Data type


Default value


0 | 1



Disables the Windows registry editors, Regedt32.exe and Regedit.exe.

This entry stores the setting of the Disable registry editing tools Group Policy. Group Policy adds this entry to the registry with a value of 1 when you enable the policy. If you disable the policy or set it to Not configured, Group Policy deletes this entry from the registry, and the system behaves as though the value is 0.



0 (or not in the registry)

The policy is disabled or not configured. The registry editors do not run.


The policy is enabled. The registry editors run.

If a user tries to start a registry editor while the value of this entry is 1, a message appears explaining that a policy prevents the action.

Change method

To change the value of this entry, use Group Policy. This entry corresponds to the Disable registry editing tools Group Policy (User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System).

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For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Group Policy Reference.

For general information about Group Policy, see Windows 2000 Server Help or Windows 2000 Professional Help.

To see a table associating policies with their corresponding registry entries, see the Group Policy Registry Table .

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