Accessing the Registry Editor in Windows 7

To alter the Windows 7 registry you need to do it through the Registry Editor application. Registry Editor has been around for a while, but not many people actually have to use it for anything. Making changes to your registry is risky and not something you should mess around with unless you know what you're doing. The Windows 7 Registry Editor looks just like the same version that came with Windows XP.

It's very easy to access the Registry Editor in Windows 7.

All you have to do is click on your Start Menu and type REGEDIT in the Start Menu's Search box. Then, the User Account Control will ask you to authorize access by clicking Continue. After you click Continue, the Registry Editor will appear.

You can also edit the Windows 7 registry using the command line prompt. To do this, open the command prompt, then type REG

Accessing the Windows 7 Registry Editor, or REGEDIT, is easy!