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Task manager can be disabled manually, but more commonly it's disabled by a virus. It's easy to re-enable once you're virus-free.

My task manager has a "task manager has been disabled by the administrator" message. How did this happen and how can I correct this?

Why: if you didn't do it yourself, the news isn't good.

How to fix it: there are a couple of ways.

Let's look at this more closely.

The situation's pretty simple. If you right click on the clock in the Windows taskbar, the Task Manager item is grayed out:

Greyed out Task Manager Item

Or, if you try to run taskmgr.exe manually, you get this message:

Task Manager Disabled message

So, how did this happen?

As we'll see in a moment, there are settings you can access as an administrator that would allow you to disable and enable Task Manager in this way.

You didn't do that, you say?

Then a virus probably did.

Disabling Task Manager is one way viruses try to make it harder for you to deal with their infections. Before proceeding any further, you should run a complete and up-to-date anti-virus scan of your machine. It's possible, perhaps even likely, that you've been infected.

Once you come back virus-free, you can proceed with the fix.

If you have Windows XP Pro, there's a nifty user interface to directly edit the setting you want to repair. Click Start, then click Run and type in gpedit.msc:

Start, Run, gpedit.msc

And press OK. This runs the Group Policy Editor.

Once in the Group Policy Editor, expand in turn:

  • User Configuration

  • Administrative Templates

  • System

  • Ctrl+Alt+Del Options

You should see something much like this:

Group Policy Editor, Ctrl+Alt+Del Options

Double click on Remove Task Manager to change its setting:

Remove Task Manager setting

It should be enough to click on Not Configured and then OK and Task Manager is available once again.

If you don't have Windows XP Pro, then you'll need to edit the registry manually.

Click Start, then click Run, type in regedit, and click on OK.

Expand these registry keys in turn:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER

  • Software

  • Microsoft

  • Windows

  • CurrentVersion

  • Policies

  • System

You should see something similar to this:

Disable Task Manager Registry Setting

Right Click on the DisableTaskMgr item:

Context Menu on DisableTaskMgr registry item

Click on Delete, confirm that you want to delete, and Task Manager should be available once again.

One thing to note is that it's quite possible that if you're in an environment managed by a centralized policy, these settings may have no effect. Your IT administrator may set things up so as to disable Task Manager, and other things as well at the domain level. You'll need to ask them if this is the case.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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362 Comments
John Hileman
July 16, 2007 4:40 PM

Interesting. I am not having problems, but gave gpedit a try anyway. On my copy of XP Pro, the only sub folder under Administrative Templates is Windows Components. I don't have any of the others.

Keith
August 21, 2007 8:21 AM

If you are still having a problem with the disabled task manager after you have edited the registry to remove it, then more than likely there is an auto loader that is reloading the disable task manager. It can be removed in safe mode once you have found the autoloader, most likely it is in a temp file. Its just a suggestion.

Peter
September 6, 2007 3:14 AM

To fix this error, download the FREE tiny utility - Task Manager Fix from http://www.taskmanagerfix.com

Anshul
October 17, 2007 8:11 AM

Thanks a lot Leo..It has definitely solved my problem.Could you also please recommend which antivirus is best for my computer.I'm using win XP SP2

Leo A. Notenboom
October 18, 2007 12:57 PM

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reggie moore
October 20, 2007 6:23 AM

The setting of "Remove Task Manager" was already "Not Configured" in my settings.

The registry settings in FixMu.zip available at http://forums.techguy.org/malware-removal-hijackthis-logs/593211-pc-running-slow-task-manager.html finally made the task manager enabled for me.

Thanks
Reggie

KUSHAL
October 26, 2007 1:50 PM

hey guys and gals it simply fantastic. i was in my o ffice when i got this problemand after using leo's tips it wrking f9 and task manager and run option both are back

Thanks & Regards
Kushal

hugo
October 27, 2007 7:38 AM

HI Leo,
Iam running an antivirus now but it seams everything right.
My task bar menu doesnt appear. I have administrator account in my home computer. I was setting a guest account and after that, my task manager doesnt appear.

The guest account works properly, but in My account not.
The quick lunch folder is on the right place,
The taskMgr is available us I controled with all your related articles,
and when I shut it down it seams to appear but in the next login is not there,
I have a microsoft keyboard and the volume and Start keys doesnwork as well since that situation, but if I try to access the task manager from the control panel it is the same: "no answer"

If you have some time will be great to have your advices,,, already thankful

hugo
(Win xp pro 2002 tiny edition SPack 2)

hugo
October 30, 2007 4:53 AM

HiLeo,

Im again. I found part of the problem. My printer have a monitor software that produce the troubles. If it is working Im not able to see the task manager. If I end the task (printer softw)with the WinTask Manager the task bar appears again immediately.
I reinstalled the printer software but it doesnt help. So I believe it is again with the changes I had made with the account.

If any advice for me, great
thank you again,,, your site is very good

zladeika5
October 30, 2007 2:14 PM

cool regedit working beter them gpedit.msc thanks lot.

Shaun S
November 26, 2007 3:49 PM

Good stuff, as always Leo. The help is appreciated.

nish: It's not something open for debate. These commands are how you restart it. If you are unable to start Task Manager after doing them then something may be interfering, but the instructions are not wrong.

les din
December 5, 2007 7:35 AM

i need help my run command will not allow me through administrator which my account is but im not allowed can you help i have norton online 2007 im running a scan but 3 qaurters way through and no infection found i have troubles with norton not the the best antivirus.

Grolly
December 22, 2007 4:10 AM

Thanks for the info, it did have some use, but my "Remove Task Manager" was already set to Not Configured but was still inactive. Changed it to "Disabled" and came back.

Daniel R. Barnes
March 16, 2008 8:17 PM

Thanks a million, Leo. Your procedure worked. My wife's computer WAS infected with a virus, and that had to be what was disabling task manager. The virus also popped up windows telling us spyware had infected our computer and took over the desktop, saying the same. The virus claimed we needed to download some spyware removal software. It all smelled like a rat, and it was a rat. Strangely, my wife has Norton Antivirus on her machine, but I don't. My computer is set up to do automatic Windows updates, and hers wasn't. Hers was infected, mine wasn't. Interesting that Windows Update seemed to be more important in fighting viruses than the anti-virus software itself.

Chris O
March 17, 2008 5:23 PM

Thank you. This worked perfectly for me. I believe RangerVirus was the cause of this for me, over 250 infections when I scanned with a strong adware package. Thanks for making the impossible seem quite easy.

Clint Millett
March 28, 2008 1:42 PM

Excellent instructions and worked the first time! I really appreciated this on the website as without TASK MANAGER it's almost impossible to shut down some programs when they crash. Now, if I could only get rid of trojandownloader.xs, my kids computer will be up and running once again!

Chris
March 30, 2008 2:08 PM

Thank you Leo, solution for disabled Task mgr worked. And yes, a virus caused it. For all you youngsters out there, Don't download a "plug-in" from an unknown source.

payam
April 7, 2008 8:06 PM

I googled for weeks and finally came across this site http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-1035-1054868.html It is relevant to this error message for accessing taskmgr.exe: The application failed to initialize properly (0xC0150004). Click OK to terminate the application.

Malthazar
May 4, 2008 6:28 AM

ok here is the problem i tried doing the regedit thind but as soon as i turn the number from 1 to 0 and i go back to regedit it turned to 1 agian. then i tried deleting it and creating a new one. but after i finish it says there is another one with the same name, and as soon as i come to regedit it the one i deleted is back

Rich H.
May 13, 2008 4:58 PM

This worked for me. I also noticed two other items that related to not alerting to logon, and logon stuff. Happy to be rid of that little problem. Incidentally, I have Symantec AV Corp Ed, and it found nothing over the past few weeks that I've been without Task Manager.

harika
May 17, 2008 11:01 AM

I have tried implementing both the methods.Following the first method the remove task manager option is already not configured and then the next method gives a message that it is disabled by the administrator...please suggest me a method so that i can enable it..

Dave TheOldGuy
May 20, 2008 8:08 PM

friend's PC has a bug/virus/something IN THE BIOS that SEARCH & DESTROY cannot get rid of. (and yes, S&D has been updated) S&D says it found something in memory that will be fixed when XP is restarted. It doesn't happen. The bug comes back. and just one of the symptoms is not being able to get into TASK MANAGER. Can't boot off a CD. Screen keeps wanting us to purchase a anti-virus program. It's a real mess. Idea's welcome. (besides getting a new motherboard)

Alyssa
May 28, 2008 9:43 PM

i have windows XP..
do i insert the same exact thing you listed..as in:
Expand these registry keys in turn:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER

Software

Microsoft

Windows

CurrentVersion

Policies

System

..Because i tried that and didnt work, what do i put in?

Bruce
June 10, 2008 10:22 AM

kris c's comment 06-05-08 @12:50P references task bar. I thought this thread was re: task mgr? I had problem with search and start/task bar being disabled. I was able to go through recycle bin to explore and task manager to restart. I got start/task bar back by reenabling quick launch but didn't know how to reenable search.

apekillape
July 9, 2008 10:43 AM

http://www.technize.com/2007/07/02/registry-editing-has-been-disabled-by-your-administrator/

Try this, it worked for me.

N

de.jo.
July 10, 2008 3:39 PM

this article was very helpful to me because it lead me through the process step by step.I think what disabled my task manager was a program my brother had installed called skype. thanks for the information on enabling task manager!

carlos ip
August 21, 2008 9:09 PM

hi leo,

tks for the advice to change the registry.

i use xp home version and run as the administrator.
my task manager, regedit and norton anti-virus auto-protect are disabled after being hit by a worm a few days ago.
i used spybot to get rid the worm, now norton anti-virus and regedit are back to normal.
i used kaspersky, panda-scan, symantec online scan and avg to scan and no more virus found.
i used spybot, cwshredder, adaware, spyware doctor etc. and found no more spyware.
i changed the registry as shown by you, used a rrt program and similar registry changes suggested by other gurus, like in kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm - set DisableTaskMgr to (0) or delete it, reboot but still could not find my task manager back.
checked the taskmgr.exe in system32 directory and found the file size and date are normal.
i am now using anvir task manager and found no adnormal cpu, memory or program/process running.

please kindly advise if any other registry or method i could follow to get back the task manager.
by the way, hijackthis cannot be run on my pc even though i click the program file, don't know why.

tks a lot in advance, and awaiting your kindest advice.

carlos

Shashi
September 2, 2008 10:26 PM

Thanks Leo! The second tip really helped even though my OS was Windows XP Pro. I am not sure how this was disabled and my system was not even infected. There was also no group policy implemented by the centralized IT administrator.

