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Add users or groups to the Permissions list

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

To add users or groups to the Permissions list

  1. Open Registry Editor.

  2. Click the key whose Permissions list you want to change.

  3. On the Edit menu, click Permissions, and then click Add.

  4. In the Select Users, Computers, or Groups dialog box, click Locations, and then click the computer or domain of the users and groups you want to view.

  5. Type the name or names of the users or groups you would like to add, separating each name with a semicolon. Click Examples to see some examples of the syntax you can use to enter names. Click Check Names to validate names with the directory. When you are finished entering names, click OK.

  6. In the Permissions dialog box, under Permissions for name, assign a type of access to the selected user or group as follows:

    • To grant the user permission to read the key contents but not to save any changes made to it, select the Allow check box for Read.

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


  • 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.

  • If the check boxes under Permissions are shaded, the key has inherited permissions from the parent object key.

  • To allow permissions assigned to a parent key to apply to its subkeys also, click Advanced, and select the Inherit from parent the permission entries that apply to child objects. Include these with entries explicitly defined here check box.

  • In the Select Users, Computers, or Groups dialog box, if you type the name, rather than selecting it, click Check Names before clicking OK.

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
Remove a user or group from the Permissions list
Assign special access to a registry key