Solution: "Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator"

If you ever encountered above error, i.e. “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator” on Windows XP or any other Windows NT Operating system, this may help you!

I have encountered the above error while patching registry. Even regedit command was not working!

Here is a simple solution which worked for me!

  • Click “Start >> Run” or press “[window key + R ]” and type or paste following command exactly as given below. An hit ENTER.



krishna k May 28, 2007

thnx who ever it is its really useful 2 em

ive really faced tooo muc problem wit dat

jayanth May 28, 2007

hai….when it will work ?..i am having the same problem !!

Rahul Bansal May 28, 2007

Your welcome dude! Its Devil here πŸ˜‰

Is START >> RUN is disabled at your place?
Its working dude do let me know if you got any error message or having trouble using this trick! πŸ™‚

kris shenai January 10, 2008

Thanks a ton for the script..i was waiting for this since last 2 months…..

Rahul Bansal January 10, 2008

@kris shenai
Your welcome kris. Thanks for your visit to Devils Workshop. πŸ™‚

humayun August 17, 2013

HEY! @Rahul. I followed all the steps and i was able to do it for 5 seconds. I cant even open my antivirus or taskmanager!
what should i do?

Zeeshan Aqeel March 29, 2008

Cool Thanks bud! my brains were going out why this is happening, can you explain more on why this happens?

Rahul Bansal March 29, 2008

It happened long time back to me.

Still as I remember, the reason was some other program which on execution disables registry editing.
I can’t remember the program name but basically the command above in this post adds key to registry.

Key is – DisableRegistryTools with value 0. This sets disabling to false.

himanshu April 5, 2008

Thanx dude,
But is there a similar script to enable task manager also??

Rahul Bansal April 7, 2008

Wil check and let you buddy! πŸ™‚
Sorry for late reply as I was out.. πŸ™

Rahul Bansal April 12, 2008

Solution for your problem is published here. πŸ™‚
I guess you were getting error: “Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator”

Cheong May 1, 2008

Thanks. But some dll is setting the DisableRegistry to true whenever IE is invoked (invoking FireFox is OK, no problem).

Does anybody knows how to remove the dll invoked by IE startup that writes to the registry to disable regedit?

Rahul Bansal May 3, 2008

First sorry for late reply as I was offline on a long vacation.

Now you can try following few things…

First don’t use IE. I am really wondering why do you need it when you know about Firefox???
Second create a REG file or a shortcut or a batch file, so that you can run command described above everytime you done with IE.
Finally scan your PC for viruses/malwares as it seems infected.

Rest feel free to reply if you have any further problems… πŸ™‚

Chetan December 2, 2008


Stephen December 14, 2008

Its not working buddy.. jst a command prompt is comin n going tats it…. when i type regedit or when i press ctrl+alt+del its restarting….

Rahul Bansal December 16, 2008

I am aware of such behavior.
Its problem caused by virus. You need to scan your hard-disk in most probably slave configuration from another PC. One more thing you can do is, use DOS level antivirus if possible.
If all this sounds geek, just format your system drive and reinstall Windows.
Sorry to say this, but this is the only solution I know… πŸ™

ramesh mcse January 7, 2009

i got this problem.

problem is: if i am installing any software , it will displays another installation is running.

these messege is displayed.

error is : error 1500, another installation is in progress. You must complete that installation before contiuning this one.

how can we solve this problem.

plssssssssssssssss help me.

thanking u,

ramesh msc mcse

Rahul Bansal January 7, 2009

Check official solution for your problem. πŸ™‚

osama January 8, 2009

thank you very much

anuj January 8, 2009

dude it doesn’t work 4 me
i tried to enable registry editing tools but after 10-15 seconds, it again says “registry editing has been disabled by administrator”
plz help me

format doesn’t worked and i hv also tried to enable it through gpedit.msc

plz help

Rahul Bansal January 15, 2009

Ur system must be infected with virus. I already answered solution in above comments!

Inayat January 15, 2009

Dear Rahul, pls help me out with this idiotic error, registry editing disabled by administrator, i understand its kind of a virus but when I try to run the above thing by copying and pasting it wotn work, I simply get a blackscreen of command prompt for a second and then it vanishes, and I also get task manager disabled. Dude pls help me out.