John
September 6, 2008 2:44 AM

Many Thanks, option two worked fine. AVG did not stop the virus attack but detected it later, had to remove the files manually to get rid.

Bijomon Varghese
September 25, 2008 12:11 AM

Actually ur system is affected with new folder.exe

Try this one:-

http://www.us-experts.com/site/Details.asp?TopicID=35

goto this link
and download the smart virus remover its free.
and install it.


then check ur system tray it will show a new icon.... click on it...else

goto

start > all programs > Smart Virus Remover

click on all the four buttons on the left side of the interface.

it will activate ur task manager, folder options etc....


but remember u have to use a good antivirus in order to remove the virus.

Matthew Calder
October 14, 2008 5:46 AM

If your run option has been disabled like mine was too, right-click the start button, go to properties, start menu tab, customize, advanced tab, and in start menu items check the 'run command' option then press ok then apply.

This guide helped me a lot thanks.

Robert Haehnel
October 21, 2008 9:38 PM

I tried your recommendations, as well as pasting ( REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f) into "run" each time. They all work but Task Manager continues to get disabled even though I'm virus and spyware free (except some Microsoft stuff.

novice pc adict
October 29, 2008 12:26 AM

hey guys... whew!! it work i dit it in reg edit but after 1 day it was disabled again and now i can't run regedit anymore ..can anyone tell me how to remove this kind of virus... named= backup which similarly like a driver that can be extract.... the other one is named= do not delete which is a folder type, the other one is sometinlike a noteboo1 and it is named list, the other one is a media player or somtin like a avi and it is named as unknown artist and the last one is a workbook1... the keep on appearing in every folder i open... i tried avira/kaspersky/nod32 but they can't delete this mess..

Mr Gene Lynch
November 7, 2008 9:19 PM

I had this same problem. Also tweakui, regedit, and task manager were all disabled by administrator. AVG missed it. Spybot S&D found the bad entries and removed them. I had to search for a program that was trying to go on the internet. Finally found it and all is well again.

Johnny
November 8, 2008 4:56 AM

Hi Leo. I have a weird problem. Can you walk me through to fix my laptop please? I have a Windows XP no anti-virus programs and 6 days ago after searching for 'roms' to download and finding nothing but POP UP WEBSITES. another browsing window from Internet Explorer popped up and it wouldn't close. So I tried Alt + CTRL + Delete and it said "Task Manager has been disable by your administrator"

I tried searching for the worm, cookie or trojan by going to "RUN" "REGEDIT" And received "Registry editing has been disable by your administrator". Then, when I went to check on my local disk 'free space' I noticed that the storage capacity kept on decreasing.

I'm not able to use Firefox as a browser, just IE and I'm not able to download anything through IE because every time I want to download something or an anti-virus it closes the window that will be used to download or my pc acts like if I hadn't click on the link to download.

I tried going to the sites you've listed to get my laptop scanned online and when I click my machine doesn't do anything or sometimes it just shows a 'green progressing image' at the bottom of the browser on the status bar like if it was trying to load the page but it's not.

What else can I do? I have a roommate who has a desktop PC and we tried uploading AVG anti-virus through her computer to my laptop and it uploads well except that when I want to install the anti-virus the windows looks like it has been frozen and then, it shows an error message "0xc0000005"

Any alternatives besides re-formatting please?

You were running without anti-virus protection? My guess is that your system is messed up pretty bad. Yes, we could spend a lot of time trying various approached, but ... in reality, a reformat and reinstall will at this point likely be much quicker.

Just make sure to set up security before you connect to the internet, ok? Anti virus, anti spyware, firewall, the works. You've seen what happens when you don't.

- Leo
08-Nov-2008
Madan Mohan
December 8, 2008 4:00 PM

Hi

I had the similar issue with the computer with both the Task Manager and the Registry Disabled. Unfortunately the Windows i used was XP Home and the Gpedit wont work there.
I googled around and got the Command line Reset which enables the Registry and then I Modified (also deleted) the Keys to disable the Task manager. It worked Untill the System was stayed on. Once Rebooted.. Same Issue happened again. Does it Mean it is really Infected. ??

Rejan Zeneli
January 6, 2009 9:30 AM

Hej Guys, i've been reading what you have write here and i just want to give you another HELP about this...!

When You load your Operation System Windows XP whatever his version is you see only you account that means you are the Administrator, right...!
But it is not like it seems, even that your User Account is the only account that can access your System there is another User that we call it ADMINISTRATOR and he is the most powerful user on the system.

If you want to follow all the steeps that are written on the top of this page to Enable your Task Manager, first of all you should try to follow those steeps.

1) Load you OS Windos XP on your Account
2) Click on START
3) After Select Log off
4) Log off from your account...!
5) When it appears your account to click on it do like this>
6) Click CTRL+ALT+DELETE 2X ( Twice-Two Times)
7) On your Account name Rename it to "Administrator"
8) Press Enter if you don't have a Password or if you have than write it and than press enter

Now you are logged in as Administrator now you should Follow the Steeps that are written by " ASK LEO"

I Hope this will help you guys...!

aditya
January 25, 2009 7:46 AM

boot in safe mode...hopefully u know how,n then clean all cookies
run bitdefender 9
this helps
i tried it myself

Nimit
January 25, 2009 10:47 PM

Hey guys,

My system was infected by virus virus IM-Worm.Win32.Sohanad.gen which resulted in disable task manager and certain other problems.

Method 3 helped me recover my problems well...

Thanx a lot guys for the work.

Tristan
February 4, 2009 12:46 PM

Thank you soooo much, a virus was on my computer. Long story short, I had to disconnect internet, (so the message "Its being used " thing) then delete it, then it wouldnt let me use task manager.Thank you so much.

Everyone!! Watch out for WindowsXP Police. That's the virus name

Melody
February 6, 2009 6:07 AM

I have tried all the above methods...The settings for the task manager are set to not configured. Still my task manager is disabled. The Registry is also disabled.My system is virus free now. Kindly suggest a way out...

Mike
February 8, 2009 7:48 AM

I was hit by digeste.dll and couldn't get into task manager
Followed spywareremove instructions and deleted the offensive module. Running regSRV didn't do anything

Followed Leo's instruction using GPEDIT.MSC and flagged disabled as it was already showing not configured. Task manager is back

Thanks for your help

eden
February 9, 2009 12:45 PM

i have downloaded the xp antivirus virus and now i am not able to get my task manager.. i deleted the virus but not permanently as it did not appear in my add/remove program menu norton detected two viruses which are fixed but still not able to resume my task manager..please help

Andrew in Gurnee IL
February 9, 2009 2:31 PM

Had this happen as a result of malware, specifically, the new "XPPoliceAntivirus" took out the task manager. I was able to remove the malware using malwarebyte's anti-malware but the above entry in gpedit was missing so I had to manually remove it in regedit. It also threw some other entries in the registry in that same group I had to delete as well so a special thanks for this writeup!

mahr
February 14, 2009 9:06 PM

i have task manager mal-functioning, means doesnot run at all but it does run in safe mode, i'm using win vista. its an after effect of "Ahsan Virus". How do i fix it, virus is removed i believe... thanks leo

Lavesh
February 17, 2009 3:40 PM

Thank you so much for this, task manager is availible again, i had the XP police 'antivirus'

Cabby
February 18, 2009 5:41 PM

I have the task manager is diwsabled message AND a blue screen with red and yellow boxes showing.. AND no task bar to run start etc... what to do?

jonathan
February 18, 2009 7:01 PM

Used the second method. Did it manually through regedit works great. Thanks for the help and succinct instructions you rock.
ez

Darren
February 19, 2009 8:11 AM

Some people have nohing better to do than trying to mess up things we rely on, forunately some people also dedicate time and bandwidth to helping us, so for that, I thank you!

Jeremy
February 19, 2009 9:51 PM

Wow, many thanks, you just fixed a problem that was troubling me so much! It fixed everything that wasn't working... including internet explorer! Now I can go sleep! Thank you so much!

kit
February 21, 2009 3:17 AM

Can you help me to enable the task manager?
But how? My computer suffers from a virus called
"flashy". I have an anti-virus NORTON ANTIVIRUS.
I dont have any internet connection. When I open Norton anti-virus this says like this "Norton cannot scan because some file of Norton is corrupted" but this note is not exactly as the computer says.

arif
February 21, 2009 11:08 AM

my "remove task manger" is checked with 'not configured', but still the problem is occuring. even I can't run the 'Regedit', it says- registry editting has been disabled by your administrator. please help me.

diddey
February 21, 2009 6:44 PM

I have a question.. my daughter got the XP Police Antivirus on her computer and I was able to get rid of it all.. then her task manager wouldn't run.. found this.. thank you.. it repaired the problem.. I just have one question.. in that same file I also see "disable registry tools" with a value set at 1.. is this suppose to be there? Any help would be great.. Thanks in advance

Manish
February 21, 2009 9:14 PM

Plz Tell me How can i get My Taskmanager Back and Where Can I Found and Get Enabled...

Your Steps of gpedit.msc and regedit are not working....

so tell me onather Answer

Dinesh
February 22, 2009 12:58 AM

Thanx for ur advice...
This is very useful to my IT knowledge...
I'll try to clean the virus from pc...
Actually i'm not using a virus guard...
Any way if i get another problem i'll check with u...

Linaye Lollar
February 22, 2009 12:59 PM

Ask Leo has helped me on several occasions, when even Windows help was of no assistance in enabling my task manager. Thanks Leo!

chastine
February 25, 2009 8:42 AM

hi leo, i got this task manager enabled. but for just 1-3 seconds. then, it goes back to disabled.

sorry to tell, but i lost hope with my NOD32 3.0 anti-virus. it scans but it won't give me any lead what was the virus. please give me some advice...

Jr.
February 25, 2009 9:50 AM

This works great if you can get into the machine. What if you have to slave the drive to edit the registry to fix the task manager error.

m.i husni ahamed
February 26, 2009 2:15 AM

i am having truble getting my task manager also i am stuck i wanner activate kaspersky 2009 but unable to due to avg 8 it's not getting removed complitly pleasehelp me to get this back and to activate task manager and kasper sky

Lalit kumar
February 26, 2009 6:51 AM

Dear Leo
i have window xp, my task manager is disable, even gpedit.msc is also not working. you are requested to please suggest me what to do

victor
February 26, 2009 4:20 PM

also i cant find 'run' from start

zahirah
February 27, 2009 5:17 PM

Hey..i've tried the things that u told..since im not using windows xp pro i tried to edit it myself..but it said that the task has bben diasabled by administrator.how do i fix this?

sandeep Raut
February 28, 2009 10:44 AM

machin is restart and again same problem Task manager is disable

wenbin
February 28, 2009 8:00 PM

Dear leo,
Mine task manager has been disabled by the administrator and whenever i try to type gpedit.msc it doesn't work it says can't be found.And i don't know why my window live messenger can't log in!So i have no idea how you are going to reply to me.

ray
March 1, 2009 1:40 AM

i can not get my task manager enabled, i type in regedit, it says thats its disabled and i cant continue, same happens when i type gpedit.msc, what do i do?

