Applying permissions to a Windows registry key

  • ID de l'article 13811
  • Mis à jour : 15 juil. 2014

This article describes how to change permissions in the registry, in Windows. Do not edit the Windows registry unless you are confident about doing so.

Back up the registry

Before you edit the registry, you are advised make a backup:

  1. At the taskbar, click Start | Run | Type: regedit.exe | Press return.  Or for Windows 8 search the Start screen.  Example:


  2. If the User Account prompt appears click 'Yes'.
  3. On the 'Registry' menu, click 'Export'. In the 'Export Registry File' dialog select click 'All' for the 'Export range' option.
  4. Enter a name for the file and change the folder the backup is saved to, then save your registry as Backup.  Example:

What To Do

Windows 2003

  1. At the taskbar, click Start|Run. Type 'Regedit' and press 'Return'.
  2. In the 'Registry Editor' window, right-click the entry which you want to change, and choose 'Permissions'.
  3. The 'Permissions for <registry key name>' dialog is displayed.
    From here you can
    • select users and change their permissions.
    • click 'Advanced' to open the 'Access Control Settings for <registry key name>' dialog box, and change users access control.
  4. When you have completed your changes, click 'Apply' and 'OK' to accept them.

Windows Vista+

  1. Click Start,
    • In Vista - in the 'Start Search' field, type 'Regedit' and press 'Return'
    • In Windows 7 - in the 'Search programs and files' box, type 'Regedit' and press 'Return'
  2. In the 'Registry Editor' window, right-click the entry which you want to change, and choose 'Permissions'.
  3. The 'Permissions for <registry key name>' dialog is displayed.
    From here you can
    • select users and change their permissions.
    • click 'Advanced' to open the 'Access Control Settings for <registry key name>' dialog box, and change users access control.
  4. When you have completed your changes, click 'Apply' and 'OK' to accept them.

 
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