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Error Editing Value

Cannot edit : Error reading the value's...

 
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While attempting to edit, there was an error reading the contents, either due to registry corruption, lack of information, or insufficient permissions. If you had attempted to set the default, it may be there is no default for this value.

 
 
   
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  Error Editing Value 

 
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  Cannot edit item : Error reading the value's contents. 

 
Typical location
  C:\WINDOWS\

 
Issued By
  regedit.exe

 
OS
  Windows XP

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  Microsoft Corporation    
 
   
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Check or Change Permissions
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The registry key has various permissions based on the user that is logged on. To view the permissions, right-click on the key and select Permissions. You must be listed in the Group of user names (such as Administrator) and logged on as that user to edit the key.

For example, if the key's edit permission is set for SYSTEM only, this is a key that is very difficult to change. Being administrator is not enough.

 
   
 
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Use Last Known Good Configuration
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If this problem was caused by the deletion of a critical key (and causing other problems), Windows has an option to reload registry information from the last successful boot. To revert to the last successful boot:

  1. Reboot the computer.
  2. Near the end of the BIOS messages or graphic, but well before anything appears from Windows, press the F8 key. You may only have a few seconds to get the right spot to press F8 before it attempts to go into Windows. If the BIOS complains about a pressed key or asks you to go into BIOS setup, you've pressed F8 too soon (Don't go into BIOS setup).
  3. When successful, you should see a black screen with white text "Windows Advanced Options". Use the up or down arrow keys to highlight Last Known Good Configuration and press Enter.
 
   
 
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Clean the Registry
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There are many third-party registry cleaner products available to remove unused or leftover registry entries and in some cases correct damaged entries. Run a cleaner to see if it corrects the problem.

One cleaner we've used and like is included in Avanquest's Fix-It Utilities and SystemSuite products.

 
   
 
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Last update: 14-Jan-2011 10:18 am