Error Connecting Network Registry on Windows 7

In Windows 7, the Remote Registry service is stopped by default. The startup type is Manual. This setting leads to the following error when you try to connect to the registry from another computer on the network:

Unable to connect to %Windows7pc%. Make sure that this computer is on the network, has remote administration enabled, and that both computers are running the remote registry service.

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To be able to connect to the remote registry, do the following on the destination computer:

  1. Click Start, type services.msc in the Search bar and press Enter.
  2. In the Services window, scroll down to Remote Registry. Right-click Remote Registry and click Start.

To be able to connect to the remote registry now and in the future, do the following:

  1. Click Start, type services.msc in the Search bar and press Enter.
  2. In the Services window, scroll down to Remote Registry. Right-click Remote Registry and click Properties.
  3. In the Startup type drop down list box, choose Automatic, as shown in the figure below.
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  4. Click Start if the services is not started yet.
  5. Click OK to apply and close.

It’s also possible to do these settings in a command prompt window. To start the Remote Registry service in a command prompt, type:

net start RemoteRegistry

To set the Remote Registry service always started at Startup, type:

sc config RemoteRegistry start= auto
(please note the space between “start=” and “auto”)

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Not Me
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Works now.
Was not aware, the dreaded “Symantec” was installed.

Not Me
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Doesn’t work for me. Service is running and I still get the error. Firewall is off. Sharing is enabled. Hidden admin share is enabled

Chad von Nau
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Thank you! The sc config command was exactly what I needed.

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