Solution: “Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator” [Windows Error]

If you are getting error, "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator" , when trying to launch task manger on Windows XP machine then here is a simple solution for you.

Solution: Click “Start >> Run” and type following command exactly as given below and click OK.

REG add HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f


Yep. This problem is solved now! In case you any other problem feel free to ask. 🙂

Related: Solution for "Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator" error!

Author: Rahul Bansal

I am a geek (wordpress), blogger (tech) & entrepreneur (rtCamp)

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  • marinos

    the problem is someone is changing stuff in my pc. i think it’s someone in my msn contact list who does these things.
    i fix this problem and after a while it comes again.
    btw my “win key” does not work. and this started today for the first time (when the task manager problem reappeared)
    nod32,spybot and adaware don’t find anything suspicious

    any suggestions?

    • @marinos
      First you better install firewall like zone alarm.
      Next also make sure your antivirus is updated.

  • sc0tt

    Thanks! Worked great.

    I think some of my daughter’s kiddie software messed up my settings.

    The MS help page was no help at all.

  • Rajesh

    dear sir i had tried “REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f”
    to solve the task manager disable problem but the problem is not solved.
    and REG add

    “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f ”
    i use this command to activate the registry editor, but both problem is remain same.
    please provide the solution for the both problem.
    thanking you.

    • @Rajesh
      There may be some virus on your system.

  • Ravikumar


    I tried with the code provided by you.
    “REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f”

    It has enabled my taskmanager but its not still appearing on the system. It blinks and shine off …Can u suggest me to get rid of this issue

    Note: I didnt get any error message at all

    Thanks in advance

    • @Ravikumar
      I guess there is some virus on system which need to be fixed using anti-virus only.

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  • i have this around a week ago and i try all thing with my friend from china but nothing change at i make f-desk to my pc but same all thing is same finally we find that not virus it’s Trojan in ram,hard desk,prosers. the solution for this just by same hacker whom make this trojan. we ask that person to stop this in faster time if not mind.

    thank you for all

    • @omar
      Actually this happen because of changes in registry. Now WHO changes your registry decides impact of it.
      If its a silly program, then above solution is sufficient.
      If its virus/trojan, then antivirus like softwares are needed.
      In your case, I guess in addition to antivirus a good firewall could help.

  • harish

    Thanks dude… now i’m able to access both… can u tell me why this problem occurs… was it because of a virus… and what did the runline command actually do?

  • @Rahul Bansal – Rahul.

    it’s was virus now i use antivirus kaspersky 2009 it’s good one

    thank you for advice.

  • sujatha

    thanks for ur suggestion my problem solved

  • ZM

    i’ve tried this method it works, but my pc problem is, when i log off or restart my pc, the registry at Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr value is set back to 1.

    what should i do?

  • Omar

    @Rahul Bansal – people may be this good news or bad but in any way let me tell this for all, this problem come with transfer file from net or other way’s i had this problem when i used program teamviewer. there is many program like this one so please be careful when use any thing like this best anti virus it’s kaspersky 2009 this one amazing….

    • @Omar
      There are many reasons which can cause this problem.
      Registry hack given above is one of the solution.
      Its always better to have a good antivirus. You should definitely use it if task manager keep getting disabled every time you start your computer.

  • Omar

    @Rahul Bansal – which kind of anti virus do you use there? now i use kaspersky but this one always ask for key..since i use this anti virus i never face that virus again…

    • @Omar
      I use NOD32 on every windows machine.
      Its just too good. 🙂

      • Param

        plz give me the latest username and password for nod32

  • Cereal

    Thank you so much! I have been having this problem for a while but never bothered to look it up until some of the programs won’t close and i would have to resstart!

  • Using Windows itself brings in a whole bunch of problems. The hack above is cool, but it won’t stay that way for long. Sooner or later, Windows always gets affected (we’ve to be suspicious and scared while even inserting a Pen Drive now).

    Shun Microsoft, go with Linux 🙂

    • @Anirudh
      Well windows is worst and linux is better… but MAC is the best! 😀

  • Rizvy

    Alternate Way

    1. Go to “Start” -> “Run” -> Write “Gpedit.msc” and press on “Enter” button.
    2. Navigate to “User Configuration” -> “Administrative Templates” -> “System” -> “Ctrl+Alt+Del
    3. In the right side of the screen verity that “Remove Task Manager”” option set to “Disable” or “Not Configured”.
    4. double click on it and select “disabled”.press OK
    5. close it and enjoy
    • Vishu Arora

      Rizvy thank you ………

      its works….

    • gaurav

      thanks it works

    • Ali Haider

      Thank you bro… It’s helpfull :* <3

    • unaise

      it works,thank u

  • thank u
    Its works

  • Sanjay

    Your suggestions and commands are very helpful.. thnks dude.

  • i like for this sulutation

  • Kaushal

    i have used all of these..

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

    and Alternate Way too….

    But task manager comes once and aftr closing it,it is disabled again..please help me.

  • taher ashraf

    Thanx a zillion man it really worked.

    • Rahul Bansal

      Your welcome buddy… 🙂
      Welcome To Devils Workshop!

  • taher ashraf

    Hey man every time I need to give my task manager is being disabled; and every time I have to give that code. Can u please provide me a permanent solution it will be helpful for me.

    • Rahul Bansal

      Run antivirus on your system. It is infected.
      If it doesn’t work, you need to reinstall windows.

  • Binaryreligion

    I’ve seen this problem twice now, and I happened to have a piece of software handy which solved the problem in under 20minutes.
    It’s called SDFix. You can google it.

