What to do if Regedit doesn’t save changes [FULL GUIDE]

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If you’re trying to make Registry key changes and you notice that they don’t save after rebooting, be sure that you’re not the only one dealing with this issue.

This is a common complaint amongst Windows 10 users.

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Regedit not saving values
Has anyone else come across problems with regedit not saving values?
I’m changing some values to change the size of a program on launch but every time I launch the program the values revert.

This problem is caused by account ownership status and permissions issues.

In order to obtain permission to change Registry keys, follow our guide described below.

Windows 10 Registry Editor doesn’t save my changes

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard > type regedit in the Run box to open the Registry Editorlocate link browser windows 7 outlook 2003
  2. If you get a User Account Control dialog box, select OK
  3. Open the location of the key you want to change in the Registry Editor
  4. Right click on the key > open Permissions… 
  5. Select Advanced
  6. If your user is not the owner, choose Change
  7. Type your user name in the Enter the object name to select box > click Check Names > press OK
  8. Now you should have your name displayed as owner
  9. If you want to take ownership of the subkeys as well, check the box next to Replace owner on subcontainers and objects > select Apply
  10. Press the Disable inheritance button if it is available
  11. Click Add
  12. Click Select a principal in the Permission Entry window
  13. In the Enter the object name to select, enter your name > select Check names > click OK
  14. In the Permission Entry window under Basic permission, check the box next to Full control > click OK
  15. If you want to apply the same permission rules to all the subkeys, check the box next to Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object > click OK
  16. If you then decide to remove your permission, simply uncheck the Full control box or remove your name from the Group or user names box.

We hope that our article helped you to solve the permission issues. If you found this article useful, leave a comment in the comment section below.

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