The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains settings for low-level operating system components and for applications running on the platform that have opted to use the Registry.

The kernel, device drivers, services, SAM, user interface and third-party applications can all make use of the Registry. The Registry also provides a means to access counters for profiling system performance.

In corporate networks, the registry editor is often disabled by a group policy. A group policy controls what users can and cannot do on a computer system and is managed by the system administrator.

Bypassing Windows Registry GPO is quite easy. Copy the content below into an INI file. Once the INI file is written, right click the file and select “Install”. At this point the registry editor becomes available to the user.

Please note: This will work until the group policy is refreshed. Once the group policy is refreshed, the same procedure should be executed in order for this to work.

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