Most experienced IT pros are familiar with
the risks that come with editing the registry, but the same isn't
always true for those capable users who have just enough knowledge
to make them dangerous. If you're concerned that one of your
inquisitive users may experiment with editing the registry, you can
take steps to protect your systems.
You can restrict specific users from editing
the registry. Follow these steps:
Open the Registry Editor. (Go to Start | Run, and type
Highlight HKEY_USERS, and select Load Hive from the registry
Go to the Users Profile directory of the user you want to restrict,
and select Ntuser.dat.
When prompted for the Key Name, enter the user ID.
Navigate to \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Policies, and add the System subkey if it doesn't already
Under the System subkey, add the DisableRegistryTools value.
Make the value a REG-DWORD type, and set the value to 1.
Unload the Hive from the registry menu.
Close the Registry Editor, and restart the system.
Note: Editing the registry
is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any