Adrian
March 5, 2009 7:04 AM

ray i have also the same Problem what the hell is the problem of the world WEB!!!!!

Annabelle
March 5, 2009 5:39 PM

thanks, man! this worked perfect. i had gotten rid of the virus awhile ago, but couldn't figure out out to enable my task manager again. thanks again.

Sandeep
March 8, 2009 8:32 AM

hey recently my computers task manager has been disbled i am using xp service pack 2.i tried gpedit.msc and regedit command but still could not activate my taskmanager.my computer has become slow and i am using avast virus scanner which is not helping pls respond . thank you

dhulipudi
March 9, 2009 6:11 AM

my computer got struck due to virus. it hijacked the task manager. i was able to delete the virus but cannot fix the task manager. With your help i am able to fix that also.
Thanks a lot

Dann
March 12, 2009 6:48 AM

If steps listed above won't work you can try registry fix http://fixexe.com/fix-task-manager-disabled-by-administrator/ It worked for me!

Madmac
March 16, 2009 5:17 PM

I went through the steps and got my task manager and regedit back. I was very happy with the results until I rebooted my system and tried to log in. To my surprize it logged my back out repeatedly. Is it a different virus or the same one changing to make my life more complicated. HELP!!!!

Iyyappan
March 18, 2009 6:15 PM

In my gpedit.msc the task manager option is not configured and regedit is not going thru in run. what might be the reason

Dave Gibbon
March 20, 2009 10:37 PM

Thanks Leo! I first had to figure out how to get the registry re-enabled for my mother-in-law's computer, but once I got that done, your sequence worked well (had to search the registry for "DisableTaskMgr" as it wasn't quite in the same spot as advertised).

jezzer
March 24, 2009 5:14 PM

Worked great. Mine siad it was not configured but changed it to disabled and its working great again.
cheers.

Janice Totten
March 26, 2009 12:28 AM

Thank you for your fantastic instructions! I followed them to the letter (after running Avast thorough virus scan) and wa-la! The Task Manager is back. Just wanted to say thank you thank you thank you!
Janice in Florida

Sameer
March 28, 2009 1:35 PM

Thank you for your marvalleous instructions! I followed them to the letter (after following instruction of gpedit.msc)! The Task Manager is back. Just wanted to say thank you!

Gautam
March 31, 2009 11:01 PM

My problem is that i do not have an antivirus installed. I tried installing Bit Defender yesterday but it said you dont have the priviliges. Task Manager was disabled. If this works and the task manager is enbled then i can install the anti virus, right?

Austin
April 3, 2009 7:31 AM

Hello i need your help. The run thing is disabled, taskmgr, and i cant open any folders including c drive can you help???

vhem
April 6, 2009 8:37 PM

also my run program disappeared... what am i gonna do? im tired of always installing xp over and over again... please help...

JBTant
April 7, 2009 11:21 AM

I've got the same problem, except that I know that the network admin on this system deliberately did that. My question is what is the "vulnerability" that he's so scared of? What does he/she/it think we're all going to do if I have the ability to stop a frozen programs by a method other than pulling the power cable from the back of the CPU??

barani
April 9, 2009 11:24 PM

hey guys don need to do this complicated steps fellas http://www.taskmanagerfix.com/ visit this site and download the provided software n jus click done u will get ur task manager back

mongoose4mysnake
April 9, 2009 11:59 PM

it was easy and really specific step-by-step for a dummy like me. thanks a lot Leo the man!

dhaanesh
April 10, 2009 6:39 AM

yes its great and works but at the last part it showed not configured already so i changed that in to disable so it worked is tat ok

judith
April 10, 2009 10:11 PM

thanks for the instruction, i've been 25 times reinstall my windows installation cause that things happened,no solution i got,till i foun this page as my next my computer doctors. thanks leo...

milan antani
April 13, 2009 10:41 PM

hey i have MC AFEE anti virus software installed on my system.it has all the latest available DATs.i update it regularly.but even the anti virus software has been disabled.and task manager is not working.i am using windows xp professional service pack 2

gurpreet
April 14, 2009 6:14 PM

was hit by lots of viruses, cause of lots of visiting to porno sites. without installed any antivirus and spy ware. but after goin through all what u said, i got all things back like taskmanager, and quick links etc. this things works

Yamini
April 15, 2009 8:30 AM

hey this http://www.taskmanagerfix.com/ works wonderful. just a click and its fixed. thanks JBTant...

but can anyone tell me how to find my missing sys-tray icons???

ahish agrawal
April 17, 2009 10:55 AM

hey thx my task manager is enabled back. thx alot. i hve 1 more problem my folder options are missing wht shld i do. plz mail me the solutuion of it at [Email address removed]

Hayley Elliott
April 18, 2009 3:04 PM

I just want to say thank you. I am glad I have my task manager back now. You made it pretty easy!

Luc
April 19, 2009 5:26 AM

It's enabled back! Thanks! Your guide was easy to follow :D

murali
April 24, 2009 6:34 PM

Thanks.. taskmgr did get enabled but gets killed in two seconds.. any thoughts?

Your machine is likely still infected with the virus that caused the problem in the first place. You'll need to remove it somehow. Try running an up-to-date virus scan, perhaps after booting into safe mode.
- Leo
25-Apr-2009

Mirchi
April 28, 2009 4:18 AM

The third Trick works for me.
Thanks a lot Guys.
Your support is rocking.
Great work done.
Thanks once again.

Kym
May 2, 2009 5:57 PM

Thanks! My dad has been going crazy trying to figure out how his task manager got disabled. When he gets home tonight he'll be happy to know it's been enabled again! And I believe I'll be bookmarking your page for future reference!

Sergico
May 9, 2009 7:49 PM

Thank you so much! This is SUPER helpful. I was getting so frustrated with it because my firefox kept freezing and i couldn't do anything about it. Thanks alot!!

Kris
May 10, 2009 6:54 PM

I have a Compaq Presario C700 Notebook with Vista Home Premium....

Both Task manager and Regedit has been disabled...

I am the One and only user of it...

gpedit.msc is not available in Vista home edition...

any suggestions to enable Task manager and regedit

ken from Billings, Mont
May 24, 2009 12:06 PM

Thank you! Took me about a minute to navigate to enable admin controls. Darn viruses! I'm good now, thank you.

Faustin
May 25, 2009 6:11 AM

The Task manager is enabled and disabled within a minute.

Manuel
May 30, 2009 7:12 PM

thanks! it worked! you're awesome!

Lori
May 31, 2009 7:56 PM

THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!
I've been having trouble with a virus and finally got it removed but I didn't have a task manager.
This information helped me a bunch!
THANK YOU!!!

Pong
June 1, 2009 8:57 AM

I have dled the freeware AVG and scan my disk C and i found a trajan and i have already healed and removed it. But all yr above methods don;t work for me. Mine is windows XP. I've tried both methods but it didnt work. The 2nd method when i typed in regedit and enter. it said registry editing has been disabled by the adminstrator. SO how do i solve this prob? Yr help will be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Pong
June 1, 2009 9:18 AM

sry for the comment i made earlier, i've found a solution on this site http://www.technize.com/2007/07/02/registry-editing-has-been-disabled-by-your-administrator/ and i've used this tweak that they gave which i don't know whether its gd or bad, do u mind explaining a bit on this, REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Neha
June 4, 2009 9:56 AM

Well, Thanks a lot lori,this information really worked for me.I had been getting this problem from couples of days,after seeing this forum ..... I hv got my task manager back with a bang.......thnqq........lolzz........

Bibie
June 11, 2009 12:06 AM

I just can't access my registry editor yet.
What best AntiVirus free in this world??
Would you mine to tell me, via email??
Thank you so much..........

Ian Baker
June 15, 2009 12:50 PM

THANK YOU!!!!
that helped sooo much,other web sites have told me to set the disable tsk mngr file to 0,and that didnt help at all!
but ow i am runing again thanks too your help
I will deff be using this site again and tell my friends about it

Thank you,Ian Baker

LS
June 15, 2009 10:41 PM

This was immensly useful. Having bitten by the Autorun worm I was trying to get the machine to come back to normal. Even the Regedit wasn't launching.. so where's what I did...

To enable Regedit
A-1) Start -> Run
REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Launch Regedit now and delete the Taskmanager registry entry as Leo explained

naveen
June 16, 2009 10:28 PM

i've tried the above mentioned methods. nothing is wrking. neither is my regedit working. wat do i do? i have avira. after scanning it shows d reports but no way to delete d virus........ help me out

Tobi
June 18, 2009 4:57 PM

My system (Win Xp Pro) was affected by a virus or malware, I Use Avast (It has real time protection) and malwarebytes (no real time protection) I do not think that my comp is still clean even though Malwarebytes detected some malware and removed them b'coz my comp is still very slow and I think it may have some trojan in it as well . but never the less with this article i was able to reactivate my task manager and regedit was as well disabled and one of the comment on this site helped me so again thank u LS for your comment. Here are the details of the infected file. 1.Worm.Autorun (registry value)HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current version\Run\MSN Messenger,
2.Worm Auto Run(File) c:\Windows\system32\SVRCHOst.exe,
3. Hijack.System.Hidden (Registry Data) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current version\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL\Checked Value,
4.Hijack.Regedit (Registary data)HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current version\Policies\System\DisableRegsirtyTools, 5. HijackTask manager (Registry data) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current version\Policies\System\Disabletaskmgr, 6. Hijack Folder Options (Registtry Data) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current version\Policies\Explorer\NoFolderoptions. As I told u earlier I do not think that my comp is clean and i had to delete the Disable Task manager manaually and i can still find Disable Regisrty tools, No folder options for the Hijack Malware in my registry and a tool from Malware bytes called as File Assasin can locate SVRCHOST.exe in the sytem 32, can i delete them and can I as well delete Disable Regisrty tools, No folder options from the registry as I did to enable the task manager

Rohit
June 21, 2009 4:49 AM

ctrl+alt+del.is not come under the system row...still the problem is stand

Rajat
June 30, 2009 2:57 AM

I have dled the freeware AVG and scan my disk C and i found a trajan and i have already healed and removed it. But all yr above methods don;t work for me. Mine is windows XP. I've tried both methods but it didnt work. The 2nd method when i typed in regedit and enter. it said registry editing has been disabled by the adminstrator. SO how do i solve this prob? Yr help will be greatly appreciated, thanks.

