May 26, 2022

How do I prevent network access to the Windows Registry?

The Windows Registry is a safe place to store settings for Windows programs and many performance-related options. You can customize Windows by making changes to the Windows registry. However, access to the Windows registry should be restricted for most users, especially new Windows users. This guide will go over how to disable network access to the Windows registry step by step.

Why it’s necessary to restrict access to the Windows registry?

  1. Making changes to the registry allows you to make immediate changes to system programs, resulting in system crashes or the failure of a feature.
  2. Some new users may edit some registry entries out of curiosity, losing control over some Windows features.
  3. You might not want someone to change your system by editing your registry.

To avoid this problem, disable network access to the Windows registry so that no one can edit it without your permission. We’ll look at how to do the same.

How do I prevent network access to the Windows Registry?

We will look at two different methods for easily disabling registry editor functionality.

  1. Using the Registry Editor
  2. By changing the settings in Services.MSC

Each method will be examined in depth –

Note: To perform this action, you must be a Windows administrator. You cannot complete the following task if you are a standard Windows user.

Method 1: Using the Registry Editor Tool, disable Network Access to the Windows Registry.

  1. Open the Windows Run tool by right-clicking the Start Menu and selecting the Run option.
  2. Please enter the following command after typing it.
  3. Allow the run as administrator permission if prompted.
  4. A new window with the Registry Editor appears.
  5. Go to the following location from the Left menu by opening the folders one by one. (Alternatively, you can copy and paste the path into the address bar to open the desired location directly.)
  6. The various entries in the RemoteRegistry folder can be seen on the right side of the window. Click twice on the Start entry.
  7. Remove any other numbers from the Value Data section and replace them with the number 4.
  8. To save the changes, click OK.
  9. Restart Windows after closing the registry editor.

Method 2: Using Services.MSC, disable network access to the Windows registry.

  1. Right-click on the Run tool and select Open. Select the Run option Start Menu.
  2. Enter followed command and press Enter key.
  3. In a new window, the services tool appears.
  4. Locate and double-click the Remote Registry option.
  5. Select “Disabled” as the Startup type under the General tab.
  6. Then, to save the changes, press the OK button.
  7. Close the Services window and restart your computer.

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