Hello! In today's article, I decided to show some examples of how you can open the registry editor. Yes, in many articles when solving a problem, I completely describe all the actions. But, after some time, I noticed that sometimes I don’t tell all the details of opening the registry, using only the phrase: “Go to the registry editor” or “Open the registry and change the value. "Without thinking that many newcomers are not even familiar with this utility and simply do not know how to run it, and as a result of this, this situation can lead them into a dead end. Therefore, I decided to correct myself and write detailed instructions on how to enter the Windows registry using several methods.
What is this system utility? The Windows registry is a tree-like database of all the settings of the Windows operating system in which the user can edit and change both the software and hardware settings of the computer. And in order for us to be able to see this database and change its contents, a utility called “Registry Editor” was pre-installed on Windows, which we’ll talk about now.
ATTENTION! Be very careful when editing the registry. Every step you take should be considered, otherwise, it’s better not to touch anything extra. Also, when setting up the registry according to any instructions from various sites, be sure to follow the sequence of actions and make only those changes that the author recommends. Because, even with minor changes, you can harm the system so that you have to completely install Windows again.
If, when opening the registry editor, you receive a notification with an error stating that editing is prohibited by the administrator, I recommend that you read this guide to resolve this misunderstanding.
Well, everything, part of the theory seems to be finished, now let's see how you can open the registry editor. Also, I want to mention that this instruction is suitable for absolutely all OS
The standard way to open the registry editor
By standard, we mean the way that most people are used to. This is launching the registry editor utility by typing a command in the Run window. We can start this window either by pressing the keys "Win + r"Or simply by going to the" Start "and on the right side click on the item"Run". In the line of the utility that opens, draw this command “regedit", And confirm it by pressing the"Enter».
Immediately after clicking the "OK" or "Enter" button, a registry editing window will open, where changes will be made to the operating system settings.
Starting the registry using the shortcut in the start menu
The next option is to use the search bar to search for the Start menu.
In Windows 7, we open the launch in the bottom line of the search, prescribe the same command as in the first version of “regedit”. After that, in the list of found programs, click on the icon with the name "regedit.exe". As a result, registry settings will open.
initial screen), click on the search icon. And in the field that appears, enter “regedit” Immediately, under the search bar there are results in which we find and launch the registry editor.
Starting the Regedit.exe file from the system folder
The third method is no more complicated than the previous two. This time, to open the registry, we need to run the executable file Regedit.exe, which is located in the WIndows folder.
So, we go along the path: C: Windows and in the top line of the search draw Regedit, which allows us to quickly find the file we need. From the list that appears, double-click on the found registry editor and wait for the utility to start.
In order to open registry editor in Windows 7, just follow these steps:
- Click on the "Start" button located in the lower left part of the screen (in the corner):
Further, if you work in the system under the user account not endowed with administrative rights, you will be given a message about the need to confirm your action and enter the administrator password. Enter everything you need.
The result of your actions will be the appearance of the opened Windows 7 Registry Editor:
As you can see, opening the registry editor in Windows 7 is not very difficult.
Open registry editor
Method 1 - run through the window
This is probably one of the easiest and most universal ways to open the registry editor (works in Windows XP / 7/8/10). I will sign all the steps in steps:
- press the key combination first WIN + R(plus no need to click) ,
- at the bottom of the corner should be a small window "Run" in which there will be one line "Open" (an example in the screenshot below),
now in line "Open" write a team regedit and press the Enter key,
Open the registry editor through the run window // Windows 10
if a window appears asking about permissions to make changes - click "Yes",
Allow this application to make changes.
Method 2 - through the command line
- First, open the command line - the easiest way to find a shortcut to launch it in the START menu (in Windows 10 it’s convenient to use SEARCH for this, see the example in the screenshot below),
Run command line in Windows 10
at the command prompt you need to enter regedit (all the same command ☻) and press the Enter key. The registry editor should open.
Command line - regedit command
Method 3 - through the system folder
Depending on your version of Windows and its settings, the regedit file may be located in different folders:
- C: Windows SysWOW64 (the most common default option in Windows 10),
- C: Windows System32
- C: Windows
Then everything is simple: open the explorer (or another commander), open the system folder and find the file regedit, open it like a regular program. An example is presented in the screenshot below.
Find regedit through Explorer
Method 4 - Through Windows Search
In Windows 10, you can click on the magnifying glass icon next to the START menu and enter in the search bar regedit - among the results found, you will see a shortcut to launch the editor (see example below).
Search regedit via the START menu
In addition, you can open Explorer, then open the Windows system drive (usually C: ) and in the search bar also enter regedit - after a while you will see a link to launch the registry editor (example below).
Finding regedit on a system drive in Explorer
Method 5 - using special. utilities
There are hundreds of utilities for working with the registry! In this article I bring to your attention one of the best (in my humble opinion).
Very handy utility to clean up the registry. Allows you to remove junk and erroneous data from it, defragment and compress, take pictures (to compare changes in the registry BEFORE and AFTER installing any program), etc.
It also allows you to edit the registry without opening the built-in Windows editor. The utility is fully translated into Russian, supports Windows 7/8/10 (32/64 bits).
After installing and starting Reg Organizer, open the "Tools" menu and click on the "Registry Editor" link (see the screenshot below).
Tools - Registry Editor // Reg Organizer
Actually, then you can work with registry settings as in a classic editor. Also add here that Reg Organizer has additional tools: a more convenient search, the ability to take pictures, there are favorites, etc.
Registry Editor in Reg Organizer Utility
What to do if the registry is locked and does not open
First, do not panic ☻.
Secondly, try opening the registry through the Reg Organizer utility (which I advised in method 5, a couple of lines above).
Thirdly, download the AVZ antivirus utility to your computer (it will help restore the system to its normal working mode).
About AVZ (where to download, what are the advantages, and what is it) you can find in one of my articles: https://ocomp.info/luchshie-antivirusyi-17.html#AVZ
Next, run AVZ and open the menu "Service / System Resources" - in this menu there will be a link to launch the registry editor. Try to open it (an example is shown in the screenshot below).
Service utility AVZ - attempt to open editor
If it didn’t open, go to the menu "File" and click on the link "System Restore" (see screen below).
File - System Restore // AVZ
Next, check off all the parameters that you want to restore (among them there is also the one we need, namely "Unlocking the registry reactor", see the screenshot below - marked in yellow) .
By the way, AVZ helps out in many cases, so I recommend that you not be limited to one point.
Unlock Registry Editor
Actually, after the recovery and reboot procedure, I recommend that you check it for viruses all in the same AVZ utility (moreover, even if you have an antivirus in your system).
For antivirus scanning in AVZ, you must specify the disks, indicate the methods of treatment for the viruses found, and click the START button. An example is presented in the screenshot below.
Anti-virus system scan in AVZ
Actually, after a similar recovery procedure, the registry editor begins to open in normal mode.
PS: also, as an option, you can try to start the system in safe mode and open the editor from under it.
If this doesn’t help, it might be worth considering reinstalling Windows.
That's all I wanted to say. Additions are welcome.