NIRMAL
July 4, 2009 6:19 PM

I have dled the freeware AVG and scan my disk C and i found a trajan and i have already healed and removed it. But all yr above methods don;t work for me. Mine is windows XP. I've tried both methods but it didnt work. The 2nd method when i typed in regedit and enter. it said registry editing has been disabled by the adminstrator. SO how do i solve this prob? Yr help will be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Sarah
July 4, 2009 8:10 PM

Hi I tried to do this as I have virus scanned my computer and it can't find one but I'm also locked out of registry editor what should I do?

Ravi kumar017
July 8, 2009 5:57 AM

this is applicapable only in condition while regedit is enable.not works when regedit is disabled.

joey
July 19, 2009 4:21 PM

im already done. BUT, still appearing that. what i should do?

naif
July 21, 2009 1:19 AM

i wrote gpedit.msc but the window could not be open Why??????

Customcomp
July 21, 2009 1:57 AM

I cannot run regedit???

Any ideas.

Douglas
July 22, 2009 5:57 PM

To enable Task Manager download and run Task Manager Fix v2.0 available at http://www.taskmanagerfix.com/

Rachel
July 24, 2009 4:48 AM

I have been able to delete the registry fro 'Disable Task Manager' but as soon as I do, it shows up again! Now what??

keil
August 2, 2009 6:04 AM

i found my solution here http://howtodothingsbeginners.blogspot.com/2009/07/enable-your-task-manager-and-other.html

Arshad
August 9, 2009 1:08 AM

Thanks alot,

I have done it but I made some slight changes to your procedure... Instead of selecting Not Configure option in gpedit.msc, i select Disabled option and it work...

Bob
August 11, 2009 5:30 PM

I used Arshad's method when "Not Configure" did not work. I hit "Disable" and my task manager came right up.

vivek
August 13, 2009 3:35 AM

If anybody has problem in editing regedit and browsing gpedit.msc....i have a simpler solution.
Get a copy of registry key fromm a non infected computer and install it in your pc(caution:your system bust be thoroughly scanned from an updated antivirus first).
You can contact me if u need this.
IT works!!

Chris
August 14, 2009 12:03 AM

Just tried the "gpedit.msc" fix on my machine and it worked fine, thanks.

Ajamu Azibo
August 14, 2009 11:53 AM

I just used the steps for users not running XP Pro and it was simple, easy to follow, and worked fine the very first time. I didn't have to retry anything, restart my computer, none of that, it was repaired in seconds. Thank you very much for the information.

zameer tamboli
August 18, 2009 8:42 AM

i cant install any software in xp,& i got massage u r task manager disabled, &u can cange setting witout check NCRC ..while double click on installer.

John
August 22, 2009 9:33 AM

Thank you for the help. I was able to fix the problem but when I turn off my computer and turn it back on the problem comes back with pc-codec-pack that continually gives warning fatal error that my computer is not protected. It is a very annoying problem to continually fix. How can I completely remove this bogus software scam.
Thanks John

Fay
August 24, 2009 1:47 PM

Thank you on the help on why my task manager disabled. I went to the site task manager fix and it did the trick for me. I really am so greatful for your help in this matter.

Joe Dauriac
August 27, 2009 7:25 PM

Thanks for the help. I had to have remote assistance a couple of weeks ago for a virus and lost access to my task manager. Your assistance in restoring it was on the head.

Tiznado
August 28, 2009 11:13 AM

Thanks a lot however I have a smaller problem. Task Manager shows but for a few seconds and closes itself again.

Kellie
September 1, 2009 5:56 AM

Thank you so much i got my task manager back and up anad running

hagara
September 6, 2009 4:50 AM

Help, i can't open gpedit.msc with run
it says it doesnt't excist
is my computer completely malfunctioned ?
please help

jame-kenya
September 8, 2009 11:11 PM

i tried and it worked immediately thank you so very much

MJ
September 11, 2009 9:15 PM

i tried gpedit.msc, it worked but, my task manager has been disabled again.

Collins
September 12, 2009 1:00 PM

Thanks very much it worked like magic. I Just finished installing windows after installing all the software task manager was disabled but thanks to you i have it back

wnay
September 13, 2009 3:08 AM

tq...it's really helpful and simple =)

John Athisayaraj
September 23, 2009 9:26 AM

I have windows Xp professional sp2...
My task manager is disabled...I tried to your first step(gpedit.msc)....But i don't have a opition (ctrl+alt+del)in the system.How can i enabled taskmanager....

Ajith
September 24, 2009 7:15 AM

I tired the 1st step and the GP policy is set to "Not COnfigured", even thou my task manager is disabled. I try to run 'regedit" and I get a message that it is disabled. It appears that the worm is much stronger for this solution, do you have any other fix?

Paul2
September 25, 2009 7:47 PM

Looks like I'm the 2nd Paul here today. Thanks for making this easy to find!



In case this helps others:



While my AV (antivirus) software was seemed to have caught and removed a bunch of problems affecting my pc, it was stil catching a virus/trojan symtom. I still had trouble as some infected files (beep.sys, winlogon.exe) kept triggering my AV alerts. They apparently could not be un-infected.

I tried many changes and hacks, rebooting frequently, but the AV messages kept popping up every minute or so.

Running system restore to a day before the infection was reported by Windows XP to have "not worked", but the remainder of "rustok.r" infection is now gone.

But the damage of not being able to run Task Manager was still here until I found this article.

And then I could see nothing strage was running. Or so I think at this point!

Thanks again!

juan
September 28, 2009 5:52 PM

i can't open gpedit.msc with run
it says it is infected. can you help me?

hoda
October 5, 2009 2:35 AM

hi , my gpedit and regedit page is so disable !!!
i think its virus!

VIKRAM
October 23, 2009 6:17 AM

I TRIED ALL THE METHODS BUT OF NO USE.I HAVE WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2.WHENEVER I TRY TO OPEN THE GOOGLE SITE IT SAYS GOOGLE BANNED.TASK MANAGER IS DISABLED AND REGISTRY EDITOR IS OK.PLEASE HELP
I HAVE LATEST AVG UPDATES BUT IT DOES NOT DETECT ANY VIRUS
PLEASE HELP

kyky
October 24, 2009 2:33 AM

thanks people: use this site: http://www.taskmanagerfix.com/
works like a charm!!

pooja
October 25, 2009 5:42 AM

it's not work tell me what i do and which anti virus is best

Mark
November 4, 2009 12:50 PM

Very helpful, instructions were clear and coherent and it fixed the problem straight away!

Thanks very much!

Vicki
November 7, 2009 1:53 PM

Task manager gets disabled when my disabled son runs some of his CD games, these stupid games also have AOL which I don't want on my computer but since my son does not read or write, he sometimes gets AOL started configuring and that seems to disable my task manager. If there was a way I could make it so that AOL can not load at all, that would be wonderful. I don't appreciate that AOL keeps trying to load on my computer or that when I buy a computer, there is AOL already on it.

Marty
November 19, 2009 8:51 AM

When I do ctrl+Atl+Del and click task manager nothing happens

Ivan
November 24, 2009 10:03 AM

Thank you for the help. It was very easy to follow and worked like a charm!

ravi
December 5, 2009 5:42 AM

1.open run
2.type the gpedit in run box and than click ok
3.double user configuration
4.double click administrative templates
5.double click system
6.double click ctrk+alt+del option
7.double click on remove task manager than
A box will appear and selset the disable option

lugkenish
December 7, 2009 6:17 AM

thanx..... i use is website (http://www.taskmanagerfix.com/ )..... than i can fix...my task manager

Rezz
December 7, 2009 5:17 PM

I did that and found it but when i click delete it says "Unable to delete all specified values." and wont let me delete it OMG

Liam
December 7, 2009 9:14 PM

[b]SO INCREDIBLY HELPFUL[/b] Probably the easiest most straight forward explaination for any problem i've had, with pictures to boot! I'm not sure if i have XP pro, but i just set the setting to disabled. Is this alright? Thanks so much!!

Cdn Hermit
December 13, 2009 1:39 PM

In gpedit, I do not have "system", only windows components in administrative template.

Sunita
December 13, 2009 11:43 PM

its amazing,
just follow the simple steps and you will see the result in a few seconds.

Dilip.M
December 16, 2009 7:13 AM

When this problem occured earlier I reinstalled my os. This time you helped me to fight back.

EXCELLENT POSTING!!!!!

sekhar from INDIA
December 17, 2009 5:34 PM

Sir, I follwed the 1st step fr enabling my "Task manager". But it didnt work. So i went for regedit method. but its saying that regedit is disabled by Administrator. Please help me..

Anjaneya Raju Kollati
December 17, 2009 6:41 PM

Excellent...
worked for me..thanks a lot

manikandan
December 18, 2009 3:30 AM

thank u very much i started thinking of uninstalling my os but u saved my time

Lilo korben
December 19, 2009 2:21 AM

My pc has a problem that registry editor and task manager has been disabled by admin, also antivirus kernel failed(NoD32).
I try to fix it by extra registry editor and change the keys alot.but per clock cycle, data change again for example this path:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER->sotware->microsoft->windows->currentversion->policies and run.
I think It's a virus or trojan but i can't solve it.
guide me please.

Jake Ronaldo
December 20, 2009 7:41 AM

Yes, i did as you said, but when i try to open it again it flashes off within few seconds, help plz.

Ken Bo
December 22, 2009 1:29 PM

Thank you for the instruction..very easy to follow...I found it and was able to enabled tskmgr again

Xsert
January 6, 2010 5:52 PM

Ahhh.. so it's just that easy huh?!

thank you so much.. hmmm

i better try this at home.. thanks....
ahmm. can you help me too about how to deal with cmd.exe?

thanks...

+_-Treske-_+

Kristy
January 14, 2010 12:29 PM

second instruction worked here at our office

Abdulroqeeb
January 16, 2010 10:12 PM

I did as said but when i try to open it, it just flashes off. Thanks

G Burman
January 17, 2010 4:21 AM

Press the Start button, click run and then paste the following into the browser...

REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Subhra
January 20, 2010 7:58 PM

My system is infected with a Trojan Virus called "khatra.exe". The "Task Manager" is disabled. When I'm following the steps above, I don't see "Ctrl+Alt+Del" in there. How do I enable my "task manager" in this case. Also do you have any idea how to remove this virus?

sidhu
January 22, 2010 8:16 PM

when we switch ON the pc at first time only i can able to get task manager next time i cant able to receive my task manager

DonB
January 25, 2010 5:40 PM

In my situation, I only see my wallpaper, but no desktop buttons. So, I can not click the start button to begin the fix. When I press Ctrl+Alt+Del or Ctrl+Shift+Esc, all I get is the error box message "Task manager has been disabeled...". Is there any way to change the Task manager setting in this situation?

girish pant
January 27, 2010 8:44 PM

really working i have so many problems and now i think i m on the right place.

Jaime
January 28, 2010 12:29 AM

If all you see is the desktop with no buttons, then you need to open in Safe Mode with Networking. Chances are you will only get a black screen in safe mode. Once there, type Crt + Alt + Del and Task Manager will open. Go to File, New Task, and type explorer to get access to your programs. Download and install Malwarebytes, and run a scan in Safe Mode. That should clear it up enough to access your desktop in Normal Mode, at which point you need to do further scans to clean all infections.I used Spybot Search and Destroy, and Ad-aware.

Carl
January 30, 2010 5:28 PM

LEO, Thanks and FYOI
I have XP Pro and I went into gpedit.msc and Task Manager wasnt't disabled there, just unconfigured.
So I did the XP Home fix of regedit. And there it was taskmgr disabled. I deleted it. These Trojans can be quite insidious can't they. This is after doing a boot scan with Avast which found nothing and a Safe Mode scan with SuperAntiSypware which found several Trojans. Rogue.Agent/Gen; Trojan.Agent/Gen; Trojan.Agent/Gen-FA[SMSS32]; Trojan.Agent/GenFA[WL32]; Trojan.Agent/Gen-InternetSecurity[Fake] and TrojanDropper/Sys-NV. Which one disabled the Task Manager? I got these when I attempted to open a Gary Borger Fly Fishing Video site.
Yes, I was hooked there for a while.

Long ho
February 1, 2010 2:26 AM

i cant open task manager using CTR+ALT_Shift. I just scaned with Malwarebytes and it found 2 items infected. I removed them, then RUN gpedit and hta Ctl+shift+Alt was set at Unconfigure,but i still CANT open tasmngr using the keys,Note: i can open it by right click on the clock, i appreciate any help you can give me

Jaime
February 1, 2010 9:43 AM

Task Manager will NEVER open with CTR+ALT+Shift. The key combination is CTR+ALT+DEL!

L McKinley
February 3, 2010 5:29 AM

My Start button and Windows taskbar doesn't show on my screen, all my icons are gone. When I press CTR+ALT+DEL is indicates "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator." How can I follow the steps above if I can't even get to the Start menu or clock in the Windows taskbar? I have Windows XP.

jacob
February 3, 2010 9:33 AM

I have the same problems as L McKinley with xp pro. If i open in safe mode and click on the administratior is says loading settings and then goes right into saving settings. If i open normally i get just desktop background. Is there a way to get into safe mode so i can try some of these options?

Adam
February 3, 2010 11:40 PM

Well that makes at least 3 of us. I also have the same problem. No task manage, no icons no start menu. Just a blank background screen. What more, I can't boot into safe mode or any other mode for that mater other than normal boot or last good boot.
just before this happened I got a system will shut down message on the screen. then on the reboot all was gone. please help thank adam

Matt
February 10, 2010 6:21 AM

Thanks a lot! This really, really helped, I've been wondering how to do this for months, thanks!

TheKid
February 10, 2010 8:18 AM

to the last few people who can't get to the desktop, you need a remote reg editor on a bootable cd, and go to HKLM\software\microsoft\windowsNT\currentVersion\winlogon and find the Userinit value, make sure it says C:\windows\system32\userinit, and that it is there in the system32 directory

Johne
February 13, 2010 12:52 AM

i had the same problem, my task manager and registry editor is disabled by the virus. And I cant scan my computer because the virus is preventing my anti virus from running and also i cant open my gpedit.msc because there's an error prompt "mmc.exe Unable to locate component and msimg32.dll missing". Please someone help me tnx

You probably want this article: How do I remove a virus?
Leo
13-Feb-2010

tanesha
February 13, 2010 4:07 PM

i am having the same issue. task manager was disable by a virus. but i cannot seem to get to the registry editor to fix the problem. i found regedit.exe on my computer, but it asks me what program do i want to use to open it. it does not automatically open. how do i get pass this. please help. by the way i am using windows xp home on my acer netbook.

Ken
February 14, 2010 10:28 AM

The above process fixed my task manager. I had a virus and Anti-virus took care of it but also gave me all kinds of registry problems, this was one of them. Thank you for the info!!!

kasi
February 15, 2010 12:16 PM

Dear Sir,
Greetings.

I am sending this mail from another computer.


I am an unemployed science graduate and spend my time at home using my PC.

Earlier my pc was affected by trogen fake... and cleared it through online windows scan system.

Now my pc has been infected with trogen.vundo. I am not able to access internet to scan my system again. The task manager has been disabled. Kindly help me to fix it.

Thank you,
kasi

Download updated anti virus software (like malwarebytes.org) using another compter, and copy it to the infected one to run it. Also: How do I remove a virus?
Leo
16-Feb-2010

Gary
February 16, 2010 12:46 PM

i dont have windows xp. but when i looked for system in the policies i couldnt find it. only explorer was there. please help.

CJ
February 16, 2010 6:04 PM

Thanks for the detailed instruction. I fixed this problem in less then 2 minutes.

BMB
February 17, 2010 4:24 PM

There's a site that tells you what to type in if you don't have XP Pro, instead of doing it manually. http://www.pchell.com/support/taskmanagerdisabled.shtml . Or, if you just want the command to type into Start, Run, it's: REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f


...that did it for me automatically! :)

Shiela Schick
February 17, 2010 4:27 PM

I did everything and the task manager is still not working. I need to download Internet Security and it will not let me until I disable Micorsoft outlook.

Bill Olson
February 18, 2010 2:01 PM

Thanks, got rid of the virus/trojan by myself, didn't know how to get task mgr back. thanks again!

Elliot
February 21, 2010 11:00 AM

Hi i had a virus a really bad one this helped me alot very easy to do.

patty r
February 21, 2010 7:54 PM

Thank you so much, went through these steps, cleaned my computer and my task manager is back. Thanks a lot!

sunder
February 24, 2010 8:46 AM

REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
(Paste above in run)this is faster.Thanks.

Beth T
March 3, 2010 6:52 PM

My laptop got several viruses after I finally found software to delete them my task manager was disabled. I found your instructions and was somewhat afraid to make changes to the registry, but your instruction was simple to follow. I now have my task manager back...thanks for your help!

ROHIT
March 4, 2010 12:12 PM

OMG , thankyou , u r soo helpful , but when i went to run and typed gpedit.msx NTN HAPPND its said dat its rong , but den i saw d comments and in one of the comments posted by sunder on feb 24 , i just copy pasted it so thanx ALL :D
love u guys :D

Engr Zubair Pakistan
March 4, 2010 11:47 PM

this article extremely helped me.
thanks this website.
a lot of thanks and appreciation.
i salute u poeple who help the humanity.

Engr Zubair Shabbir
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shantanu
March 5, 2010 12:50 AM

how enble for folder options

Serra
March 5, 2010 1:27 AM

Worked great, did a google search and found you! Thanks!

shreekant
March 9, 2010 7:22 PM

gpedit method is not working in xp, is there any other way to restore

Sharisse Darlin' M. Secong
March 10, 2010 5:56 AM

Thanks for that do-your-own instructions! Now my task manager is enabled. I had it disabled months ago. And I believed that it was caused by a virus. Well, if its really caused by one,, ive run the complete scan and I did what the instructions told me so.. thanks for your help.

Des
March 11, 2010 4:45 PM

Thanks for your clear instructions; they were very helpful. PCSecurity had disabled Taskmgr.exe.

Bajapirate
March 12, 2010 6:35 PM

Another cause might be spyware, and sometimes it is not detected by the antivirus software. There are many freeware spyware removers that will do the job for you. Hope that this is of help

Gareth
March 22, 2010 9:57 AM

Hey guys I am not computer literate at all, and i have had some form of Trojan virus, not sure where it came from or how but lots of files seems to have been erased or moved, i've looked at a few forums tried a few things and probably made it worse. Alos my task manager has vanished so i can't see what is going on it says Windows cannot find 'C:\windows\system32\taskmgr.exe please make sure you typed it correctly, and then try again

Jennifer
March 22, 2010 6:18 PM

thank you soo much for your instructions. They were soo easy and right to the point and the visuals helped alot!

Gary Magnus
March 23, 2010 2:46 PM

I've tried every fix on every site but task manager will not come up with alt-ctrl-del or right click. There is no error message it just does not come up. Have run mcafee, adaware and antimalware many times and the system is clean as far as I can tell. I'm not on a group so the above fix is not applicable. Gary

NATE HART
March 26, 2010 7:56 AM

I HAD THE CLASSIC TASK MANAGER DISABLED BY ADMIN ON OR ABOUT 3.20.10 DUE TO SOME TYPE MALWARE INVASION ON MY XP HOME EDITION AND MICROSOFT ESSENTIALS MY MAIN PROTECTION AFTER 2 TRIES DID NOT FIND AND OR REMOVE THEM NOR REST THE TASK MANAGER.
HOWEVER ... THE FREE WWW.MALWAREBYTES.ORG ... FOUND 21 BAD GUYS THAT ESSENTIALS MISSED AND DID CURE THE PROBLEM AND IT RESET THE TASK MANAGER AFTER 1 ....FULL SCAN....
THANKS MALWAREBYTES........!

mike
March 27, 2010 5:41 PM

thanks this help very much thanks alot

Shona
March 29, 2010 2:01 PM

Thank you SO much for this! I had a trojan horse a while ago and although I got rid of it (and continue to run 3 different anti virus programmes like a person possessed) I didn't know how to resolve this problem - which started the day of the virus. Phew! Thanks again.

Marthin
April 2, 2010 12:53 AM

Yes, I have the problem that you are discussing about and I have absolutley no idea how i got the virus. I, myself am Admin, and i've checked the other admin accnts and TaskManager still works. I'm running MalwareBytes Right now and AVG at the same time and its been ten min. with nothing to show ofr. i cannot access the task manager in anyway and wondows cirus protection says its using my email to send spam? And things just keep popping up. I really need help! I cannot do any of the gpedit or regedit, it will not allow me to. it says disabled by admin. PLEASE HELP. ANYONE! please email me back! please and thank you! And i DID read the article!

Irvin
April 4, 2010 10:01 PM

Hello,

I am surfing the net and found this site with active help.

I had to 2 problem, 1 is related above and the other I cannot access the registry.

Is the solution presented can fix also the problem that disable the access of the registry?

Your help is much appreciated.

