How to open/run regedit (Registry Editor) in Windows 8 [Guide]

After relying on the search box in Windows 7 to launch programs for so long, I was baffled with how to work Windows 8. More specifically, how the hell do I launch regedit without a proper start menu? I sat there thinking (for approximately five seconds) when it hit me: it may be crude but let’s use the Run command. This guide shows you how to do that, if you are confused.

How to run regedit in Windows 8

To open regedit in Windows 8, do the following:

  • Press Win [Windows key] + R on your keyboard. This can be done either while at Windows 8 Start menu/Metro screen or on Windows 8 desktop.
  • At the dialog box that pops open, type “regedit.exe” (without the quotes) and hit “OK”:

  • Once you hit “OK”, Windows UAC will prompt you to confirm you want to open Register Editor — hit “Yes”:

  • Done. Registry Editor should now be open:


That was easy. Just remember — don’t make unnecessary changes via Registry Editor least you have to format your computer to fix your bonehead mistakes.

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  • Makaya Davison

    It does not work. I tried it twice, and it won’t delete it.

  • Tim

    Great post! Now, is there anyway to put a shortcut on the desktop for the registry editor?

  • jane

    this does not give a solution to the group service client failure to login.

  • valerie

    Genius….. love getting the right fix just would love if it where easier to find

  • per jensen

    fucking genious.., at last someone who understod the meaning of “valuable information”, thnx

  • eddy jones

    Or, you can simply start typing from the “Metro” desktop. Works the same as old search in Win7…

  • Ashraf
  • rick

    reg edit screen just flashes for a split sec. what next. trying to get rid of yontoo and babylon

  • Peter

    well, the same way as always… ;)

  • Ashraf

    @Frank: Oh you mean the evaluation. I thought you were talking about the full RTM from MSDN and TechNet. I’m running the evaluation myself.

  • Frank

    dunno what you mean by saying “Punk”? RTM is freely downloadable from M$s site.
    Google for 9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247_X64FRE_ENTERPRISE_EVAL_EN-US-HRM_CENA_X64FREE_EN-US_DV5.ISO if you don’t believe me.

  • Ashraf

    @Frank: Do you have access to the RTM? Punk.

  • Frank

    I even had the Alpha. Did not install (yet) the just released RTM though.
    BTW: Hate(d) it! Might become the next Vista…

  • Ashraf

    @Frank: Hey man, you try using Windows 8. It boggles the mind.

  • Frank

    You’re a true genius, Ashraf! Working with Win the way it’s meant to be worked with (at least for pro’s). Great find and only a dozen years old :P