Problem accessing regedit after updating to Windows 8

At work, I recently upgraded to Windows 8, and I have to admit that the upgrade was very quick and painless, and, so far, I really enjoy the changes.  The new start menu is taking some time to get used to, but all-in-all I enjoy it.  I recently had a reason to modify the registry, and I got the following error:

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I thought this was odd because I am an administrator on my box.  I even added myself to the local administrators group explicitly, and chose “Run As Administrator” from the context menu, but the error message still persisted.

Here are the steps I took to fix it:

  1. Open File Explorer (at some point, Windows Explorer needed a name change?) and navigate to C:\Windows\
  2. Right click on regedit.exe and select Properties
  3. Go to the Security tab and click the Advanced button so this screen appears:
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  4. Click the Continue button with the shield
  5. Click the Add button and the following window appears:
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  6. Click “Select a principle” at the top and the following window appears:
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  7. Enter your network ID, click Check Names just to make sure, and then click OK
  8. Click OK, OK, Yes

Now, you can run regedit.exe as normal.

I hope this post has helped you.  Please leave a comment below if you found this post helpful.

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