Thanks and advance.

Erik B
April 7, 2010 3:23 AM

Thank you so much.
One wonders why Microsoft has this option in the first place... of course Trojans will use it!!

But what if... ew, nasty thought... regedit is disabled, like Marthin described last week?

It seems like Windows is designed to offer external parties total control of one's computer, leaving the owner helpless in the end, if such weaknesses continue to be discovered by trojan creators...

Those options are there primarily for corporate IT departments to be able to control the configuration and operation of PCs in a large managed environment.
Leo
07-Apr-2010

kenn
April 7, 2010 1:27 PM

i can't open that regedit. that says registry is disabled by your administrator!

Mehdi
April 8, 2010 4:08 PM

thank you very much indeed to visit such helpful place, i have a problem with my task manager, my task manger is NOT greyed out, but i can not take it to run, in fact i click on it but ther is no sign to have it seen on the windows. woulp please help me to know what to do?!!
i appreciate your tasks beforehand.

jiten
April 12, 2010 7:18 PM

sir my pc's administrator is diseble
may be posible virus in my computer.......

zeeshan siddiqui
April 14, 2010 2:30 PM

sir my registry and task manager is also disable kindly give me a favour to resolve this problem

satinder singh
April 21, 2010 3:38 AM

hi sir,
a problem was created by attacking a virus on my laptop. only wallpaper appears, every icon is totally disappeared. wheni tried to solve by ctrl+alt+del, a box appears( task manager is diabled by your administater) what shld i do now. no working, can i save my imp. data or not? plz solvbe my prob.no anti virus run for scan coz no icon and sign appears.email me if possible.
thanx
satinder singh

Aaron Bublitz
April 21, 2010 8:05 PM

i can't open that regedit. that says registry is disabled by your administrator!
Posted by: kenn at April 7, 2010 1:27 PM

This can be fixed by either logging on as an admin, or create a VB Script to delete or modify the reg key (this should circumvent the admin policy) yes scary that it can be done so easily.

Aaron Bublitz
April 21, 2010 8:07 PM

hi sir,
a problem was created by attacking a virus on my laptop. only wallpaper appears, every icon is totally disappeared. wheni tried to solve by ctrl+alt+del, a box appears( task manager is diabled by your administater) what shld i do now. no working, can i save my imp. data or not? plz solvbe my prob.no anti virus run for scan coz no icon and sign appears.email me if possible.
thanx
satinder singh
Posted by: satinder singh at April 21, 2010 3:38 AM

--- this sounds like the "blune" virus that hit a few companies about 6 months ago.

Isiah
April 22, 2010 8:46 AM

i have a same problem like this. i already do what you post in this. but the problem is when i refresh or restart the pc it will go back again and i cannot access again the task manager. what should i do? pls email me thank you very much..

You still have an underlying malware infection. Clear the infection and the problem should not automatically reappear.
Leo
23-Apr-2010

WhiteSites
April 27, 2010 1:22 PM

Leo, Thanks for the great article. I got taskmanger back now its time for a virus scan. Thank you so much!

rebecca heitzmann
April 30, 2010 7:04 PM

i have downloaded two things to fix this problem and i still can't figure it out. i have tried to do everything you have told me to do. i also can't right click on my desktop. or change my properties which means i also cannot get to my desktop icons because i made them invisible just before this happend. please help me i'm at wits end

Greg
May 2, 2010 10:48 PM

I cant find the gpedit.msc. Btw, im using windows7.

Mujahid
May 7, 2010 6:30 AM

I have got windows xp and have tried service.msc, gpedit.msc in Run window and regidit is not working in Run window..

ryan
May 7, 2010 3:53 PM

hi i think its a virus causing this problem for me iv done many vchecks and deleted quite a few trojans could you recommend what av program would be best to get rid of this problem many thanks

kevin
May 7, 2010 4:47 PM

thanks a bunch mate!
i used this with windows vista home premium and it worked flawlessly
now its time to get an anti virus

Paven
May 10, 2010 9:24 PM

Thanks For This. But I have to Select -> Remove Task Manager (Disable) Option For to Get Task Manager. Not Configured Option Not Deliver The Task Manager Application Why?

Kathy
May 13, 2010 6:23 PM

I downloaded Super AntiSpyware, ran a scan and it found it instantly and got rid of it. I've found Super AntiSpyware has found viruses that Norton couldn't even find. Awesome program!

KANISHK KUMAR
May 14, 2010 7:10 AM

When I did the thing in gpedit.msc its still not working & when i type "regedit" in RUN it says that "Registry Editing has been disabled by your Administrator" What should I do? PLEASE help.

al gore
May 18, 2010 8:06 AM

Thanks!

i remember coming across this quite a while ago as i am part of the IT department where i work but forgot where it hides.

my only issue with this is that even if you have XP pro you may still need to just do the regedit fix as it was already set as not configured.

also for anyone who is used to windows, instead of manually cliking your way through the tangled mess that is the regrestry, remember that the find command still works so you are able to type ctrl + F and then type in disabletask and hit search and it will lead you right there =D

hash
May 23, 2010 9:28 PM

umm hey, neither of those methods are working on my computer. why might that be so?

Challz
May 24, 2010 5:17 PM

Hi. The 'Not configured' did not work for me. I used 'Disabled' and every thing worked fine..
Either way my problem was solved. Thanx!

Josua Liuga Suiramo
May 25, 2010 4:22 PM

tell me when task manager can be disable what actually cause it. How you splve that problem.
Also when i run safe using F8 it starts nicely but suddenly collapse. Could you help me to solve it and what cause it

pammie
May 29, 2010 9:49 AM

OMG THANK YOU! god! this helped so much!

nirmal
May 30, 2010 1:28 PM

i do all what leo said but my computer is windows xp and it dont support my computer. suggest me too how is it possible for my computer.

Foxx
May 30, 2010 1:46 PM

Thank you very much it helped me ! Works on win7 too

Kevin
May 30, 2010 11:47 PM

I did not find the alt + ctrl + del option??
http://ask-leo.com/why_is_my_task_manager_disabled_and_how_do_i_fix_it.html
I referred to this page..

Jerry
June 3, 2010 8:05 PM

For XP users, You recommended to manually change the registry by following

-HKEY_CURRENT_USER
-Software
-Microsoft
-Windows
-CurrentVersion
-Policies
-System

...then deleting "Disable Task Manager".
However...I can only follow up to "CurrentVersion"."internet options" is the only option available and I do not see "policies" or "system" afterwards.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Aaryan
June 7, 2010 8:42 AM

that really worked.......
but i wanna ask one thing the VIRUS vich affctd my Computer Is dat VERY SCARY 1...???????

koriks
June 10, 2010 9:02 AM

crt+alt+del still did not function even after I deleted DisableTaskMgr.

INDONESIA - CIMAHI H20
June 10, 2010 11:10 AM

MY TASK MANAGER IS BACK !!!!!!!! THANK YOU

Khaled
June 12, 2010 7:42 AM

My tas k managaer was back but then it had gone and i don`t know what should i do

povilas
June 13, 2010 1:29 AM

Thanks for hellping me. Now things going right on my pc!!

udai
June 17, 2010 2:49 AM

i think my task manager has been disabled as it is managed by centralized policy.
but all this was very helpful.

prasad
June 27, 2010 12:01 AM

very nice
solved my problem

Irfan
June 27, 2010 3:18 AM

Awesome ! Thank you Leo ! Really helpful.

GILBERT
June 28, 2010 11:19 PM

yes my task manager do not work anymore i did all you say nothing say he been disabled by manager i did get a virus all clear that what say the antivirus anywhere i try all still not working
huhuhuuhuhuhuh i dont want too reformat
many thanks
GILBERT

anwoyy
June 29, 2010 11:38 AM

i have read the steps but in the registry the system folder is missing......so what shall i do now???....thanks in advance.....

ti atia
June 29, 2010 12:42 PM

i type regedit in run..but i didnt appear as in the picture you posted up....the registry editor didnt appear but what appear instead is only a notepad with some [edited] inside and a hell lot of symbols that i dont understand...nothing like what you posted....sorry

Nijo
July 3, 2010 9:31 AM

It may be the case that the Group policy editor does NOT show 'Enabled' but 'Not configured'. To fix the problem, you set it to 'Enabled' (click OK) and then set it to 'Not configured'.

That worked for me after having the ominous Auth32.exe doing popups that someone is accessing my computer.

To remove the file, I started in safe mode, opened a command prompt and renamed all exe files in the temp directory to filename.bak

Nijo
July 3, 2010 9:33 AM

not 'auth32.exe' but 'AUTMGR32.exe' sorry for the mixup.

Mike
July 6, 2010 12:05 PM

Tried it as described above and the group policy editor shows 'not configured' but there is a DisableTskMgr item in the registy editor and it is impossible to get rid of...it reappears instantly again after removal. What to do..?

Nawfal
July 7, 2010 3:56 AM

OMG... thank you very much... its been weeks since Task Manager was Enabled, whenever something freezes, I could not get rid of it. This means a lot.. thanx

william diehl
July 11, 2010 9:44 AM

I have followed the steps in turn but no item "Disable TaskMgr" shows in the window. That is as far as I can get. I have Windows XP.

Seba
July 17, 2010 1:51 PM

thx a lot ... i had this problem and i didn't know how to fix it ... THX

Mobeen
July 19, 2010 1:39 PM

For many people I have found out that if their task manager has been disabled most likely by a virus, the regedit has also been disabled, if this is your case do a system restore to a few days back, I did it and it worked as the restore points save registry settings

The article does point out that this is most likely due to a virus, and that you should start by ensuring you're virus free. Your approach can sometimes work, but in all honesty once infected you never really know that you're clean. More here: How do I remove a virus?
Leo
20-Jul-2010

joshua
July 29, 2010 6:22 AM

My task manager came back but disabled immediately, there is an autorun that does that how do I delete this autorun since I cant boot the comp in safe mode. is there anyway I can stop explorer.exe to enable me delete the autorun.

If it disabled again immediately then you are still infected with the malware that started this whole thing. Get your machine clean of malware first.
Leo
29-Jul-2010

memo
August 1, 2010 1:40 AM

I used all the options that you mintioned but all the tries failed so do I have a virus? And please if you don't mind help me fix my laptop by answering my questions...
Thanx..

