Task Manager - Enable or Disable

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How to Enable or Disable Task Manager in Vista and Windows 7
Synopsis
This will show you how to enable or disable Task Manager from running in all user accounts on the computer.
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.

Enabled.jpg Disabled.jpg
EXAMPLE: ERROR MESSAGE
NOTE:
You get this when you try to run taskmgr.exe .
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)​
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.​
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)​
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)​
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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Shawn Brink

Comments

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,
Shawn
 
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.
 
Thanks Brink, the .reg solution worked for me!

I think I know the cause in my particular case, I remember downloading a strange program (cant remember what it was exactly) and running it, nothing actually happened but when i looked on my task manager services it said that "microsoft shadow volume" was running and something else with a similar name was too.

Anyway I dont know if that had anything to do with anything but I definately think I downloaded some sort of malware with that dodgy program (usually pretty cautious but my my head was somewhere else that night) so Im downloading AntiVir at the moment to hopefully delete it.


Anyway thanks again mate, couldnt live without my precious task manager :)
 
Thank god i found this site its a lifesaver.
i am only 16 but once i am out of high school i want to go to a tech school for computer software and i wanted to know where some of you people went cause u are $%#$%in geniouses
 
Hi Neverhavemoney,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

I learned through the hard trial and error way of experience, but you should difintely go to a good tech school to learn a lot faster. Everything in the future will most likely require some form of computer technical skills.

Shawn
 
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