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How to Disable Network Access to Windows Registry

How to Disable Network Access to Windows Registry

In today’s article, we will learn how to disable network access to windows registry. Previously, we looked at how to Change Administrator on Windows 10, today we will add a disable registry editor.

You can disable access to the registry editor in Group Policies and in the registry editor, and if the first method is supported only in professional and corporate versions of Windows, then the second is suitable for everyone.

Disable access to the registry editor using group policies to the user under whom you are logged in.

To complete this instruction, the user must have administrator rights, if he does not have them, you can give him them temporarily and, after making the changes, select the rights, or go to the next item, log into the system under the administrator account and disable the registry editor for the necessary users.

Group policies can only be run in professional and corporate versions of Windows, if you have a home one, go to the method using the registry editor.

 

How to Disable Network Access to Windows Registry

 

  • Open the local group policy editor: in the search bar or in the run menu (run by pressing Win + R keys) write the command gpedit.msc  and press Enter.
  • In the left column, open User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ System \. When “System” is selected in the left column, in the right find Deny access to registry editing tools  and double-click on it with the left mouse button.
  • Put a dot in front of “Enabled”, below near “Disable starting the registry editor without warning, select” Yes “and click” OK. “Now the user under whom you followed this instruction will not be able to open the registry editor, but will be able to make changes to the registry using the command line or using .reg files. If you want the user to not be able to make changes to the registry, select “No” next to “Disable starting the registry editor without warning.

 

Close the Group Policy Editor and try to run the registry editor, you will write an error.

 

Disable access to the registry editor using group policies

To disable access to the registry editor to other computer users – your account must have administrator rights!

The Group Policy tool is not available for users with the home version of Windows; therefore, this instruction is suitable only for those who have the professional, corporate, and maximum versions installed.

Earlier we described how to change group policies for other computer users, so we will not dwell on this in detail.

 

  • In the search bar or menu, execute the command mmc and press Enter.
  • In the window that opens, in the upper left, select “File” => “Add or Remove Snap-in”
  • In the left column, find and select “Local Group Policy Object Editor” => click “Add”
  • Click on “Browse”
  • In the “Users” tab, select the user who needs to disable the registry editor and click “OK”
  • Click “Finish”
  • Click “OK”
  • In the left column, open User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ System \. When “System” is selected in the left column, in the right find Deny access to registry editing tools  and double-click on it with the left mouse button.
  • Put a dot in front of “Enabled”, next to “Disable starting the registry editor without warning, select” Yes “and click” OK. “Now the user under whom you followed this instruction will not be able to open the registry editor, but will be able to make changes to the registry using the command line or using .reg files. If you want the user to not be able to make changes to the registry, select “No” next to “Disable starting the registry editor without warning”

 

Close the console, now the user for whom you made the changes will not be able to start the registry editor.

 

Disable access to the registry editor using the registry editor

To execute this instruction, the user under whom you are logged in must have administrator rights. This manual works in all editions of Windows. Before making changes to the registry editor, we recommend creating a point to restore the system!

  • Open the registry editor: in the search bar or in the run window, write regedit command and press Enter.
  • In the left sidebar, you need to go to the section HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ ProfileList  When you otroet section  the ProfileList  (by clicking the arrow next to it) then it would mean each section of a user, click on any section and in the right column in the parameter  ProfileImagePath  you will see the path to the profile.
  • In the ProfileList section ,  select each section in turn, and look for the user who needs to disable the registry editor in the ProfileImagePath  parameter  . When you find – remember or rewrite yourself somewhere the name of the section  S -1 – … .;
  • In the left side panel, open HKEY_USERS and look for the section name from paragraph  2 (S-1- ….), open it;
  • Further down the branch, go to \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \. In the Policies section, we need the System section  , if it is not, click on the Policies  section  with the right mouse button and select “Create” => Section;
  • Name the new System section and select it.
  • When the System section is selected in the left column, in the right column in an empty space, right-click and select “Create” => DWORD parameter (32 bits)
  • Name the parameter
  • Open the DisableRegistryTools parameter by double-clicking the left mouse button => put 1 in the value field  and click “OK”

 

End Note

You can close the registry editor, now the user whose branch we edited will not be able to open the registry editor. If you want him to return access to the registry editor – correct the value in the Disable Registry Tools parameter to  0If you want to disable the registry editor for yourself, do items 4 through 8 in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ System branch  . If you disabled access to the registry editor for your user, you can enable it using the built-in administrator account , or run the command line as administrator and run the command  reg add “HKCU \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ System “/ t Reg_dword / v DisableRegistryTools / f / d 0.

 

That’s it for today’s how to disable network access to windows registry. If you have any query let us know in comments.

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