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There are a few ways you can use to open the Windows Registry Editor. This article provides instructions for opening the Registry Editor, more commonly referred to as ‘regedit’, in Windows 7, Vista, XP, and Windows 8.
We may also need to run the editor As administrator, in order to edit the registry.
When you already have a Windows Explorer window open, simply navigate to ‘C:\Windows\regedit.exe’
Navigate to ‘C:\Windows\regedit.exe’, right-click it, and select ‘Send to desktop’ from the ‘Send to’ content menu
Move the shortcut wherever you would like, such as the Taskbar, for example
Exclusively in Windows 8 when using the default Metro UI.
On the Home screen, you can simply just start typing ‘regedit’ for it to appear in a list. You can double-click on it, or press the Enter key to open the editor on the Desktop.