I am working at a company with an admin account, which means my account has full access to the system and registry. I love to run portable software with my usb drive but some of the software is automatically attached to the menu right click shell or will modify the file associations, so I have to manually "fix" it every time.
My concern is:
If I want to protect a specific registry key, I can set permission to read-only, BUT I have to do it one by one (or manually). Some "heavy registry software" like a video player, can always register a lot of file associations like *.avi, *.flv, *.mp4.. etc
Running software with UAC can protect some critical registry keys, BUT UAC will required a reboot to take effect which is frustrating.
Running software as a standard user can protect some critical registry keys, BUT since this is my office computer, I would like to minimize making changes to system as much as possible.
Running software with Sandbox or some AntiVirus registry protection program sounds great, BUT I am working with an office computer, I would like to minimize the installation of software.
Is there any other way to protect the registry from being changed by specific software? Thanks.