Unlock Registry Editor, Task Manager and Folder Options

Many of the computer users have the habit to download and use online games or check out latest screen savers. Most of them use torrents to download such softwares or movies. This habit could lead to locking yourself out of using tools like registry editor or process viewer. Let me ask you some questions.

  • Have you ever downloaded random software from the internet and realized your Registry is locked after installing them?
  • Have you ever experienced inspite of hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del, Task Manager never showed up?
  • Have you ever tried to change the folder properties and found Folder options are locked?

If answer to any of above questions is ‘Yes’, then you are probably infected by some Virus/Spyware/Bot. Disabling Registry Editing Tools, Task Managers and Folder Options are the preliminary things usually done by such viruses or Spywares. This post will show you two manual methods of unlocking your Registry Editor, Task Manager and Folder Options.

I) Using Group Policy Editor

Group policy editor is a feature of Microsoft NT Family for centralized management of Computers, Users and Softwares. It can be launched by typing “gpedit.msc” in Run textbox.

Unlock Registry:

  1. Open Group Policy Editor
  2. Navigate to User Configuration->Administrative Template->System
  3. Double Click on “Prevent access to registry editing tools” and Click Disable.

Unlock TaskManager:

  1. Open Group Policy Editor
  2. Navigate to User Configuration->Administrative Template->System->Ctrl+Alt+Delete Options
  3. Double Click on “Remove task manager” and Click Disable.

Folder Options:

  1. Open Group Policy Editor
  2. Navigate to User Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Component->Windows Explorer
  3. Double Click on “Removes the Folder Options menu item from the Tools menu”  and Click Disable.

Above mentioned steps are the easy way to achieve the task. Now let’s see what goes under the hood when you Disable some policy from Group Policy Editor.

II) Using reg.exe

Reg.exe is the Console Registry Tool provided for trouble shooting registry issues. Just open command prompt and type “reg” to list all supported options.

Unlock Registry:

  1. Navigate to Start->Run and Type following command
  2. REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0
  3. This will prompt a console windows asking “Value DisableRegistryTools exists, overwrite(Y/N)?
  4. Say “Y” to overwrite current value in the registry key.
  5. Repeat steps 1-3-4 for following command.
  6. REG add HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0

Unlock Task Manager:

  1. Navigate to Start->Run and Type following command
  2. REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0
  3. This will prompt a console windows asking “Value DisableTaskMgr exists, overwrite(Y/N)?
  4. Say “Y” to overwrite current value in the registry key.
  5. Repeat steps 2-3 for following command.
  6. REG add HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0

Folder Options:

  1. Navigate to Start->Run and Type following command
  2. REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v NofolderOptions /t REG_DWORD /d 0
  3. This will prompt a console windows asking “Value NoFolderOptions exists, overwrite(Y/N)?
  4. Say “Y” to overwrite current value in the registry key.
  5. Repeat steps 2-3 for following command.
  6. REG add HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v NofolderOptions /t REG_DWORD /d 0

Don’t forget to reboot the system after making above changes in registry.

Now you can have same access to your Registry, Task Manager and Folder options. From now onwards be careful before downloading and Installing random softwares from internet.

Enjoy and Stay Safe!!!

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