Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator

Muhammad Rizwan asks that whenever he tries to open the task manager, he is encountered by the following error:

“Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator”
Here is solution from the Microsoft article about enabling the task manager:
Enabling Task Manager from Group Policy Editor
1. Go to “Start” -> “Run” -> Write “Gpedit.msc” and press on “Enter” button.
2. Navigate to “User Configuration” -> “Administrative Templates” -> “System” -> “Ctrl+Alt+Del Options”
3. In the right side of the screen verity that “Remove Task Manager”” option set to “Disable” or “Not Configured”.
4. Close “Gpedit.msc” MMC.
5. Go to “Start” -> “Run” -> Write “gpupdate /force” and press on “Enter” button.
Enabling Task Manager from Registry Editor
1. Go to “Start” -> “Run” -> Write “regedit” and press on “Enter” button.
Warning: Modifying your registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system.
Always backup your files before doing this registry hack.
2. Navigate to the following registry keys and verity that following settings set to default:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Group Policy Objects\\LocalUser\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Policies\System]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\\Winlogon]
3. Reboot the computer.
For your convenience, I have created a registry file. Just download, double click it and add the info to your registry. The task manager will be enabled. Post your experiences please.
Download the registry file here:
[download id=”351″]
Enabling Task Manager from the Run Menu
Abdullah mailed me this solution. Go to Start –> Run and copy and paste the following and press OK.
REG add HKCU\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Policies\\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f





112 responses to “Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator”

  1. Muhammad Rizwan

    thx sanix it worked reallyy a nice and quick solution for these kind ov probs.
    take care

  2. Azeem

    In my computer task manager is disabled, i have used the above link but it did not worked out.
    My task manager is disabled after scanning or using anti spyware, it enable’s but did not work when i click on it.
    Need help on it.

  3. Anand

    Thanks Sanik
    Really appreciate your solution

  4. Anand

    Appreciate your solution

  5. murali

    something is working.
    The above information is Usefull
    but its not full

  6. Alukard

    Thanks a lot
    Problem solved.
    What cause due to a malware name NET-CODEC(XXX).

  7. Sanix

    Hello everybody,thanks for your feedback. It really encourages to get ourselves going on with the new solutions.
    murali, can you tell me what was missing in the solution above?

  8. STRAW

    Tanx guy! It works perfectly. I ve been fighting on these preblems for the past 3 days.

  9. Filip

    Ive tried 4 different methods including TM fix 1.0 . Nothing works.
    Even checked my ad aware but its fine.
    Im really in big trouble. Like post #2 here it seem.

  10. rajdeep

    I used TM-fix and run the command “REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f” as well, it stopped the error and tries to load the task manager, but it crashes within 2 secs. And the CPU is heavily loaded, but since cant use task Manager, dont know what is consuming the CPU power. Help needed

  11. Muhammad Abdullah

    Rajdeep if TM-fix does not work then you can download procexp a replacement for Task Manager see this post A Task Manager, Startup Manager,Ports Monitor, File Monitor, Windows Updates Lister

  12. Nikhil Sharma

    Hello All
    I am getting an error “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator”. I tried the link of BitDefender but it did not work for me. I can not access RUN command. I can’t go to REGEDIT from DOS also. I m totally stuck. I have formatted my C drive also.
    I don’t know what to do..
    Please help me out.

  13. amit

    i have tried with the following options..it worked but the task manager is geting closed by itself.when i press ctrl+Alt+del, the task manager just appears for a momemt and vanishes. my system is infected by 1 virus
    plz help

  14. Mrunalini

    Hello sir..I want to really thank u for such an imp information..But sir d method u suggested need to be improved b’coz EVEN I AM GETTING D SAME ERROR AS TOLD BY THE ABOVE PPL “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator” AFTER TYPING regedit in THE COMMAND PROMPT AND EVEN AFTER DOWNLOADING UR S/W..WHAT SHOULD BE DONE..CAN U SUGGEST…I HOPE U WILL REPLY US SOON..Thanking u Bye..

  15. CRis

    Does anyone know how to get “Hide protected operating system files” back if it missing. I have searched for a week in Google but din’t find anything

  16. sachin

    hi….thanks for this wonderful support…
    from your solution you didn’t know how much confident i got..
    thanks regds
    Sachin Naidu

  17. Rj

    I have a major bad spyware problem right now and i am running 2 programs to fix it
    Ive tried 10 different ways to enable the task manager and still it goes back to disabled…any ideas….my computer is really screwed up}:(

  18. helpinghand

    i found this somewhere. this might help..not so sure..but worth a try.goodluck.
    Virus scan, spybot, and ad-adware will not detect the problem. The problem is a worm called W32/bropia.worm gen that you get from email.The reason that virus scan does not detact the worm is that system restore is still running. 1) first disable system restore in the control panel. 2) then restart your computer and run virus scan to get rid of the worm. you can restart system restore later. Run all the other scanin g systems you have to .

  19. Ricardo

    I have the same problem, but with Windows XP Home Edition,
    How can I fix, all the help is for windows XP Prof, but Can any Body helme with this problem with Windows XP Home Edition
    “Registry editing has benn disabled by your Administrator

  20. arslan

    nice job keep it up

  21. henry

    god bless you god freaking bless you abdullah

  22. pratik

    I tried all above methods but it didnt worked,the regedit is not opening

  23. Sanix

    pratik, please download the ravmon virus killer patch from here:
    It will restore your default registry settings automatically.

