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How to Enable/Disable Task Manager in Windows XP/7 (“Task Manager has been disabled by Administrator”, Disable by virus, and more…)

Enable or Disable Windows Task Manager
Windows Task Manager in Windows, lets users start and stop programs; monitor the performance of their computers; view and monitor all programs running on their computers, including system services; find the executable names of programs; and change the priority of the process in which programs run.

Enable or Disable Windows Task Manager

There were times that you need to disable or to enable it. It depends on the given situation, maybe disable by your IT Administrator so that you won’t mess with the running programs, or such a case that the virus might be the culprit which causes the Task Manager to be disabled or not able to show.

But no worries mate! Here are some tips/guides that might help you to solve the Enable/Disable Task Manager.

USING GPEDIT.MSC (GROUP POLICY):
1. Click StartRun (Windows XP)

2. Type: gpedit.msc and click OK (Windows XP) / Click Windows Button – Search and Run – type: gpedit.msc (Windows 7)
Enable or Disable Windows Task Manager

3. In the Group Policy (Windows XP) / Local Group Policy Editor (Windows 7), click User Configuration.
Enable or Disable Windows Task Manager

4. Under of it, click Administrative Templates, expand the folder and then click System.

5. Under the System expand it, and then click Ctrl+Alt+Delete Options, then from there, Double-click the Remove Task Manager option.
Enable or Disable Windows Task Manager

6. If you choose Enabled – If this setting is enabled and users try to start Task Manager, a message appears explaining that a policy prevents the action. Otherwise if Disabled, they can access it.

USING REGEDIT (REGISTRY EDITOR):

1. Go to “Start”“Run” and then type “regedit” and press on “Enter” button (Windows XP) / Click Windows Button – Search and Run – type: regedit (Windows 7).

2. Locate the Folder: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\System

Enable or Disable Windows Task Manager
Note: If the System key (folder) is not present, you can create it, just right-click then click Key. Then name it System.

3. Modify the DWORD – DisableTaskMgr. Double-click it then change the value to 0 – Enable the Task Manager otherwise, 1 – Disable the Task Manager. Click OK afterwards you select the value you want.
Enable or Disable Windows Task Manager
Enable or Disable Windows Task Manager
Note: If the DWORD – DisableTaskMgr is not present, you can create it, just right-click then click DWORD. Then name it DisableTaskMgr.

4. Close the Registry Editor then restart your computer for more effective results.

(Disclosure: Microsoft (Windows XP / 7 / Applications) has a respective copyright. We used it for demonstration purpose only.)

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