Yes, as stated in the article you likely have a virus. You'll need to get rid of it first in order to resolve this issue. Search the site for "how to remove virus" and you'll see several articles on the topic.
Leo
01-Aug-2010

kosay
August 3, 2010 7:26 AM

You can use RRT to enable task manger and regedit and other automaticaly

Waqar Mushtaq
August 11, 2010 4:32 AM

Running these two commands from the command prompt would solve the problem. Additionally, you may paste these lines into a notepad and save it as a batch file on desktop, then just running the batch file you remove restrictions on Task Manager and Registry Editor:
REG ADD HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\POLICIES\SYSTEM /V "DisableTaskmgr" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

REG ADD HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\POLICIES\SYSTEM /V "DisableRegistryTools" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Mark
August 13, 2010 4:58 PM

Right clicked on clock and Task Manager was not grayed out, but still could not access. Followed regedit instructructions, but file mentioned was not present.

Must be a more sophisticated bug.

aasif
August 23, 2010 3:42 AM

even after doing so ...task manager is not available

Geoffrey
September 6, 2010 12:27 AM

Waqar Mushtaq's suggestion: running REG ADD from a command promt worked perfectly for me. The methods in the article above failed to work, tho.

Col. Dr. Suprakash Chaudhury
September 10, 2010 10:44 PM

Thank You so much I almost had a heart attack when I got that error message.

Sharon
September 11, 2010 9:51 PM

the above article did not help...

rabie
September 19, 2010 4:28 PM

fond a way to reactivate
go to start --- run and use 'copy & past' this line:
REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

geeta
September 27, 2010 8:30 AM

my taskmanager is not working it bared by admin. an my anti virus is not workng . my all desktop icon converted shortcut. by virus . my pc atotally affected from virus. pls help me.

Jorge
October 2, 2010 8:58 PM

My task manager will not work either. But, my problem is that any .exe file will just close when I use it. I can't even use the Run command prompt to format my C drive. I used google to find a solution and still have nothing. Please help.

Nasir
October 10, 2010 2:26 AM

It didnt work for me. I am using Win XP Pro.
I can only see "Windows Components" under "Administrative Templates".
I also tried to delete "Disable TaskMgr" but it gives me an error "Unable to delete all specified values"
I would really appreciate further advice.

Tnt
October 29, 2010 10:28 AM

1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. Type taskmgr.exe.
3. Hold down CTRL+ALT+SHIFT at the same time, and while holding them down press ENTER.

Works....!

Sikandar
October 30, 2010 3:44 AM

hi.... first step is working (gpedit.msc is complete)
but 2nd step (regedit is not working) infect his not running by run process ...
what m i ????

Chris.F.Egan
November 2, 2010 12:04 AM

This worked.
I ran a full scan (10 hours) and now all is well.
I have a new microsoft keyboard.
I am a fumbling old man, I drop things, I recently dropped a stapler on the ScrnLk key and was suitably amazed by the result.
I may have hit Win+L with the telephone receiver
Who knows? anyway many thanks.

jafri
November 13, 2010 3:35 AM

halo..i also have the problem about my task manager is disable..i'm already follow your advised...but, the (CTRL+ALT+DEL) is not showing in my system ( group policy)..how to fix it ?

Rajeev
December 2, 2010 8:07 AM

Hey...I am facing the problem of 'Task Manager is disabled by administrator'. I tried your solution and followed the steps given above. it didn't worked out unfortunately. I have windows xp installed on my laptop. When i tried regedit...it displays that registry edit has been disabled by administrator...this is pestering me ..can you pls help me out of this issue? disabled.

Blackjt222
December 7, 2010 7:43 PM

Everybody who is saying that registry editing was also disabled by your administrator. Search up how to fix that. Then when you fix it. And when you find disable task manager and disable registory editing delete both of them and they will work fine.

Aram
December 12, 2010 5:04 AM

i have the problem of "task manager disabled"
and also "registery edit" disabled ,so i can not reach or edit the registery
Also the (CTRL+ALT+DEL) is not showing in my system ( group policy)...
How can i fix this big problems.?
Thanks

Tonya Henderson
December 18, 2010 1:37 PM

Thank you so much! I had a virus and after updating my Antivirus software and running a scan, my Task Manager was still disabled. I followed your steps for non XP users (I have Vista) and all is perfect now. I am much grateful for your guidance.

waqar
December 25, 2010 6:03 AM

Hey...I am facing the problem of 'Task Manager is disabled by administrator'. I tried your solution and followed the steps given above. it didn't worked out unfortunately. I have windows xp installed on my Dell Cpu. When i tried regedit...it displays that registry edit has been disabled by administrator...this is pestering me ..can you pls help me out of this issue? disabled.

This scenario most commonly happens because you have a malware infection of some sort. This article applies: How do I remove a virus if it prevents me from download or installing anything?
Leo
25-Dec-2010

Amit
December 25, 2010 11:28 PM

it works on Windows 7 too....

Just do the regedit part and it works !!

SIMPLE AND EASY :)

Thanks !!!

Arun
January 4, 2011 9:45 PM

Hi I am using windows 7 and i got the same problem. I cannot open the regedit also.. It is also disabled... Can you help me to overcome with this problem..

Shahija
January 25, 2011 6:16 AM

I tried to run gedit.msc but it doesn't work. I have Windows XP Pro 2002 SP 3.Also I can't run regedit. My Mcfee shows disabled too..Pls help to solve my problem


alamgir
February 2, 2011 7:20 PM

thanks for your nice help. i could this by gpedit.msc but regedit is locked by administrator. now what can i do?

tim
February 6, 2011 5:30 AM

thanks so much, i tried the regedit on my windows 7 and it worked.....I have been battling with this problem for a while now,but now am free.Once again thanks alot.

Devang Nagda
February 8, 2011 7:01 AM

I tried Then also it didn't worked
I need to restart pc or what?

Naeem 3005473068
February 10, 2011 12:53 AM

for disable regedit please copy this and past in run and ok

REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0

And then press y and ok

Muhammad Ali
February 17, 2011 4:59 AM

Thank you very very much for this solution. I really appreciate.
Take Care

pao vang
February 22, 2011 10:14 AM

a very big thank guy! this very work, keep up with the good work

I really appreciated it.!!!!!

Hamza
March 8, 2011 10:26 AM

Thanks for providing this, it really worked out. :)

AA
March 18, 2011 10:35 AM

This didnt work on my comp... still cant access my task manager?!

Vik-Tum
March 21, 2011 2:45 AM

I know I did not disable my task bar and It is true that I was tricked into running an exe file that I downloaded from online. It did not seem to do anything when I ran it except that I got a message saying it did not install properly. I am pretty sure it planted virus. Can you tell me how dangerous is this virus?? I seems to have made my computer running slow and some of the basic functionality is lost (after the attack). I am running the scan as we speak but it is taking too long to finish the scan (this is not normal)

There's no way to know, and it's never OK to think that any virus is "safe". How do I remove a virus?
Leo
23-Mar-2011

Gary
April 6, 2011 8:43 PM

THANK YOU! It worked like a charm thanks thanks thanks! :)

dj_punit
April 7, 2011 1:05 AM

i was trying this from 2 years all softwares , antivirus i have used but none of them get succeed Download EnableRegEdit.vbs only in one click i have solved my problem...now both working task manager and registry ....
1KB OF SOFTWARE AND IN 1SEC PROBLEM SOLVED ....

Robert
April 16, 2011 6:28 PM

I am having almost the same problem, but when I right click my clock Task Manager is not grayed out, I simply get a window called ' Local Area Connection ', which I can only close by hitting Esc. I have Win XP Pro, sp3, have ran scans for viruses and malware, all of which come back normal. I will try the ideas posted above to see how it goes, but at this point I'm not too hopeful. Very frustrating. Oh, I just started using Norton Security Suite as it is a freebie thru my ISP, and it's scans also come back negative. Any idea why this may be happening ? Strangest thing I've seen yet.
Thanks Leo.

If you're getting "Local Area Connection" you're clicking on the network icon, not the clock. Try clicking further right.
Leo
17-Apr-2011

Robert
April 16, 2011 10:54 PM

I feel like such a dunce..lol..my Task Manager was running in 'small footprint mode', I cannot believe I didn't think of this first, boy is my face red !! :-)

Robert
April 19, 2011 8:10 PM

"I am having almost the same problem, but when I right click my clock Task Manager is not grayed out,".....I apologize for the confusion right there, I should have ended that sentence with a period, not a comma. Like I said in my original post, Task Manager is not grayed out.

Thank you.

Paul Cheng
April 25, 2011 9:38 AM

Was disabled by a virus through an incoming email. I'll try if the procedure here can correct the situation.
THX a Million

Ash77
April 29, 2011 8:28 AM

Hello leo.

I dont see my task manager even i tried the steps u showed , in administrative templates i clicked on the system but i dont see Ctrl+alt+del option in the system settings, i see user profiles, scripts , logons etc and i think my computer is effected with harmful viruses and when i try to start in safe mood it doesn't allow me to do so and when ipress to start in safe mode and it again takes u back at those five op tions to start in safemode, safe mode with networking etc..And my monitor turned yellow, and it displays a message saying self diagnostic, no signal , check signal cable..And yes i tried to run malware bytes software and i performed full scan but it found around 130 virues and i downloaded avast too but its not allowing me to run...pleasee help. I know u will help for sure..
Thanks in advance :)

Rajesh
April 30, 2011 12:40 AM

Thanks that was a useful one..my Tsk mgr is fine now

Martin Andazola
May 2, 2011 8:41 PM

Follow Leo's advice on Group Policy Editor, you may have to expand all the folders to find the right locale to edit. Then use his second help and do the Eidt on the Registry:

Click Start, then click Run, type in regedit, and click on OK.

Expand these registry keys in turn:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Software
Microsoft
Windows
CurrentVersion
Policies
System

It worked for me. I was hit tonight with some Anti-Virus Software thing. I tried my Windows XP System Restore, but it refused to change anything. I used Search and Destroy to hunt the locale in the Documents and Setting folder on C: drive. I renamed the files and threw them into my !Killbox folder. The System Restore attempt re-started the system, so the files could be deleted from !Killbox folder. There was a .dll in the Windows\Temp directory that needed to be renamed and deleted too. Leo's advice here, worked to restore my Task Manager function. Leo Rocks!

Anony
May 3, 2011 5:58 AM

THANK YOU!!!!!
It finally works again & this was the simplest thing to follow in order to fix it. Thank you thank you so much!!! :D

Bobbi
May 27, 2011 9:08 PM

Hi I tried to go through Group Policy Editor and expand all the folders and system wasn't even there I am out of options please help

LaVonne Wibbens
May 30, 2011 10:38 AM

Perfect solution and easy to follow.
Thank you so much for showing me how to solve this problem

doggi
May 31, 2011 1:15 AM

i didnt find tht option ctrl+alt+del
tell me wat to do now?

Tom
June 4, 2011 5:21 PM

Thanks so much Leo. Your solution to my problem worked beautifully, although there was a slight difference from your directions.