  24. Job daniel

    stil i didn’t get solution for dis….
    is there any other option??
    plz do tel…..

  25. ramn

    tht was gr8
    it works in first time

  26. shreeks

    Whenever i open services.msc or gpedit.msc i get pop up saying sorry we are closing this if you were in middle of something sorry for inconveinence and closes please help me to resolve this issue

  27. Samuel

    I just copied this file below in quote and it enabled my Task Manager very easy. Thanks
    “REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f”

  28. jaiz

    hi, tnx for your tip… it worked very well..:)
    great help mi amigo..

  29. Ahmed Mgeg

    Thanks alot my friend. It is veryhelpfull.

  30. jude

    Thanx> Task Manager (and Reg edit) enabled instantly with your Run menu option.

  31. rific453

    I have kind of the same problem a virus has disabled my task manger,and my regedit but i fixed that but now i cant acess my Control panel and have the same error message “has been disabled by your administrator” also i cannot right click

  32. Jeana Kendall

    I used the copy/paste method on your website to restore my taskmanager. It restored it in seconds. I couldn’t get anything else to work! Thanks so much!

  33. kim

    hey i follow the steps to disable my task manager, but still not working?????
    what should i do???????

  34. betzki

    my files/folders was suddenly lost in my desktop possibly due to a certain virus or worm.can i have those files back?help.

  35. kim

    i have encountered a new worm-worm.p2p.generic-but they cannot remove of my kaspersky anti-virus. help.tnx

  36. srikanth

    Taskmanager is diabled in my pc. Tried out gpedit fix.but its not working. My registry is also not opening when i try regedit in run command. Any pointers to fix this issue?

  37. kumarprasad

    Mr. Srikanth, Read COMPUTER ERA telugu magazine SEPTEMBER 2007 magazine, troubleshooting column, you will find good solution to this problem.

  38. hareesh

    thx i am seeing this site for first time
    i realy thank full to those who manitor this site or blog.
    the abouve give techinque is worked very well.
    but i am having small doubt how to post “my doubt ” in this site.
    i dont know how to see reply to this query also.so please reply to my mail id.
    ok very very thccccccccccccx

  39. hareesh

    one more doubt i have i am unable to open “””orkut”””and “””youtube”” site in my system
    its comming message as
    “orkut is banned you fool, the administrator did not write this program guess who did??

  40. Allen

    ppl who couldnt open orkut or youtube just do the following:
    1) go to run, type “C:heap41a”
    2)now you ppl could see some content includin a winamp file
    3) select all crap and delete it (shift + del)
    4) in the menubar click on folders(right next to search option
    5) now u’ll be able to see the folder “heap41a” in the left side of your screen
    6)delete it …(shift + del)
    7) goto orkut hav fun 🙂

  41. Rikki

    Thanks alot! I tried the first one (the msc one) and that didn’t work out. Then I tried the registry “hack” and it fixed it right up.
    At first I thought I accidentally downloaded a virus and scanned my computer, but it came up clean.

  42. Arjun

    Thanx Sanix.
    I was getting the regedit n taskmgr disabled error.
    Was scoping around for a cure n this was the simplest and most effective solution 🙂

  43. hareeshnarla

    unable to delete the file ::: svchost (with caption :::auto hot key)
    because of this unable to delete the heap file also wht to do
    it is saying
    “””cont delete svchost access denied
    make sure disk is not full or write protectedand that the file is not currently in use”””
    wht to do now

  44. hareeshnarla

    unable to delete the file ::: svchost (with caption :::auto hot key)
    because of this unable to delete the heap file also wht to do
    it is saying
    “””cont delete svchost access denied
    make sure disk is not full or write protectedand that the file is not currently in use”””
    wht to do now
    i am unable to instal mozila firefox in my system
    its showing a pop window as
    how i can i use mozila in my system

  45. Sanix

    hareeshnarla, please see this post for solution of unable to delete a file
    You only have to install mozilla and then start working on it .. it’s like internet explorer .. no big differences in usage.

  46. Nuwan

    thanx buddy

  47. Shakeel Ahmed

    Many thanks for solving my difficulty.
    The Task Manager of my computer has just enabled,
    I used the following command
    Go to Start –> Run and copy and paste the following and press OK.
    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    it is due to Abdullah

  48. shah

    hello. i have some problem.
    1. i cant able to open task manager.
    2. i cant able to open regedit for editing some registry.
    3. i cant able to open Gpedit.msc for Group policy.
    i already deleted the all the heap file. then also i have this problem. without soluving Gpedit.nsc and regedit problem ai cant open task manager…. plz help me to solve this problem…. thank u

  49. s.jaleel

    thanks abdullah it worked reallyy a nice and quick solution for these kind ov probs

  50. punkrocker

    I tried those steps but they did not work at all. It says that registry editor has been disabled by your administrator eventhough I am logged-in as Administrator.
    Sometimes while I’am playing, I am just being alt+tabbed automatically always.
    Need help with this.