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Top 6 Solutions for Unable to Delete All Specified Values on the Registry Editor

Modifying the registry key permissions should help fix this error

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Highlights:

  • Be very cautious when making changes to the Registry as an incorrect modification could lead to serious system problems and errors.
  • Ensure to back up your Registry before making any changes.
  • If you do not feel comfortable modifying the Registry, seek professional help.

Fix 1: Open the Registry Editor as an Administrator

One common reason for the Unable to Delete All Specified Values error when trying to delete a Registry key is that you do not have the necessary permissions. To resolve this, you can try opening the Registry Editor as an administrator by following the steps below.

  1. Press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run dialogue, type regedit in the text field, and hold Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the Registry as an administrator.
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  2. In the User Account Control pop-up menu, choose Yes.
  3. Try to make changes to the Registry entries and see if the error persists.

Fix 2: Modify Registry Key Permission

A Registry key that is protected by permissions will be hard to delete or edit unless you modify the Registry key permissions. To do this, follow the instructions outlined below.

  1. Press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run dialogue, type regedit in the text field, and hold Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the Registry as an administrator.
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  2. Look for the Registry key you want to make changes to, right-click on it, and choose Permissions.
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  3. In the Security tab, go down and select the Advanced button.
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  4. Next, click the Change link.
  5. In the Enter object name section, input your username.
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  6. Now, click the Check Names and OK buttons.
  7. Then click the Apply and OK buttons on the Advanced Security page.
  8. Return to the Permissions page, click your username, tick the check box for the Full Control option, then click Apply and OK.
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  9. After doing this, check to see if the error has been resolved.

Fix 3: Disable Antivirus Software Temporarily

When attempting to delete a Registry key, antivirus software may occasionally prevent changes from being made to the Windows Registry, resulting in the Unable to Delete All Specified Values error. You can momentarily turn off your antivirus program to resolve this issue.

  1. Look for your antivirus software in the system tray located at the bottom right corner of your screen.
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  2. Right-click on the software and select Disable protection temporarily (This might be different depending on the software you are using).
  3. If you receive a prompt to confirm, click Yes.
  4. Once the software has been removed, try to delete the Registry entries and see if it works.
  5. Ensure to re-enable your antivirus program after going through this process.

Fix 4: Make Use of the Command Prompt

The Command Prompt is a text-based user interface that enables you to communicate with your computer by typing commands. It is a powerful tool that can be used to perform a variety of tasks, such as task management, running programs, and troubleshooting Registry problems. The steps below will help you learn how to use this tool.

  1. Hold Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, type cmd in the text field, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter simultaneously to open the command prompt as an administrator.
  2. Once you are in the command prompt, enter the command below and hit Enter. Replace the Registry key path with the full path of the Registry key you want to edit or delete.
    reg delete [Registry Key Path] /f
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  3. After running this command, check to see if the error has been fixed.

Fix 5: Make Use of PsExec

You can run commands on distant computers using the PsExec remote command-line execution tool. It is a component of the Microsoft-created Sysinternals toolkit.

PsExec enables you to launch the Registry Editor on a remote computer as the system user, which can assist in resolving the Unable to Delete All Specified Values issue. The reason for this is that system permissions usually provide security for the Registry keys and values that are impacted by this error.

  1. Navigate to the PsExec site to download and install the tool.
  2. Next, press Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, type cmd in the text field, then hold Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt as an administrator.
  3. In the command prompt, enter the command below and hit Enter.
    psexec -i -d -s c:\windows\regedit.exe
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  4. This command will open your Registry Editor. Ensure to close any other regedit window you opened.
  5. Lastly, try deleting or editing the Registry keys and see if the error has been resolved.

Fix 6: Log Into Your PC in Safe Mode

Windows’s safe mode is a diagnostic setting that starts your PC with a limited set of drivers and files. This can assist you in resolving computer issues like the Unable to Delete All Specified Values error. Follow the steps below to do this.

  1. Reboot your PC, and start pressing the F8 key repeatedly before the Windows logo appears. This will help to open the Advanced Boot Options menu.
  2. Choose Safe Mode and click Enter.
  3. Once you are in Safe Mode, navigate to the Registry Editor.
  4. Look for the problematic Registry key and try to edit or delete it.

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