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I need to delete a key from a command line. So I wanted to use reg delete "the key to be deleted" /f but I get ERROR: access is denied.

From the same login session (the same user) I am able to delete the key without any troubles from regedit.exe that is not run as administrator.

I cannot use runas command to execute reg that I believe would be to solution because in fact I want to use reg to delete registry entry for administrator profile so runas works again. More info in my other question Windows7 corrupted profile - prevention exists?

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Regedit.exe always runs as administrator. How'd you manage to run it without it? Why isn't deleting it with Regedit enough to solve your Runas problem? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 18 '12 at 23:12
I need to delete the key from command line. – Radek Oct 18 '12 at 23:15
@Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Regedit.exe always runs as administrator - that's simply wrong! – Wolf Jan 15 '15 at 8:45

Administrative commands need to run from an elevated command prompt. Standard command prompts in Windows Vista and newer don't run with administrator rights even if the user is an administrator.

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