Fixing Your “Disabled” Task Manager

Did you know that your Task Manager can be disabled without you having noticed it? Check it by right clicking the clock on the Windows taskbar, if the Task Manager option is being grayed out, that practically means that it has been disabled for some reasons. Another way is by typing taskmgr.exe on the Run Command, if you got a message telling you that your “Task Manager has been disabled by the administrator,” and you haven’t done it intentionally, then that’s not a good news at all. That could probably be caused by some unwanted viruses. Viruses tend to disable the task manager making it harder for you to deal with their infections. Then that is the time you should be ready with your up-to-date Anti-Virus softwares, run a complete scan and thus eliminate the unwanted pest. Once you got your machine virus-free, you can proceed with the fix.

One way is executing gpedit.msc on the Run command, this runs the Group Policy Editor. Once inside, expand the following folders:

  • User Configuration
  • Administrative Templates
  • System
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del Options

Then from the options, double click Remove Task Manager to change its setting. Click on Not Configured and then OK and Task Manager is available once again.

Remember that this option runs only on Windows XP Pro, nevertheless, if your running a different Windows OS, you will need to fix it manually by editing the registry. This is done by executing regedit on the Run Command, once inside, expand the following folders:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER
  • Software
  • Microsoft
  • Windows
  • CurrentVersion
  • Policies
  • System

Under the System folder, right click on the DisableTaskMgr item, click on Delete, confirm the task, right there and then, Task Manager will be available once again.

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