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Grant full control of a registry key

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

To grant full control of a registry key

  1. Open Registry Editor.

  2. Click the key to which you want to grant full control.

  3. On the Edit menu, click Permissions.

  4. Under Group or user names, click the user to whom you want to grant full control of your registry key.

  5. Under Permissions for name, where name represents the name of the user to whom you are granting full control of the 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.

  • You can permit another user to take ownership of a registry key only if you are the current owner of the key.

  • To permit a user to to take ownership of a registry key, you must first assign the user Full Control of the key.

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
Take ownership of a registry key