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How to open the Registry Editor in Windows 10

How to open the Registry Editor in Windows 10

Windows and many third-party applications store their settings in the registry. There are many options (especially those of Windows itself) that you can only change in the registry. Let’s open the Registry Editor so we can edit them!

What is Registry Editor?

The Windows registry is a hierarchical database that contains all the settings and adjustments that Windows uses. Registry Editor is the application you use to view, edit, or even create different values ​​in the database. For example, if you want disable the lock screen in Windows 10 Home, you need to open Registry Editor to do this.

You should not use Registry Editor unless you know what you are doing, as it may damage your Windows operating system. However, if you find a registry hack on a trusted website, you will need to open Registry Editor to make the change.

Warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and its misuse could make your system unstable or even inoperable. If you have never worked with Registry Editor before, Read this before you begin. And surely make one registry backup and by his computer before making changes.

We also recommend this create a system restore point before making changes. So if something goes wrong, you can always go back to your system.

Open Registry Editor from the Run box

Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box, type «regedit» in the text field, and then press Enter.

Type "regedit" in the text field of the "Run" dialog box.

A User Account Control (UAC) dialog box appears asking if you want Registry Editor administrator privileges; Click «Yes» and the Registry Editor opens.

"Registry Editor" in Windows 10.

Open Registry Editor via the command prompt or PowerShell

You can also open the Registry Editor from the command prompt or from PowerShell. The command is the same for both applications, but we use PowerShell.

Open PowerShell, type «regedit», and then press Enter.

The "regedit" command in a "Windows PowerShell" window.

Click «Yes» when the UAC dialog box appears and the Registry Editor opens.

Open the Registry Editor in File Explorer

If you prefer, you can also open the Registry Editor from the address bar in File Explorer. To do this, simply open «File Explorer», type «regedit» in the address bar, then press Enter.

"Regedit" in the "File Explorer" address bar.

Click «Yes» at the UAC prompt and the editor will open.

Open Registry Editor from the Start Search menu

If you want to open the Registry Editor from the Start menu, click the Start menu or the search icon, and then type «Registry Editor» in the text field.

Click the search icon, and then type "Registry Editor" in the text box.

In the search results that appear, click «Registry Editor» to activate the UAC request and open the editor.

Click "Registry Editor."

Click «Yes» when the message appears and the Registry Editor will open.

Open the Registry Editor from a shortcut

If you prefer to open Registry Editor from a shortcut, it’s easy to create one for your desktop.

To do this, right-click an empty spot on your desktop. In the context menu, click New> Shortcut.

Click "New" and then select "Shortcut."

In the window that appears, type «regedit» in the text box, and then click «Next.»

Type "regedit" in the text field, and then click "Next."

Name the shortcut, and then click «Finish» to create it.

Enter a name for the shortcut in the text box, and then click "Finish."

Your new Registry Editor shortcut will appear on your desktop. Double-click the icon and allow the application administrator privileges in the UAC request to open it.

A Registry Editor shortcut icon on a Windows desktop.

If you want you can skip the UAC message completely when you open Registry Editor or any other program that requires high privileges.

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