Registry Permissions in Windows® 7
Do you want to know about Registry Permissions in Windows® 7 and how to edit them? Read on.
Windows 7 is the latest operating system developed by Microsoft. For Microsoft Windows systems, the registry is a database that includes the entire system configuration and setting's information. It was first introduced with the Windows 3.1 version. The registry is a central storing place for configuration of data of the operating system and any installed programs. Modifying the registry may cause serious issues with the stability of Windows and installed programs so the registry is protected with a permission system, same as used for file security. Often it may be necessary to alter these permissions so that you may get a program working properly or it gives a particular user access to modify the registry entries.
The following are the tips to edit registry entries in Windows 7:
- Editing registry entries
- Back up your computer and registry
- Things to keep in mind
Editing registry entries
To edit registry entries you need to click 'Start' button followed by 'Run'. Then you need to type 'REGEDIT' and click 'OK'. Once your Registry Editor gets open, you need to browse to the key containing the value that you need to edit. Once you may click to highlight the key, in the right pane the values contained in the key may appear. You need to right click the value that you need to edit and choose the action you wish to make. These options can be Modify, Modify Binary Data, Delete, or Rename from the right click menu.
Back up your computer and registry
Before making changes to the registry you need to back up your computer and registry. So, if you face any issue, you may restore the registry to the previous state. You shall click the 'Advanced' button in order to apply for permission to change all sub-keys of the registry key you are editing, before applying your changes. You need to check the box titled 'Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects'. To apply your changes you need to click the 'OK' button.
Since, the registry is an extremely complex and critical area of the operating system, you need to be careful while dealing with it. Changing registry keys may completely hamper your installation of Windows and so it is protected with permissions. Before modifying registry values you must ensure that you know exactly what you are doing. You may also contact a technical support professional if you have any doubts.
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