Rahul Bansal January 15, 2009

Just Google for Task Manager solution. It also needs registry edit hack similar to posted above.
But if these tricks don’t work then you must scan your PC with a good antivirus like NOD-32.

anuj January 16, 2009

hey rahul
my anti-virus is not working nd another anti-virus requires registry editing enabled during installation.
plz help

Rahul Bansal January 20, 2009

Well try using another antivirus or in extreme case u may need to reinstall windows

venu gopal February 5, 2009

Thanks a lot….Registry editing has been enabled on the fly…

lawrence February 26, 2009

can any one help my registry and task manager is diabled
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:42:15 PM, on 2/25/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared files\RichVideo.exe
C:\Program Files\SigmaTel\C-Major Audio\DellXPM_5515v131\WDM\StacSV.exe
C:\Program Files\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXE
C:\Program Files\SigmaTel\C-Major Audio\WDM\stsystra.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\Mixer\CTSVolFE.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\bin\ZCfgSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ifrmewrk.exe
C:\Program Files\FlashGet\FlashGet.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD8\PDVD8Serv.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\DVDLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\egui.exe
C:\Program Files\Ares\Ares.exe
C:\Program Files\DellAutomatedPCTuneUp\PTAgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Digital Line Detect\DLG.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\Dot1XCfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\ekrn.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\WinRAR\WinRAR.exe

R1 – HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
R3 – URLSearchHook: (no name) – {0579B4B6-0293-4d73-B02D-5EBB0BA0F0A2} – C:\Program Files\AskSBar\SrchAstt\1.bin\A2SRCHAS.DLL
O2 – BHO: Ask Search Assistant BHO – {0579B4B1-0293-4d73-B02D-5EBB0BA0F0A2} – C:\Program Files\AskSBar\SrchAstt\1.bin\A2SRCHAS.DLL
O2 – BHO: AcroIEHelperStub – {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} – C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 – BHO: flashget urlcatch – {2F364306-AA45-47B5-9F9D-39A8B94E7EF7} – C:\Program Files\FlashGet\jccatch.dll
O2 – BHO: Groove GFS Browser Helper – {72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E} – C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\GRA8E1~1.DLL
O2 – BHO: Adobe PDF Conversion Toolbar Helper – {AE7CD045-E861-484f-8273-0445EE161910} – C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll
O2 – BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper – {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} – C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O2 – BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl – {E7E6F031-17CE-4C07-BC86-EABFE594F69C} – C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
O2 – BHO: Ask Toolbar BHO – {F0D4B231-DA4B-4daf-81E4-DFEE4931A4AA} – C:\Program Files\AskSBar\bar\1.bin\ASKSBAR.DLL
O2 – BHO: FlashGet GetFlash Class – {F156768E-81EF-470C-9057-481BA8380DBA} – C:\Program Files\FlashGet\getflash.dll
O2 – BHO: SmartSelect – {F4971EE7-DAA0-4053-9964-665D8EE6A077} – C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll
O3 – Toolbar: Ask Toolbar – {F0D4B239-DA4B-4daf-81E4-DFEE4931A4AA} – C:\Program Files\AskSBar\bar\1.bin\ASKSBAR.DLL
O3 – Toolbar: Adobe PDF – {47833539-D0C5-4125-9FA8-0819E2EAAC93} – C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [PWRISOVM.EXE] “C:\Program Files\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXE”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [SigmatelSysTrayApp] “C:\Program Files\SigmaTel\C-Major Audio\WDM\stsystra.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [Dell QuickSet] C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exe
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [CTSVolFE.exe] “C:\Program Files\Creative\Mixer\CTSVolFE.exe” /r
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [Broadcom Wireless Manager UI] “C:\WINDOWS\system32\WLTRAY.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [IntelZeroConfig] “C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\bin\ZCfgSvc.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [IntelWireless] “C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ifrmewrk.exe” /tf Intel PROSet/Wireless
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [IgfxTray] “C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] “C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [Persistence] “C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [Flashget] “C:\Program Files\FlashGet\FlashGet.exe” /min
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [GrooveMonitor] “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Acrobat Speed Launcher] “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Acrobat_sl.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [Acrobat Assistant 8.0] “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Acrotray.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [RemoteControl8] “C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD8\PDVD8Serv.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [PDVD8LanguageShortcut] “C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD8\Language\Language.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] “C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [DVDLauncher] “C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\DVDLauncher.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] “C:\QTTask.exe” -atboottime
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [STOPzilla] “” /autorun
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] “C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe”
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [egui] “C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\egui.exe” /hide /waitservice
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [ares] “C:\Program Files\Ares\Ares.exe” -h
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [DellAutomatedPCTuneUp] “C:\Program Files\DellAutomatedPCTuneUp\PTAgnt.exe” /startup
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [msnmsgr] “C:\DOCUME~1\DROPBE~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\RarSFX2\Windows Live Messenger.exe” /background
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 – Global Startup: Digital Line Detect.lnk = ?
O7 – HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System, DisableRegedit=1
O8 – Extra context menu item: &Download All with FlashGet – C:\Program Files\FlashGet\jc_all.htm
O8 – Extra context menu item: &Download with FlashGet – C:\Program Files\FlashGet\jc_link.htm
O8 – Extra context menu item: Append Link Target to Existing PDF – res://C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppendSelLinks.html
O8 – Extra context menu item: Append to Existing PDF – res://C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppend.html
O8 – Extra context menu item: Convert Link Target to Adobe PDF – res://C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECaptureSelLinks.html
O8 – Extra context menu item: Convert to Adobe PDF – res://C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECapture.html
O8 – Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel – res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 – Extra button: Send to OneNote – {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} – C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 – Extra ‘Tools’ menuitem: S&end to OneNote – {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} – C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 – Extra button: Bonjour – {7F9DB11C-E358-4ca6-A83D-ACC663939424} – C:\Program Files\Bonjour\ExplorerPlugin.dll
O9 – Extra button: Research – {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} – C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 – Extra button: FlashGet – {D6E814A0-E0C5-11d4-8D29-0050BA6940E3} – C:\Program Files\FlashGet\FlashGet.exe
O9 – Extra ‘Tools’ menuitem: FlashGet – {D6E814A0-E0C5-11d4-8D29-0050BA6940E3} – C:\Program Files\FlashGet\FlashGet.exe
O9 – Extra button: Messenger – {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} – C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 – Extra ‘Tools’ menuitem: Windows Messenger – {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} – C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O17 – HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{8E1FD11C-0473-4AC9-970C-7648669F70B4}: NameServer =,
O17 – HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: NameServer =,
O17 – HKLM\System\CS2\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: NameServer =,
O17 – HKLM\System\CS3\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: NameServer =,
O17 – HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: NameServer =,
O18 – Protocol: grooveLocalGWS – {88FED34C-F0CA-4636-A375-3CB6248B04CD} – C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\GR99D3~1.DLL
O23 – Service: Apple Mobile Device – Apple Inc. – C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
O23 – Service: Ares Chatroom server (AresChatServer) – Ares Development Group – C:\Program Files\Ares\chatServer.exe
O23 – Service: Bonjour Service – Apple Inc. – C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
O23 – Service: DellAMBrokerService – Unknown owner – C:\Program Files\DellAutomatedPCTuneUp\brkrsvc.exe
O23 – Service: Eset HTTP Server (EhttpSrv) – ESET – C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\EHttpSrv.exe
O23 – Service: Eset Service (ekrn) – ESET – C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\ekrn.exe
O23 – Service: Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Event Log (EvtEng) – Intel Corporation – C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
O23 – Service: FLEXnet Licensing Service – Macrovision Europe Ltd. – C:\Program Files\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher\FNPLicensingService.exe
O23 – Service: iPod Service – Apple Inc. – C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 – Service: Pml Driver HPZ12 – HP – C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
O23 – Service: Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Registry Service (RegSrvc) – Intel Corporation – C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
O23 – Service: Cyberlink RichVideo Service(CRVS) (RichVideo) – Unknown owner – C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared files\RichVideo.exe
O23 – Service: Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Service (S24EventMonitor) – Intel Corporation – C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
O23 – Service: SigmaTel Audio Service (STacSV) – SigmaTel, Inc. – C:\Program Files\SigmaTel\C-Major Audio\DellXPM_5515v131\WDM\StacSV.exe
O23 – Service: Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless SSO Service (WLANKEEPER) – Intel Corporation – C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
O23 – Service: Dell Wireless WLAN Tray Service (wltrysvc) – Unknown owner – C:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXE

