How to Open the Registry in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to open and edit the registry in Windows 11. Windows registry is a database that stores all of Windows’s settings in a hierarchical structure, including most applications installed on your system.

One can perform many tasks in the Windows registry, including fixing errors, tweaking features, and enhancing Windows performance. The registry is a very powerful database which is also dangerous if incorrectly edited. That’s why changes in the registry are left to professionals and someone who knows to deal with registry issues.

If you want to learn how to open and use the Windows registry, then the steps below will show you how. The steps will help you learn how to open and view the Windows registry, edit, and delete registry values.

Before performing any changes in the Windows registry, you must first take a backup so in case you know to restore your system, you can do so.

Read the post below if you need help backing up the Windows registry.

How to backup Windows registry

How to open the registry in Windows 11

If you’re not logged in as an administrator, some functions of the registry will be denied to you.

To open the Windows registry, go to the Start menu, then search for Registry Editor. Under Best match, select the Registry Editor app as shown below.

The Windows Registry Editor window should open and look similar to the example shown below.

How to browse the registry in Windows 11

With the registry opened, you can browse each subkey (folder) using the navigation box or expanding each subkey on the left.

When most users need to edit their registry, they’re given the location or path of where the registry value is located and what to change. There are two ways to get to a location in the registry.

One can use the subkey folder on the left or the navigation field to type in the location path.

The highlighted field is used to navigate the registry editor. For example, if you want to go to the registry subkey in the line below, simply copy and paste it into the box, then press Enter.

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform

Once you’ve reached the location folder, you’ll find string value keys inside the key or folder. These individual items are the actual settings that Windows uses to change its behavior.

How to edit or delete registry value in Windows 11

Once you are in a registry key or folder, you can edit or delete values that are presented. To edit a value, simply double-click the name of the value you want to edit.

It will open a window where you can change the value of the string.

If you want to delete a value, highlight the registry item name and then press the DELETE key on the keyboard.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to open and edit the registry in Windows. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have anything to add.