Where are advanced security options stored in registry?

  1. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 Pro

    Where are advanced security options stored in registry?


    I am looking to find how to edit advanced security settings from registry:

    I cant find their location. I want to check/uncheck from regedit.
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  2. RickC's Avatar
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    Windows 7 + 10

    Internet Options > Advanced works primarily on a 'per user' basis rather than 'system-wide'. As a result, most (but not all) of the registry settings can be found in sub-entries within the following HKEY_CURRENT_USER key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

    For example, the state (ticked or unticked) of the Internet Options > Advanced > Security > Block unsecured images with other mixed content checkbox is stored as a DWORD value (1 for ticked; 0 for unticked) specifically at:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\MixedContentBlockImages

    However, some settings are stored elsewhere so you might want to look into using a registry 'snapshot' tool (that compares registry settings 'before' and 'after' a change). Have a look at this 8 Tools to Track Registry and File Changes by Comparing Before and After Snapshots article for an overview but bear in mind that the article is now 7 years old. As a result it doesn't, for example, mention more modern tools like Nir Sofer's free, portable RegistryChangesView.

    I've more or less stopped using registry 'snapshotters' now and, instead, use TechNet/Sysinternals' free, portable (and excellent) Process Monitor (tip: always run it as administrator) with a RegSetValue filter to monitor registry changes as they occur.

    It's just much, much faster IMO once you get the hang of it, i.e. set the filter in ProcMon (tip: save it as a default), start the capture, make the settings change in Internet Options, stop the capture and identify the relevant ProcMon entry then right-click on the entry to 'jump' to the relevant key/entry in the registry.

    Where are advanced security options stored in registry?-ie_procmon.png

    Have a look at this How-To Geek article: Using Process Monitor to Troubleshoot and Find Registry Hacks for more info.

    Hope this helps...
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