Windows and many third-party applications store their settings in the registry. There are many options (especially those for Windows itself) that you can only change in the registry. Let’s open the Registry Editor to be able to modify them!
What is the Registry Editor?
The Windows registry is a hierarchical database that contains all of the configurations and settings used by Windows. The Registry Editor is the application you use to view, modify, or even create different values in the database. For example, if you want to disable the lock screen on Windows 10 Home, you must open the registry editor to do so.
You should not use Registry Editor unless you know what you are doing, as you may corrupt your Windows operating system. However, if you find a registry hack on a trusted website, you will need to open the Registry Editor to make the change.
Warning: The Registry Editor is a powerful tool, and improper use could make your system unstable or even unusable. If you’ve never worked with the registry editor before, read this before we start. And certainly save registry and your computer before making any changes.
We also recommend create a system restore point before making any changes. Then, if there is a problem, you can always restore your system.
Open Registry Editor from the Run area
Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box, type “regedit” in the text field, then press Enter.
A User Account Control (UAC) dialog box appears, asking if you want administrator privileges in Registry Editor; Click “Yes” and the Registry Editor opens.
Open Registry Editor via Command Prompt or PowerShell
You can also open the Registry Editor from the command prompt or from 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 box appears and the registry editor opens.
Open Registry Editor from File Explorer
If you prefer, you can also open Registry Editor from the Address bar of File Explorer. To do this, simply open “File Explorer”, type “regedit” in the address bar, then press Enter.
Click “Yes” in the UAC prompt, and the editor will open.
Open Registry Editor from the Start menu search
If you want to open the Registry Editor from the Start menu, click the Start menu or the Search icon, then type “Registry Editor” in the text field.
In the search results that appear, click “Registry Editor” to launch the UAC prompt and open the editor.
Click “Yes” when the prompt appears and the Registry Editor opens.
Open Registry Editor from a shortcut
If you prefer to open Registry Editor from a shortcut, it’s easy to create one for your desktop.
To do this, simply right-click on an empty location on the desktop. In the context menu, click New> Shortcut.
In the window that appears, type “regedit” in the text box, 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 icon and authorize application administrator privileges from the UAC prompt to open it.
If you want you can completely bypass the UAC prompt when you open Registry Editor or any other program that requires elevated privileges.
Now that you know how to open the Registry Editor, try some of the our favorite registry hacks!