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. Bud Thompson

    I want to thank you Sanix.. I believe you posted this Registry download fix that re-enabled my Task Mgr.. after cleaning a virus it became disabled.. along with “my documents folder opening on start-up every time..by running your fix/download it came back.
    Thanks again!

  2. Joseph

    Thanks a lot !!! Now I can open my task manager

  3. Naveen

    Thanks all, I am now in orkut

  4. Ravi

    you are gerat

  5. fida

    thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks
    u solve my problems i love this site
    ur genious ur great i have no word for u
    i m really thankful to u

  6. ganga

    Thanks alot

  7. Stoner Trivia

    Worked like a charm. Thanks so much. Now I don’t have to waste 20 + more hours trying to fix this..

  8. Christo

    Man you are a computer genius, i just downloaded your file and it worked! THX a bunch



  10. sahil

    no task manager and no ffolder option in tools.even gpedit.msc is not running.

  11. Deborah

    Tried the Regedit and the gpedit and both kept reseting. Got my computer re formatted. Problem gone. As I slowly installed programs over the next few weeks, no problem till I once again installed Itunes. couldn’t fix the problem by going back to a recent restore point. So tried your format – first the gpedit, then the gpupdate /force and then the regedit. It worked, thank you thank you thank you. You saved me money getting the system fixed again.

  12. gurjit singh

    Thanks a lot !!! Now I can open my task manager

  13. sterling

    thankyou so much!

  14. rakesh

    cool advise

  15. Godfrey Daniels

    Re: Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator
    I downloaded the registry file and the Task Manager works perfectly now.
    Thanks very much!

  16. kemar lawes

    this is really superb, it really rectify my problem and i was able to impress others


    I have tried to enable ther task manager but Ifail
    pls tell me the way.
    my search option has gone .
    how can I solve the problem

  18. Dilir

    Thanks. It worked perfectly.

  19. Dilir

    There is no ‘search’ option in my PC. What can I do? Please suggest.

  20. Duan

    Thx a lot for the solutions. Works marvelously. Really appreciate it! May God bless you all!

  21. james

    thank you very much the 3rd option worked for me

  22. rszed

    Thank you very much for your help….Thanks thanks thanks….. 🙂

  23. teevan22

    mat you are a genius ive tried so many other thing thanks a bunch dont suppose u know how to remove xp antivirus its a pain in the arse thankks again man u are a star

  24. aamir

    is there any tool which enables the task manager

  25. kalyan

    abdullah ur soln is very brilliant and easy to resolve the task manager problem.

  26. jessica

    Omg, this made me SO happy! Thanks so much, it was stressing me out ridiculously! Took me all of five minutes to do and voila my task manager is working!
    Thanks again!

  27. edward

    Thanks for the help I got the Pandex Trojan used your program to activate my Taskman, my computer is free off the trojan but it went a little haywire..your program really works and my computer is back on track Thanks again Edward

  28. danny c

    worked perfectly, can access task manager now
    thanks heaps.

  29. John D.

    Worked great. Thanks!!:)

  30. pkc

    heloow dear tnx for the tip. it worked fine. tnx again

  31. Asad Pyare

    Thank you very much.

  32. Sachin

    Yeaahh…..it worked!!! but i want my folder option back, please tell me how to do that…plz help in this case…

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  34. shiva

    thanku very much it really worked for me

  35. BigAL

    Nice steal from Microsoft.

  36. sobagu

    Dear sir/madam
    my system is very slow
    my pc lot of space is der c drive allso i din’t know what happen
    when i open the any application its take lot of time
    can u solve the problem
    Awaiting for your replay

  37. john eric

    thanks a lot! i have my task manager back!!!

  38. a1x1

    Thanks for such useful posts!!
    Btw i have one more problem to solve. In one of my office PCs, i am unable to run Ping command directly by typing it in Start->Run dialogue box. But if i open command prompt and then type ping under c:\ it works.
    Any possible solution ??

  39. moodred3

    re Enabling Task Manager from the Run Menu
    “Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator” was a shocking new manifestation of the virus I’ve been dealing with since JAN 1, 2009 – started as “pcsecurity-antivirus2009.com” virus.
    I’d got partial use of my pc back, but Task Mgr had been a major tool in that effort – so….
    Abdullah – whoever you are – you do rock!
    Took a chance on your START/RUN/(paste) solution and it worked!
    Now if I can just kill the rest of this viral infestation!
    Will probably end up with a full reformat/reload.
    Thanks a million,

  40. Bob Smith

    Hurray! This worked for me. My task manager was disabled by some malware that Avast got rid of, but the task manager was still inaccessible until I did this:
    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    Thanks a lot!

  41. VICKY

    it helped
    at last got rid of it……

  42. Tee-

    In my case, Task Manager, Registry, & Folder Options are disabled. wscript.exe & auto.vbs runs in the background whenever i check it using msconfig. I’ve had this freaking problem 3-4 times already. I have updated AV & AS software but still get infected. So frustrating.
    I’ve done a lot of research, tried a lot of these so-called “solutions” but most have solutions on restoring what is disabled by the administrator but don’t you think what’s important first is how to remove the damn virus before restoring the disabled functions? Tried all the methods. It will restore the function temporarily but after I restart the computer it’s disabled again since the virus is still residing in the hard drive & can’t be detected by any of these AV & AS software. Apparently, nothing works really.
    It all ends up me reformatting my PC as a solution. However, I can’t reformat my PC every time it gets infected.
    Just want the real experts out there to share their information. What kind of virus/trojan/worm/spyware is this? What’s the real solution?

    1. Sanix

      Tee- you should use our smart virus remover which can remove alot of viruses and revert the Windows settings to default. Please try it and tell me if it works for you:
      Also install a real time antivirus on your system so that it doesn’t get affected often. See my article about 5 free antivirus softwares:

  43. rodney

    hallow thanks for all your advice . all advice my let my taskmanager appear but the problem will be still there because my antivirus can not remove that type of virus . I was using Macafee antivirus and it didn’t remove that virus , some one told me to use AVG but the problem remain and another one told me to use RISING Antivirus also i use it but the problem came afters restart my computer, all antivirus i was buying form a distributor for a agreement for one year while Macafee i have a firewall machine but it seems it don’t work . My aim it to get the solution and how to prevent it ,
    IN all i like to said thanks for all who helps me in any means but my problems i solve it for a minutes and appear after a minutes , i was very happy for your help so continue helping to get the prevention for that problem

  44. Dennis

    desktop icons gone, task manager disabled, no start button….nothing! Please help! Safe mode comes up as a black screen and about the only thing that seems to work at all is booting to DOS

  45. Beluaq

    thank you
    it’s soo relieving to be able to see my task manager works again
    keep sharing good info dude

  46. Sanix

    Glad to see it working on your end 🙂 keep visiting.

  47. anwar

    i have problem my system and format the system the message that task manager has been disabled by your administrator , so ples help me

  48. priya

    I recently formatted my pc,then i installed an antivirus but that applicatioon does not open,then i tried opening registry edit,but it too did not open….then i tried task manager it stated the same thing that it has been disabled by admin…..i tried all the above stps u suggested but nothng worked….plzzzz help me out…i tried all 3-4 solutions but in vain…

  49. rozain

    i’ve tried every possible way listed above but still my task manager as well as my registry doesnt open….i’ve scaned for viruses several times but still doesnt work

  50. Ajaz

    Type this to fix registry editing problem or copy and paste into START…. RUN…..
    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    This worked for me.. i can run registry editor now…but still no task manager… if anyone knows how to fix task manager help would be appreciated.