    So far out of the last 30 machines I’ve had with weird and wonderful problems, and/or me knowing there is adware/malware/spyware on it that most other apps don’t pick up. It has fixed 29 of them 😀

    Farking brilliant piece of software.
    Only word of advice I have is, if you have AV running on the machine you plan to use it on, uninstall the AV first. There is a file used by the SDFix that is picked up as a PRC Viewer and is then deleted.

  • mike De

    Thank you…..

  • Siva

    hi na,

    I tried with the code provided by you.
    “REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f”

    It has enabled my taskmanager but its not still appearing on the system. It blinks and shine off …Can u suggest me to get rid of this issue

    • Rahul Bansal

      Running above code will not open any window permanently.
      But if “blinking” is not fixing your problem, your system may be infected with Virus.

  • mahesh

    very good solution. thanks a lot. I really appreciate this web site.

  • A.Hegazy

    thnx alooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot

  • fariz

    thanks. it works..!

  • Thank You 🙂

  • ron

    thanx alot

  • arvind

    i have tried all that stuff, running anti virus (Mc afee), changing setting through gpedit.msc etc, but then this problem “task manager has been disabled..” keeps appearing everytime, even when the subject setting in group policy is “disabled”. NOW the most strande thing i noticed today is, the Task Manager is working properly for the account without admin rights (users) but its not working for both, the administrator a/c and the other a/c with admin rights.
    can you please guide me 🙂

  • Krishna

    i find that my pc doesnot restart after choosing “Restart” at the shut down bar. It opens the motherboard logo, but the setup(“F2”) key appears after approx. one second, windows starts,desktop appears,but no input is taken from keyboard or mouse!!!

    Then, without any option, i need to forc it shut off”completely”( not restart). It opens normally. This is happening only when restarted. Does mother board get virus, or why booting is not happeing properly? Pl. help.

  • prashant

    thanks i solved my problem by running
    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    thanks again

  • Dr A.Thirunavukkarasu

    My task manager didn’t work. I searched the web, got this page, now my problem is solved. Thank you!


    I have been solved my problem related with task manager

  • anonymus

    my task manager keeps getting disabled about 2 minutes after i type in the command, it happens everytime.

    I initiated a computer scan with avg (with 10 yrs license) and 5 files came up and I quarantined them but the problem still remains.

    anyway to fix this? could it be a virus? or am i using a crap antivirus?

  • hunduo

    Wow. that was fast. too fast. thanks!

  • Lois

    What was the fix for the task manager blinking on then off?…
    Win XP

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  • Al

    Hey man, That solution only kind of worked. I no longer get the task manager disabled message, but when i press ctrl+alt+delete the task manager only appears briefly then it quickly vanishes. Any suggestions?

  • B.S.M.

    Hey guys please tell me how to remove viruses via cmd in cmd prompt

  • banshi raj

    thanks,rahul ….. UR windows task manager HELP solved my prob……

  • Minn

    My computer recently got hacked by some dude , and al the icons , wallpaper , tool bars were disappears , then i checked the task manager and run explorer.exe and the icons appears again , then i ran a full scan with AVG and restart my computer
    but now when i turn my computer on , it says : ” task manager has been disable by your administrator and nothing else appear o my computer ( icons , desk opt ALL GONE ) this must be a virus by the hacker


  • Jasmeet Singh

    Boss u r the god of computer.
    Thank u so much man

  • sriram

    my problem of task manager has been solved by pasting the command given here

  • sar

    See Above. Google and run some good down load from PCHELL.COM etc.
    Run some good antivrus.

    Same may not work for all machines
    Alternate Way

    Go to “Start” -> “Run” -> Write “Gpedit.msc” and press on “Enter” button.
    Navigate to “User Configuration” -> “Administrative Templates” -> “System” -> “Ctrl+Alt+Del
    In the right side of the screen verity that “Remove Task Manager”” option set to “Disable” or “Not Configured”.
    double click on it and select “disabled”.press OK
    close it and enjoy

  • Raghuram Rajaamani

    Marvelous website and Good Work Rahul Bansal.Keep it up.

  • Drapina

    Rahul bansal …. that was a great quick fix. Thanks

  • vipul

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



  • shine

    Fantastic!!!! What a quickly the problem was solved by your suggestion!
    Any way, thanQ

  • thanx

    thanks a lot it really worked! 🙂

  • nachiket

    its absolutely perfect, its helpfull for me, plz use this..

  • Asif

    I would say…Real Time Genius… Thank you DOST…

  • Full Nelson

    Thanks a lot,man for this salvation!

  • angelina

    Thanks alot. it worked

  • Mahesh

    Hi all,
    It works.
    Thanks a lot

  • Raj

    Thanks. its very useful.

  • Aman

    Thanks for Task manager enable command.

  • .sids

    Thanks brother

  • sandeep

    My task manager didn’t work. I searched the web, got this page, now my problem is solved. Thank you!
    again thanx a lot

  • Krink

    Thanx dude …Task manager works 🙂

  • srinivas e

    dear sir
    i have tried this command. its working and solved my problem
    thanking you

  • Zubair Khalid

    Thanks sir. It worked for me. Thanks

  • Vijay Paigwar

    my system is infected with folder.exe virus i have tried every thing to get rid of it but useful utilities has been disabled by this virus like task manager,regedit, msconfig etc …………… what i try for this.

  • Naval

    Hi Rahul

    Naval Agrawal here remember …..:)

    My system are getting error, “Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator” and i try solution (command) which is given by you but the same error come again ….

  • thank you
    my problem has been solved
    by REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    this above commend

    • @Sujit: Thanks for the tip but as always, I would always advise caution against making changes to Windows Reg 😉