To assign permissions to a registry key


Open Registry Editor


Click the key to which you want to assign permissions.


On the Edit menu, click Permissions.


Assign an access level to the selected key as follows:

To grant the user permission to read the key contents, but not save any changes made to the file, under Permissions for name, for Read, select the Allow check box.

To grant the user permission to open, edit, and take ownership of the selected key, under Permissions for name, for Full Control, select the Allow check box.

To grant the user special permission in the selected key, click Advanced.


If you are assigning permissions to a subkey and you want the inheritable permissions assigned to the parent key to apply to the subkey also, select the Inherit from parents the permission entries that apply to child objects. Include these with entries explicitly defined here check box.


Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. Before making changes to the registry, you should back up any valued data on your computer.


To open Registry Editor, click Start, click Run, type , and then click OK

If you own a registry key, you can specify the users and groups that can open that key. To determine who can open your registry keys, you need to assign permissions to them. You can add or remove users or groups from those authorized to access your registry keys at any time.

The Special Permissions check boxes indicate whether custom permissions have been set for this key, but you cannot set special permissions by clicking these check boxes. Click Advanced to set special permissions.

Related Topics

Assign special access to a registry key

Remove a user or group from the Permissions list

Add users or groups to the Permissions list

Grant Full Control of a registry key

Audit activity on a registry key

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