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Assign special access to a registry key

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To assign special access to a registry key

  1. Open Registry Editor.

  2. Click the key to which you want to assign special access.

  3. On the Edit menu, click Permissions.

  4. Click Advanced, and then double-click the user or group to whom you want to assign special access.

  5. Under Permissions, select the Allow or Deny check box for each permission you want to allow or deny.


  • 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 regedit, and then click OK.

  • You must have appropriate permissions to make changes to a registry key. To maintain security when making changes to a registry key for which you need administrative credentials, log in as a member of the Users group and run Regedit as an administrator by right-clicking the Regedit icon, clicking Run as, and clicking an account in the local Administrators group. The Regedit icon does not appear by default from the Start menu. To access the icon, open the Windows or WINNT folder on your computer.

  • Assigning special access is useful for situations in which you need to assign permissions that are not defined by either Read or Full Control.

  • 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.

  • If you are assigning permissions to a parent key and want any existing permissions of its subkeys replaced with the parent key's inheritable permissions, select the Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects check box.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Assign permissions to a registry key
Add users or groups to the Permissions list