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    Task Manager - Enable or Disable
    How to Enable or Disable Task Manager in Vista and Windows 7
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    01 Nov 2007
    Task Manager - Enable or Disable

    How to Enable or Disable Task Manager in Vista and Windows 7

    information   Information
    If you find that the Task Manager option is grayed out (disabled) when you right click on the taskbar, then you may want to enable it again. You may also want to disable the Task Manager to prevent other user accounts from using it.

    This will also add or remove Task Manager from the Windows Security screen when you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

    You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    warning   Warning
    If you did not disable Task Manager, then it may have been done by some kind of malware or spyware. You should do a complete scan of your computer for a virus and other malware to be safe.
    Tip   Tip
    The Task Manager exe file is located at: C:\Windows\System32\taskmgr.exe

    EXAMPLE: Enabled and Disabled Task Manager
    NOTE: When the Task Manager is disabled, the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC does not work, Task Manager will not appear in CTRL+ALT+DELETE, and Task Manager is grayed out when you right click on the Task Bar.
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    EXAMPLE: ERROR MESSAGE
    NOTE: You get this when you try to run taskmgr.exe .
    Task Manager - Enable or Disable-error_message.jpg




    METHOD ONE

    Through the Local Group Policy Editor

    1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2. In the left pane, click on User Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and Ctrl+Alt+Del Options. (See screenshot below)
    Task Manager - Enable or Disable-group_policy.jpg
    3. In the right pane, right click on Remove Task Manager and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)

    4. To Enable Task Manager
    A) Dot Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5A)

    B) Go to step 6.
    5. To Disable Task Manager
    A) Dot Enabled and click on OK.
    Task Manager - Enable or Disable-properties.jpg
    6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window. Your done.



    METHOD TWO

    Using a REG File Download

    1. To Disable Task Manager
    A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
    Disable_Task_Manager.reg
    download
    B) Go to step 3.
    2. To Enable Task Manager
    A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
    Enable_Task_Manager.reg
    download
    3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

    4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

    5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

    6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

    7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




    METHOD THREE

    Manually in Registry Editor

    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.

    3. If prompted by UAC, then click on the Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).

    4. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (See screenshot below step 5A)
    NOTE: If you do not have System, then right click on Polices and click on New and Key. Type System and press Enter.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
    5. To Disable Task Manager
    A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value and type DisableTaskMgr and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    Task Manager - Enable or Disable-system_key.jpg
    B) Right click on DisableTaskMgr and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)
    C) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Task Manager - Enable or Disable-modify.jpg
    6. To Enable Task Manager
    A) In the right pane, right click on DisableTaskMgr and click on Delete. (See screenshot below step 5A)

    B) Click on Yes to confirm delete.
    7. Close regedit.
    That's it,
    Shawn




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    Re: Task Manager - Enable or Disable

    thanx so much!!!

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    Re: Task Manager - Enable or Disable

    Your welcome dellfreeke, and welcome to Vista Forums.

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    Thank you so much! It worked.

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    Re: Task Manager - Enable or Disable

    Your welcome theteammax, and welcome to Vista Forums also.

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    Re: Task Manager - Enable or Disable

    Thanks
    I had some problems deleting some viruses. I don't think I have alot of them anymore.

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    Re: Task Manager - Enable or Disable

    theteammax,

    I would run a thorough scan with your antivirus program, and then run a anti-spyware program scan to see what it can find to. A good free one is Spybot Search & Destroy.

    The home of Spybot-S&D!

    Hope you get them all,
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    Re: Task Manager - Enable or Disable

    This worked perfectly. A warning to windows users, I am on Vista Home Premium 32bit, and recently spyware was installed on my computer without me knowing about it. It came as a program called PC-Cleaner. I am almost certain that it is spyware / malware . My internet explorer has been disabled and it disabled my task manager. I have Bitdefender and it has been destroyed by whatever I have. It barely functions at all. I cannot restore to an earlier date, so I think I am going to recover to factory settings.

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    Re: Task Manager - Enable or Disable

    Quote Originally Posted by dellfreeke View Post
    thanx so much!!!

    HERE HERE dellfreeke - I second that.

    BRINK AKA Shawn - You Rock, thank you so much, you info is very handy. KUTGW!!!

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    Re: Task Manager - Enable or Disable

    Your welcome Talbot.

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