When someone else can access your system’s registry, you’re likely to experience a myriad of problems. More so if that person doesn’t have the necessary skills to handle registry files, you may want to deny them such access. The good news is that most Windows operating system versions come with an option that makes it possible to disable any remote access to your machine’s Windows registry. Below are ways on how to disable network access to registry in Windows 7.
Windows Registry Defined
The Windows Registry refers to a database on the hard drive of your computer. The hard drive stores key settings for the Windows system and all applications installed on it. Since the registry contains very important data, it shouldn’t be edited unless you really know what you’re doing. You don’t want to mess your system’s settings unless you’ve got someone around that understands what they are doing, or you’re strictly following a guide. Once you’re familiar with the working of the registry, you’ll be in a position to do many incredible things on your machine. Such things may range from speeding up your system’s performance to personalizing your experience on Windows.
The Importance of Disabling Network Access to Your Registry
Although it is not necessarily a threat, there is always the possibility of someone seriously messing up your computer by editing its registry. If you have a network that has access to it, you don’t want to share a computer with them.
Disable Network Access to Your Windows Registry
Aware of the benefits of keeping your registry safe, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the steps to follow to ensure nobody ever touches your registry. There exist two ways of disabling remote access to your Windows Registry. Even with little or no experience, you can easily follow both ways. Before starting the process, you want to ensure you have set up a System Restore point just in case you encounter any errors in the course of the process.
Method 1: Editing Settings in Services
One way to disable remote access to your registry is to disable the service itself. Although this might sound complicated, it’s a fast and easy process in reality. Windows 7 is well equipped with tools that will allow you to configure all the services currently running on your machine. These are the same tools that you can use to deny people remote access to your registry.
- Press the Windows key and hold it, then type R. This launches the Run utility.
- In the text field, type “services.msc, press “OK” and wait for the launching of “Services”
- Locate “Remote Registry” from the alphabetically sorted list
- Open “Remote Registry” by double-clicking on it.
- Change the “Startup type” in the “General” tab to “Disabled.”
- Click on “Apply” and restart your machine.
Any remote users will no longer edit your registry files. To reverse this change, you’ll simply change the “Startup type” to “Manual” or “Automatic.”
Method 2: Using Registry
This method has some similarities with the first one, although in this case, you’ll use the registry itself to make modifications to your settings. You’ll need a Registry editor, which you can easily find on your machine by default. Again, you want to ensure you handle the registry with great care and follow a guide’s instructions closely.
- Open your machine’s “Registry Editor”
- Type “Regedit”, then click on OK. This opens the Registry Editor within seconds.
- Press the arrow icon next to the folder’s name, officially known as the “Registry Key” to navigate the registry.
- Double click on “Start”, a REG_DWORLD entry.
- You’ll see a field undervalue data. If there is any other number in this field, replace it with 4
- Click on OK and restart your machine. You’ll block others from editing your computer’s registry. Check to see whether it has really been successful.
When you deleted all numbers from the field and replaced it with 4, you were simply carrying out a simple tweak in your Windows Registry. Most settings are in correspondence with numbers within your registry. In this case, 2 corresponds to Automatic, 3 to manual, and 4 to disabled. The numbers are also in correspondence with the settings you’ll find in your computer’s “Services.”