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Network access: Remotely accessible registry paths and subpaths

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Network access: Remotely accessible registry paths and subpaths


This security setting determines which registry paths and subpaths can be accessed over the network, regardless of the users or groups listed in the access control list (ACL) of the winreg registry key. For information about the winreg registry key, see article Q153183, "How to Restrict Access to the Registry from a Remote Computer," in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.


  • Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. Before making changes to the registry, you should back up any valued data on the computer.


  • On Windows XP, this security setting was called "Network access: Remotely accessible registry paths." If you configure this setting on a member of the Windows Server 2003 family that is joined to a domain, this setting is inherited by computers running Windows XP, but will appear as the "Network access: Remotely accessible registry paths" security option. For more information, see Network access: Remotely accessible registry paths.


  • System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers

  • System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog

  • Software\Microsoft\OLAP Server

  • Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print

  • Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

  • System\CurrentControlSet\Control\ContentIndex

  • System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server

  • System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\UserConfig

  • System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\DefaultUserConfiguration

  • Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Perflib

  • System\CurrentControlSet\Services\SysmonLog

  • System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CertSvc

  • System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Wins

Configuring this security setting

You can configure this security setting by opening the appropriate policy and expanding the console tree as such: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\

For specific instructions about how to configure security policy settings, see Edit security settings on a Group Policy object.

For more information, see:

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