Error "Registry Editing has been disabled by your administrator"Published: July 21, 2004
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When you run the Tweak UI PowerToy for Windows XP, the following message may be displayed:
Tweak UI has been disabled by your administrator.
Also, the following error message is displayed when you start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe):
Registry Editing has been disabled by your administrator
This error occurs if the DisableRegistryTools Policy is enabled.
For a Windows Vista version of this article, see "Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator" in Windows Vista
Removing the DisableRegistryTools restriction
For standalone Windows XP systems, perform the steps below to remove the registry editing restrictions.
Method 1: Using the REG.EXE console tool
1. Click Start, Run and type this command:
You should be able to launch Tweak UI, as well as the Registry Editor.
Method 2: Using the Group Policy Editor (Windows XP Professional only)
- Click Start, Run and type gpedit.msc and press ENTER
- Go to the following location:
User Configuration | Administrative Templates | System
- Double-click Disable registry editing tools and set it to Not Configured
- Exit the Group Policy Editor
Note: If the setting already reads Not Configured, set it to Enabled, and click Apply. Then revert it back to Not Configured. This ensures that the DisableRegistryTools registry value is removed successfully.
Spanish version of the article is here.
(Muchas gracias a Pepe Gallardo, Microsoft MVP, por traducir el artículo original al español. Para una versión inglesa del mismo, clic aquí.)