The Windows task manager is an OS component that is available on all the versions of Microsoft Windows since NT 4.0 and Windows 2000. To view details regarding the processes that are running on your computer, the Windows Task Manager is used. Today we will teach you how to enable Task Manager Disabled by your Administrator or Virus in Windows.
The primary function of the Windows task manager is that it is used to terminate programs that are misbehaving or are viruses disguised in the form of simple programs. However, most of the viruses and spyware disable it to prevent themselves from being closed by it. The task manager is at times disables by the administrators to prevent the users from closing security programs that are important like:
In doing so, the user usually receives an error while running the task manager who says “task manager has been disabled by the administrator.” Some techniques can be used to re-enable the task manager and close all the harmful programs manually. In this guide, we have explained for you some methods to regain access to task managing privileges
- 1 What is Task Manager in Windows?
- 2 How to Enable Disabled Windows Task Manager using Registry in Windows 10/8/7 (Updated for 2020)
- 3 How to Enable Task Manager using Group Policy Editor in Windows
- 4 Enable Task Manager using CMD
- 5 Windows Task Manager – duplicated programs listed
- 6 Windows Task Manager – Unable to Open Error
- 7 Is your Task Manager still Disabled?
What is Task Manager in Windows?
The windows task manager is used to end a task and stop the program from running. If due to any reason an application is not running or responding then you can use the end task button option from the task manager to close that particular program and the best part is that you do not have to restart your computer for this.
It shows you all the programs/processes currently running in the background. You can end programs and even disable them. Also, it shows your RAM and CPU usage. The task manager comes with several features if we talk about those then we can see performance details for memory, network, CPU and disk there in windows 7 and not in XP. If we talk about CPU usage per processor, applications, and processes, then it can be seen both in Windows 7 and Windows XP.
How to Enable Disabled Windows Task Manager using Registry in Windows 10/8/7 (Updated for 2020)
The registry editor is an inbuilt tool windows tool that modifies the registry keys which tell the windows how to work. The registry modification is used to bypass the task manager block. Follow the step to know how to:
- In the first step, go to the start menu. For this, you can also use Windows key + R shortcut from the keyboard.
- Now type Regedit and hit the enter button. The registry editor will start. If somehow the registry editor is disabled then first you need to enable registry editing.
- Through the left-hand navigation, panel navigates to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\ Current
You will need to create the system key if it is not there.
- Locate “DisableTaskMgr” in the work area. You will need to create a new DWORD value called DisableTaskMgr if this value is not there. Double click on this and a window will pop up.
- Now enter its value data as ‘0’ and press the OK button
- Now close the registry editor
- Restart your computer of still the task manager is disabled.
If you do not know how to edit the registry manually then you can create a registry file that automatically modifies the Registry key to enable Task managing. Follow the steps to create such a file:
- In the first step, you need to open Notepad or any other Text Editor
- Now code is given below, simply copy it and paste it as it is in the Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00.
Registry Method 2:
Make a registry file of the following:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] “DisableTaskMgr” =dword:00000000
- Now save this file as Enable Task Manager.reg or .reg.
- Double click on this to open the file
- You are asked for confirmation from the Registry Editor. Click on the yes button in the confirmation window
- Now the task manager would be accessible for you immediately
- If not, then you need to restart your PC
How to Enable Task Manager using Group Policy Editor in Windows
Windows has a feature by the name of Group Policy Editor whose function is to edit the local policy settings. It is also used to enable the Windows Task Manager. Follow the steps to do so:
- In the first step, open the start menu. For XP users they should click on Run. Users of Windows 10, 8.1, 7 and Vista should go to search. You can also press the shortcut key from the keyboard that is Windows key + R.
- Now type gpedit.msc and hit the enter button. The group policy editor will now show up.
- From the navigational pane located at the left-hand side go to User Configuration>Administrative Templates>System>Ctrl+Alt+Del Options
- Double click on the “remove task manager” in the work area.
- Then set its value not configured or Disabled
- Now restart your system, or you can log off and log back on to apply the changes
One thing must be kept in mind is that the Group Policy Editor is not present on home editions of Windows.
Enable Task Manager using CMD
To enable the Task Manager directly, command prompt can also be used
- In the first step open Notepad
- Copy the following code and paste it
REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d /0 /f
- save this file as TaskManager.bat
- If you are a user of Windows 10, 8, 7 or Windows Vista, then run TaskManager.bat as Administrator.
- Open the file in Windows XP. The command prompt window will be seen for a second, and then it will disappear, this indicates successful execution.
- You shall be able to use the Task Manager again after running the batch file.
- Restart your PC if the Task Manager is still not available.
The techniques that have been mentioned above are to be used with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, and Windows Vista.
SEE ALSO: How to Enable Windows 10 SSH in Command-Line.
Windows Task Manager – duplicated programs listed
Sometimes the programs might break parts of the program out to their process. For example, the Google Chrome browser to make the program more secure and stable it loads each of the open tabs into its process. If more than one of the same methods opens at the same time, then there is nothing wrong with your system.
Windows Task Manager – Unable to Open Error
Are you facing issues in opening the Task Manager? Then it is possible that there could be a virus or spyware that has affected your system. Malware is mostly designed to cause issues with opening the Task Manager and end task them. It is recommended to scan your computer from spyware and virus if you are not able to open the task manager.
For window users, the best tool out there in the Windows Task Manager. Sometimes the experienced users may need additional details regarding the processes running on their computer. In such situations, it is highly recommended about the free process explorer utility from Microsoft that is part of the Sysinternals.
Is your Task Manager still Disabled?
In this guide, we have discussed for you how you can enable the Task Manager once the administrator or virus has disabled it. We have explained different techniques so adopt the one that best suits you. This can also be a case of corrupt installation or a group policy set by your organization for security purposes. If it is still disabled try rebooting your PC and trying all of the steps again in safe mode.