Why is my Task Manager disabled, and how do I fix it?

Herbalist Dr MziziMkavu

JF-Expert Member
Feb 3, 2009
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:
Or, if you try to run taskmgr.exe manually, you get this 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:
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:
Double click on Remove Task Manager to change its 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:
  • Software
  • Microsoft
  • Windows
  • CurrentVersion
  • Policies
  • System
You should see something similar to this:
Right Click on the DisableTaskMgr 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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JF-Expert Member
Mar 29, 2011
haha! Hii kitu saf sana mkuu big up. Hi is very useful kwa kwel coz cha kwanza virus wanashambulia task manager!


JF-Expert Member
Feb 13, 2010
dah we noma umejiuliza swali halafu ukajijibu؛
Chief Mkwawa hapa tupo kufundishana au kujifunza hii Thread aliyoweka mkuu mzizimkavu imetusaidia akina sisi hatujiwi namna ya kuiondosha hiyo Task Manager. Nakuona hapa wewe uu Mgeni karibu ujifunze mengi kuhusu Computer Security.


JF-Expert Member
Nov 8, 2009
Chief-mkwawa ndugu yangu unaonekana ni "mister kujua sana". Sasa ubaya uko wapi akiuliza na kujijibu si anafundisha watu we hujui kuwa wabongo ukiwemo wewe tuko nyuma ki-teknolojia. Majungu mengi ndo maana hatuendelei.

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