End of file – 11161 bytes

Eng Walid_cs2009 February 26, 2009

I think that disabled Taskmanager or registry is because of virus in Folder windows and almost solutions like pgedit.msc or writable key will not be useful and you need to install new windows in your pc after making(Good Scanning).

lawrence March 2, 2009

so is there any way to re enable it without a new install or virus protection

Rahul Bansal March 5, 2009

I dont think it is possible… πŸ™

Raj March 31, 2009

i have problem of “task manager disabled” i have tried to solve it by your way but still i have the same problem, pls give me any sugesstion to solve this problem. reply me pls.

Sonu March 31, 2009

Try it by installing norton antivirus 2009 , update the virus def after that try the above method it will work

Bhrigu April 24, 2009

hey it didnt work in mine despite the solution u gave!!! πŸ™

Manoj Nair August 6, 2009

Hey….thanx a lottt, i have tried several other steps. But this really helped me out. Thanx buddy, once again.


firdose August 26, 2009

hey dude…!
my regedit command is not working even for the solution you gave..
can you plz plz plz help me with some other solution…

Rahul Bansal September 1, 2009

You system must be infected with virus.
Use a good antivirus to scan it completely or just format your drive and install windows again.

deepak October 26, 2009

I am still having a problem in enabling it. It didnt work on my pc. is dere any other way to tackle it??????//

Ragav January 11, 2010

Thank u very much……..

arnavi August 31, 2010

the code mentioned worked for my computer, thankyou so much

Ngawang Dhendup April 28, 2011

the above solution does not worked with me… do u have any other solution

eresh January 11, 2012

really this code will work
REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
thanks for giving such solution