools dialog box opens. Select the Enabled radio button. Click OK to continue.

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Close Local Group Policy Editor. If a user tries to access the Registry, they will now be greeted with the following error message:

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