How to Open Registry Editor in Windows 10

How to Open Registry Editor in Windows 10

Windows and many third-party applications store their settings in the registry. There are many options (especially for Windows itself) that you can only change in the registry. Leave Registry Editor open so you can edit this!

What is Registry Editor?

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

You should not use Registry Editor unless you know what you are doing because you can damage your Windows operating system. However, if you find registry hacking on a trusted website, you must open Registry Editor to make changes.

Warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool, and misusing it can make your system unstable, or even inoperable. If you have never worked with Registry Editor before, give this reading before you begin. And of course, back up your registry and computer before you make changes.

We also recommend that you make a System Restore point before you make an edit. Then, if an error occurs, you can always restore your system.

Open Registry Editor from the Run box

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

The User Account Control (UAC) dialog appears asking if you want Registry Editor admin rights; Click “Yes” and Registry Editor opens.


Open Registry Editor through Command Prompt or PowerShell

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

Open PowerShell, type “regedit,” then press Enter.

Click “Yes” when the UAC dialog appears and Registry Editor will open.

Open Registry Editor from File Explorer

If you like, you can also open 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.

Click “Yes” at the UAC prompt, and the editor will open.

Open Registry Editor from the Start Menu Search

If you want to open Registry Editor from the Start menu, click the Start menu or Search icon, then type “Registry Editor” in the text field.

In the search results that appear, click “Registry Editor” to trigger the UAC prompt and open the editor.

Click “Yes” when the prompt appears, and Registry Editor will open.

Open Registry Editor from Shortcuts

If you rather open Registry Editor from a shortcut, it’s easy to make it for your Desktop.

To do this, right-click an empty spot on the Desktop. On the context menu, click New> Shortcut.

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

Name the shortcut, then click “Finish” to create it.

Your new shortcut for Registry Editor will appear on the desktop. Double-click the admin icon and leave the admin rights of the application from the UAC prompt to open it.


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