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Task manager was turned off by administrator

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by 2old2no, Aug 21, 2007.

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  1. 2old2no

    2old2no Thread Starter

    Aug 9, 2007
    Afew days ago I had "task manager was turned off by administrator" Only my husband and I are on this pc. we didn't turn it off. I rebooted and still it was not on . I system restored and got it back. Does anyone know how to turn it back on or how it was turned off? Thanks, this site is the best! If you have not donated yet you really need to!
  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    I believe the official Windows message is "disabled" -- but in any case you should do a thorough malware scan as this issue is often related.

    In the meantime (and this too can be disabled by malware) run regedit.exe and navigate to the location shown below. If you see the policy restriction there, just right click on it and delete it:

    User Key:


    Name: DisableTaskMgr

    Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)

    Value: (0 = default, 1 = disable Task Manager)
  3. Joanyoung


    Jun 18, 2004
    Or if you are not familiar with the registry this is easier to sort your problem

    Start/run type , or should I say copy and paste into the box

    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    Press enter

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