Why is Task Manager Disabled?
When the Task Manager option grayed out on the right-click menu of the taskbar. There is a registry key that will disable TaskMgr, but it is not always clear how to disable it, or why it was created. The question is linked to spyware in many situations so you can search your PC as well.
Windows Task Manager can be used to show descriptions of the processes that run on your computer. Because it can be used to kill programs that are misbehaving or are viruses disguised as harmless programs, it is disabled by most spyware and viruses to prevent them from being closed by it. Some administrators often deactivate TaskMgr to prevent users from closing essential security programs such as antiviruses and malware.
In these cases, running the Task Manager will send the error “Administrator has disabled the Task Manager.” There are however several methods that can be used to re-enable the task manager and manually close those harmful programs. This article contains some of those simple techniques that you can use to get back access to TaskMgr privileges.
Why is the Task Manager grayed out?
This could be due to
- Virus-infected Windows
- Blocked by Registry or Community policy
If it is because of the virus then Windows will search with antivirus or some device will repair it. Whereas the registry trick below is given
Manual Registry Hack
Open regedit.exe by searching or running box in the start menu, and then navigate to the following key:
A 32-bit REG DWORD value called DisableTaskMgr with one of two values on the right-hand side is:
- 1 – Disable task manager
- 0 – Enable task manager
Just double click the value and change it, or even delete the key. The transition will take place right away.
Enable Task Manager from Registry in Windows 8, 7, XP or Vista
Registry Editor is a Windows built-in application used to change the registry keys that tell Windows how it will operate. A simple adjustment to the registry can be used to remove the Task Manager barrier. To do so, simply take the steps:-
- Click on Start Button. Go to Run. If you are using Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista, go to Search Bar.
- Type “Regedit” and hit Enter. Registry Editor will open. If Registry Editor is also disabled, you will have to first enable the registry editing.
- From the left-hand navigation pane, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\ Current Version\Policies\System. If the System Key is not available there, you will need to create it.
- In the work area (Right Side), locate “DisableTaskMgr“. If this value is not available there, you will need to create a new DWORD value called DisableTaskMgr. Double click on it. A window will pop up in front of you.
- Enter its value data as “0” in the window and press OK.
- Close the Registry Editor. Check if the Task Manager is still disabled, you have to restart your computer.
Enable Task Manager from the Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.msc)
Group Policy Editor is a feature in Windows which is used to edit local policy settings. It can also be used to enable . To do so, just follow the steps given below:-
- Open the Start Menu. Windows XP users have to click on Run. Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Vista users, go to Search Bar.
- Type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter. Group Policy Editor Window will be open and show up.
- From the navigational pane at the left-hand side, go to the option: User Configuration>Administrative Templates>System>Ctrl+Alt+Del Options.
- In the work area at the right side, double click on “Remove Task Manager” and set its value to Disabled or Not Configured.
- Restart your Computer or Log Off and Log back On to apply the made changes.
Note: Group Policy Editor is not available on home editions of Windows.
Enable Task Manager by BAT File through CMD Command
Command Prompt can also be used to directly enable.
- Open the Notepad or any text editor like NotePad++.
- Copy the code given below and paste it in the text editor.
- Save the File as TaskManager.bat and select Show All Files in the dropdown option.
- Run TaskManager.bat as Administrator if you use Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. In Windows XP, simply open the file. A command prompt window will flash for a second and then disappear indicating successful execution of the command.
- After running the batch file, you will be able to again use Task Manager. If Task Manager is still not available or Disable, restart your computer once.
REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d /0 /f
Create a Registry(.reg) file for enabling Task Manager
If you don’t know how to edit the Registry manually, you can create a Registry file that will automatically change the Registry Key to re-enable Task Managing. One such file to be created:-
- Open Notepad or any other text editor like NotePad++.
- Copy the code given below and paste it as it is in the editor.
- Save the file as “Enable Task Manager.reg” or “*.reg”. (You can name anything you like e.g. xyz.reg)
- Open the file by double-clicking on it.
- The Registry Editor will ask you for confirmation. In the confirmation window, click on Yes.
- Task Manager would immediately be accessible. If it is not, once restart your computer.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] “DisableTaskMgr” =dword:00000000
AutoRun Remover Tool for Enabling Task Manager
You can use AutoRun Remover Tool for Enabling Task Manager as this issue is due to the “Autorun.inf” virus which infects the windows registry. Please download the Full Registered Software Autorun Virus Remover.
The techniques mentioned in this article work on Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista