Connect to a Remote Registry in Windows 7 and 10: Tutorial


Remote registry

Are you ready to connect to a Remote Registry in Windows 7 and 10? If you are not in a very vast business environment, so it can become really frustrating. If you want to walk out to each PC that you have to fix. Rather than, if you are able to remotely connect and fix issues or locate settings. So it makes things a lot more convenient.

Though it is less common, times are there when you might have to connect to another PC to turn, remove or add registry keys and values. Clearly, you could remote desktop into the computer and do this. But if you are reading this article, you are not going that route.

Now I am going to talk about the remote registry service in Windows that permits you to connect directly to the registry hives on another PC using Regedit. Although in order for this to work, numerous prerequisites are there.

Remote Registry Needs

Although if you are hoping to connect to a remote PC that you do not have access to before. So then that is your bad luck. Similarly, to use Remote Registry, you have to administrator access to both PCs. So, this is for convenience and can not be used to hack into someone else’s registry.

Similarly, a couple of things are there that have to be in place before a remote registry will even work:

  1. Firstly the PC you are connecting to has to have a username and password. Then the password can’t be blank.
  2. Secondly, both of the computers need to have Remote Administration turned on in the firewall.
  3. And both computers need to have the Remote Registry service running.

Must Read: Tutorial on How to Remote Shutdown or Restart of Your Windows 10 Computer

However, the first need is easy to fulfill. Simply you have to just go and add a password to your account. If it does not already have one. Then the second requirement can be fixed by using the command prompt. Similarly, to open an administrator command prompt, tap on Start, type cmd, and right-click on cmd. Select Run as Administrator.

Here you have to copy and then paste the following command into the command prompt window and press Enter.

netsh firewall set service RemoteAdmin

Remote registry

Now at this time, you will receive a warning message that the command executed successfully. But the netsh firewall command is deprecated. However, you will receive this message on Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10. It is not a big issue as long as it completed successfully.

Keep in mind:

That you have to run this command on both machines.

However, for the third need, you have to tap on Start, type in services. Then tap on just Services with the two gear icons.

Remote registry

Similarly, now drop down till you view that the Remote Registry. And it should not be running by default. So on Windows 10, it will literally turn off by default. And on Windows 7, you are able to just right-click on it and select Start. On Windows 10, you will have to right-click and choose Properties.

So in the properties dialog, you have to turn the Startup type to something other than Disable. Similarly, if you are desiring to do this only one time, so you can easily change it to Manual. If you have to access the remote registry often, select Automatic.

After selecting the startup type, tap the Apply button and then the Start button will no longer be greyed out. So now tap Start to start the remote registry service. Similarly, again, this has to be done on both machines.

Connect to Remote Registry Hive

At a time when you have finished all the above-mentioned steps. So then you are able to try to connect to the remote registry. Just tap on Start, type Regedit to open the registry editor. Then click on File and again tap on Connect Network Registry.

Though now you will have to type in the NETBIOS name of the computer that you desire to connect to.

Here you have to remember this thing in your mind that you are able to quickly perform a search for all computers on the network by tapping on Advanced. Then again tapping on Find Now. Whether the PC you are connecting to has a long name, you will have to determine the NETBIOS name for the PC. So you are able to easily do this by opening a command prompt on that computer and typing in nbtstat -n.

Although at a time when you type the name in and tap OK. Then you will be prompted to enter the username and password for an administrator account on the remote PC.

Keep this thing in your mind that if you are connecting to a Windows 10 machine remote. And it is logged in using your Microsoft account. At that time you have to type the email address for the username and the password normally. You should hopefully get connected to the registry on the remote PC. So if you get any kind of Access Denied message, then it means that you must have typed in the credentials incorrectly.

You can also read this article: How to Fix Broken Registry Items – Tutorial


As you are able to view from above, as I connected to a Windows 7 machine using a remote registry from my Windows 10 computer. You will just see HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_USERS when connected to a remote registry. Whether you have any queries or run into any further issues, so you can post a comment.

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