Registry Editor or
Regedit is a tool used to change, add, delete registry values. Windows registry is used to configure different attributes of the Windows operating system. The registry editor can be opened in different ways like command-line interface, Start menu, etc. In this tutorial, we examine how to open registry editor for different Windows operating system versions like Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11, and Windows Server versions.
Open Registry Editor via MS-DOS Command Line Interface
MS-DOS command line interface can be used to open the registry editor via command line. The
regedit command is used to start Registry editor GUI.
Open Registry Editor via PowerShell Command Line Interface
Similar to the MS-DOS the PowerShell command-line interface can be used to open the Registry Editor. The same
regedit command is used to open Registry Editor via PowerShell command line interface.
Open Registry Editor via Start Menu
The start menu can be used to open Registry Editor. Just click on the start button and type “registry editor” which lists the Registry Editor as the first application. Also, the Start Menu provides the “Run as administrator” where the changes in the registry editor can be saved without extra privilege requirement. So if you plan to edit the registry and save changes use the “Run as administrator” like below.
Open Registry Editor via Windows Run
The Windows Run can be used to open the Registry editor. First press
WIN+R keyboard shortcut in order to open Windows Run. Use “regedit” command and press
OK in order to open Registry Editor.