how to enable and disable task manager through registry editor and group policy editorTask Manager is a windows program that displays when we press the CTRL+ALT+DEL button in our keyboard. We usually use this when we want to end the process of a non-responsive program or to monitor the CPU or PF usage.

There are times that when we press the CTRL+ALT+DEL button in our keyboard, what we see is a message like this: “Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator“.  Yes, the reason might be that the administrator of the computer has disabled the task manager or it can be trojan viruses which is actually the usual cause of this problem.  New Folder.exe, Kernels32.exe are some of the common viruses that disable the task manager.

The programmer of these viruses usually hide the task manager because they don’t want you to see and monitor the processes of the viruses thus avoiding the user to possibly close and end its processes through the task manager.  The trojans/viruses not only disable the Task Manager but also disable some of the important windows tools like the registry editor, task scheduler, group policy editor and even the folder option.

In this tutorial we’re going to show how you can enable and disable the task manager in your PC.  There are two ways on how to enable and disable this windows tool.  One way is through registry editor and the other one is through group policy editor.  These apply to Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

How to Enable and Disable Task Manager Through Registry Editor :

  1. Click the Start Button.
  2. Click the Run.
  3. Type the “regedit” or “regedit.exe” and hit enter.
  4. In the Registry Editor Window, go to this hive and key:        HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  5. Look for the name: DisableTaskMgr
  6. Just delete this name or you may also change its value: 1 to Disable and 0 to enable.  In this case we want it to enable so just enter the value 0.

Enabling and Disabling Task Manager Through Group Policy Editor :

  1. Click the Start Button
  2. Click the Run
  3. Type the “gpedit.msc” and hit enter
  4. In the Group Policy Editor Window, select the following:
  5. User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> System
  6. Then select the CTR+ALT+Del Options
  7. Select the “Remove Task Manager” on the right pane
  8. Double click on it to go to its properties
  9. and select disable to enable it.

What if the virus has also disabled the Registry Editor and Group Policy Editor ?

Use Task Manager Fix if Regedit and Policy Editor are also disabledMost of the viruses that usually disable the task manager usually disable the registry editor and group policy editor.   Obviously the programmer of the viruses will also restrict their victim from using the registry editor and group policy because they don’t want you to enable the task manager.   In this case you can download the Task Manager Fix.  This is just a small size program and its free.  Just download this Windows System Recovery Tool Program and click the “Fix Task Manager” button and you’re done.  This is actually the easiest way to fix the Task Manager and compare to the first two ways, you don’t have to remember the settings.

Download TaskManagerFix


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