I do have Windows XP Professional (thankfully), so I was able to run 'gpedit.msc' from the Start menu (by the way, people shoud be sure not to type the colon (:) at the end of gpedit.msc, when I did this at first, I just got an error msg). When I followed the directory to Ctrl+Alt+Del Options, the Remove Task Manager setting was still set to Not Configured. So when I opened this option, I just changed it to Disabled. After that, my Task Manager was accessible again.

Thanks again!

Tom

JP
June 10, 2011 10:39 AM

Fantastic solution. I use windows 7 and the regedit solution works perfectly!

Derrick
July 1, 2011 8:04 PM

Thank you...worked like a charm and easy to follow...

Tank
July 2, 2011 8:09 AM

I searched gpedit.msc, and nothing came up

Jerry
July 6, 2011 4:55 PM

It doesn't work for me. I mean when I disabled the settings in gpedit.msc it works. But when I close the editor, I can't use the Task manager again.

I tried to open the regedit but same message I get. It was disabled by the administrator. What's going wrong with my computer then? I need help. Thanks!

Well, best I can offer is that as outlined in the article the problem is typically due to malware, so my recommendation would be to scrub your machine with scans using your anti-virus and anti-spyware tools, consider running malwarebytes.org's free tool, and perhaps the Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper.
Leo
07-Jul-2011

Dante Estrella
July 14, 2011 6:16 AM

This article was very helpful, especially for the non-techy persons jut like myself.

RV
August 3, 2011 1:21 AM

thanks. 2nd option worked for me.

Zim
August 23, 2011 6:13 AM

Worked perfect!! :D For me, the virus disabled the task manager!!

frank
September 2, 2011 4:33 AM

thanks for helping me to enable my registry editor and my task manager

trisha
September 28, 2011 9:25 AM

im going to try this, last time i tryed to double click on the side of the task managern like someone told me online, and it didnt work,so please email and give me instructions on this problem,ty im new at all of this,so ty

Adem
September 28, 2011 11:33 AM

Thank you veryyyy much!!! This worked perfectly.

Ednar
September 28, 2011 7:59 PM

thanks, the 1st option worked for my computer.

Steven
October 13, 2011 3:03 AM

THANKS! followed the registry key address thingy for the DisableTaskManager.. stupid virus even disabled my RegistryTools. i had to use cmd > reg delete. :D

Aldhi
October 24, 2011 9:01 AM

Dude, you are really awesome
It works perfectly...
I would recommend this to my friends...

pritesh
October 24, 2011 10:06 PM

thnke u very much....its working

Emran
October 30, 2011 12:00 AM

please Help !! when i try to open "regedit" it says
" registry editing has been disable by your computer" ??
help?

Mark J
October 30, 2011 1:53 AM

@Emran
When the Regedit is disabled, it is often a symptom of a virus. Here's an article on Ask Leo dealing with virus removal.

http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_recover_from_a_bad_virus_infection.html

Sohan
October 31, 2011 1:26 AM

thnk u very much..one thing i want to mention here for those who cant access their registry options also..visit -- http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/156/1/Error-Registry-editing-has-been-disabled-by-your-administrator-when-you-open-the-Registry-Editor-in-Windows-Vista.html ..

Danny
November 1, 2011 8:52 PM

Great advice! My task manager is working again!

Keith Crawford
November 6, 2011 3:11 PM

I couldn't find "policies" in the string initially, then it appeared out of nowhere ?? I've got the Task Manager back..Thanks..

Tarek N.
November 14, 2011 7:35 AM

Thanks a lot .. that really helped.

bing
November 21, 2011 6:39 PM

Thanks! it works! but what I did was to do/execute both in group policy and regedit...

Allen Drennen
November 23, 2011 10:06 PM

Please, help me. I can now open task manager, but when I open it, it just scrolls through my processes really fast and they disappear. I need help, as I need to use my task manager.

meisnam mani meitei
December 6, 2011 1:55 AM

thnx my task manager is enabel now

K.Mithunshan
December 14, 2011 10:42 PM

Thank you so much sir Leo..............
You really helped me solve out this problem.

Revant
December 21, 2011 1:33 AM

thnxx a lot......my task manager is working now......

ajoy dutta chowdhury
December 24, 2011 4:44 PM

Same problem is occured while opening the task manager, In my computer Anti Virus scaning is not being performed and virus prevent any set up operation. Is is be cleaned by registry cleaner software. please advice me.

I'm not sure how registry cleaning factors in - I'm against registry cleaning in general. I'd have you try this: Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper - Clean malware from your machine
Leo
25-Dec-2011
Rich
January 1, 2012 11:35 AM

Thanks!!!
(In XP Pro I had to select "Diasbled" - selecting "Not Configured" did not work).
All is fine now.
*** Thanks again!!! ***

Sam
February 5, 2012 12:19 PM

Brilliant,extremely helpful! Thanks

Areeb
February 10, 2012 12:40 AM

Thank you very much leo...... you're genius! :)

rene m. castanos
February 13, 2012 11:08 PM

hi. i just want to share to you my 'findings' regarding disabling the task manager. i was trying to disable task manager on a winxp pro sp3. i kept doing the routine of disabling task manager but never succeeded. i did all the tricks and even downloaded a program that 'disables' task manager, nothing worked. i'm guessing it's the OS (since it's not genuine and has been tampered/customized if you will). i just want to share this thought. but if you have ideas about this i'd appreciate it if you can share it with me. thanks.

Dean
February 17, 2012 8:54 PM

Leo, this worked a treat. I am so happy with MSE. The best part is that it was free.
All I can say now is that your the {expletive deleted} bro. This will now be my first point of contact when my computer behaves strangely. Thanks heaps.

Bob LLoyd
February 29, 2012 11:49 AM

had to use regedit and search for "disabletaskmgr". It seems the virus or whatever prevented many sections of the registry from appearing. Solved the problem though - excelent advice from Leo. Sure to be using "ask-leo" much more often.

Flamethehedgehog
March 5, 2012 4:48 PM

Nice.i think i downloaded a virus because whenever I go to my login a program called MDCSD or somthing ask's if i want to run it
and thats proably why

Shakib Shikto
March 8, 2012 5:09 AM

thank you mann.....
we can survive with our computer for you geniuses...
live long.... :D

Rahul Deshmukh
March 20, 2012 6:28 AM

Thank you.. it works....

Rose
March 21, 2012 4:57 AM

Thank you for your post leo. I do have the same problem but I am using windows 7 home premium and cannot find the gedit.msc. Please help me

Mark J
March 21, 2012 11:37 AM

@Rose
the command is gpedit.msc, as in Group Policy Editor.

aric
March 21, 2012 6:01 PM

thank you so much!

i was so freaked out

George
April 3, 2012 9:17 AM

Go to Start->Settings->Control Panel->Adminstrative Tools->Services

Then locate in the list of services "Windows Audio". Open this service

If this service is showing with a Startup type set to Disabled then Select "Automatic" from the drop down list then hit apply. Then click the "Start" button.

If this service is showing with a Startup type set to Manual then Select "Automatic" from the drop down list then hit apply. Then click the "Start" button.

Next Go to Start->Settings->Control Panel->Sounds and Audio Devices then select the Volume Tab then put a tick in the box marked "Place Volume Icon in the Task Bar" then click apply.

With a bit of luck and following wind you should now have your sound restored.

Good luck

john
April 13, 2012 12:08 AM

Thx Man, on win7 all you need 2 do is enable the task manager here: gpedit.msc thats all... but thx again!!

Damien
May 12, 2012 4:51 AM

Thank you for your helpful expertise and knowledge. Problem solved.

Carla
May 21, 2012 9:56 AM

Thank you, Leo. You offered a quick and easy fix and my task manager is now available.

Gaurav Rochani
July 4, 2012 8:40 AM

It worked.... thank a ton .....u e awesome :)

Ronald
July 12, 2012 11:53 AM

Thanks a lot, I've learned from you.

Martijn
July 20, 2012 4:15 PM

Thank you!
I was already 2 days infected..


THANKS!

JM
July 21, 2012 1:43 PM

Problem solved

JM
July 21, 2012 1:48 PM

Thank You

draco
July 25, 2012 4:07 AM

You, ARE AWESOME....man I've been trying to fix it by myself for 3 weeks...then I decided to search for you, and fixed in 5 min :)

alofoje itua
July 26, 2012 2:35 AM

Thanks alot, it worked for me, u are the best

Valdy_INA
August 8, 2012 8:47 PM

great information Man...
Thankz alot....
Go for Indonesia....

Dave
September 17, 2012 6:11 AM

That was a breeze ... Great Help .. Thanks Leo!!

Bijoykumar
October 12, 2012 8:40 AM

I have windows 7 64 bit on my Asus laptop.When i run regedit it displays that registry editor has been disabled by administrator.when i select task manager it suddenly disappears. please help me

dr.Shady
October 27, 2012 7:08 AM

Thanx Alooot
Y r fantastic
thanks again and again and again for your simple and easy help
god bless you

thanks a lot :)
November 9, 2012 9:46 AM

thanks for your help.. really appreciate

Fuzzx4
January 14, 2013 9:29 AM

Thnks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Loretta
February 7, 2013 4:44 AM

I have done what you have said and nothing works.I have windows xp my task manager is just not on my pc ,it is grayed out and it is not listed on my registry editor is . I do not have a virus as my bell aliant security is run every night. Is there anything else I can try thank you

RG
February 7, 2013 7:42 PM

Your directions are exact and explicit. Thank you for precise directions.

sazz
March 13, 2013 6:40 AM

nice ....its workd .

thks leo

lokesh Jain
March 20, 2013 11:15 PM

I have same problem my task manage and registry editor is not display. I install fresh window but same problem occured. Please provide the permanent solution for that.

Thanx and regards
Lokesh Jain

Mark J
March 21, 2013 1:03 PM

@Lokesh
As the article says, it's very likely you have a virus. I'd recommend running a couple of antimalware programs like Microsoft Security Essentials and MalWareBytes anti-malware.
What Security Software do you recommend?

Freyder
March 30, 2013 12:02 AM

Thx i really got scared when i saw this because it didn't happen before...anyway it helped a lot, i owe you one ;)

Cross
March 30, 2013 10:07 AM

I deleted my old account on my computer and made a new account and when i went to open my task manager it didn't work. I have tried the things on this page but none of them got my task manager to work. Any suggestions please and thank you.

Sahel Qazizada
April 14, 2013 7:54 AM

Thank you Sir. This was most helpful. Sorry for my bad English. Wish i could meet you in person and give you a big bear hug :)

niz
April 14, 2013 2:48 PM

thank you ... it works

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