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JOHN WILLI asked on March 17, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.

Unable To Open Regedit.exe File

» When i try to open my regedit.exe file it says: editing the registry is disabled by your administrator.


Best Answer

» Perhaps your REGEDIT.EXE is infected. Can you grab a good file from another PC? Perhaps copy REGEDIT.EXE from a non-infected machine to a flash drive. DO NOT plug in the flash drive while normal windows is running. Load SAFE-MODE w/ NETWORKING, then plug in the drive and simply run REGEDIT from the flash drive, that should get you in the REG.

Also most programs can't be uninstalled while safe mode is running (requires normal mode), so be sure to uninstall anything suspicious from windows, before booting into safe mode, thus helping you along that much quicker.

Grab a good professional error fixer like DLL Suite and dump that on the flash drive (it can be installed while safe mode is running). After you've done the needed registry entry deletions, use DLL Suite to check for ANY/ALL related files and fix them. DLL Suite is able to fix any exe virus infection problem!

JEREMIAH DELAUER replied on March 23, 2013


All Answers:

  1. KATHARINE CORREA replied on March 17, 2013: » It sounds like you could have a virus or other malware. Get your antivirus program up to date and boot into Safe Mode. Note that some viruses can hide themselves from your antivirus program in normal mode, so you really need to scan in Safe Mode. To get into Safe Mode when you first power up, hit F8 about once a second until you get the menu and select Safe Mode. Then run a full system scan.

  2. JIM MORGIA replied on March 18, 2013: » Use System Restore to go back to a date prior to the beginning of the problem. To run System Restore, click Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore. Click the box that says Show more restore points.

    You can check for corrupted system files. Open an administrator command prompt and run SFC if the above doesn't help. Click START, then type sfc in the search box, right-click SFC.EXE and click Run as administrator. Then from the command prompt type sfc /scannow.

    If this fails, you can check the rather cryptic system event log. To do so click Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Event Viewer. Once in Event Viewer click on the system log and scroll through the entries looking for those flagged "error" to see if you can find hints as to where the problem could be.

  3. GREGORIUS JONKER replied on March 19, 2013: » You can only edit the registry if you have Admin privileges:

    Click on Start-All Programs-Accessories.

    Right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as Administrator.

    When the window is open type in Regedit

    You should then be able to edit the registry..

  4. MICHAEL MINOR replied on March 21, 2013: » Sometimes the EXE association on a PC gets broken. When that happens you can't run most EXE files (the browser seems to be the exception to the rule). This included regedit.exe which is needed to fix the problem.

  5. REED THOMPSON replied on March 22, 2013: » Im not sure that if RegEdit is deleted or otherwise that it would cause nothing to work? You certainly would not be able to edit the system registry.

    On my XP-sp2 system regedit.exe is located in the following locations:- C:\Windows\regedit.exe; C:\Windpws\I386\regedit.exe

    first check to see if these files exist on your system. If not then you’ve more than likely been attacked by a virus(PWS:Win32/Zbot), do a virus scan with the newest Virus scanner updates.

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