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!


TechPavan April 13, 2008

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marinos June 7, 2008

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?

Rahul Bansal June 8, 2008

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

sc0tt August 3, 2008

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.

Rahul Bansal August 5, 2008

Your welcome buddy.. 🙂

Rajesh August 20, 2008

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.

Rahul Bansal August 21, 2008

There may be some virus on your system.

Ravikumar September 25, 2008


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

Rahul Bansal September 25, 2008

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

chathz September 28, 2008

hey try this tool

chathz September 28, 2008

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Download link:

this is a self written tool in C by a guy named Piyush and is extraordinarily functional

omar September 29, 2008

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

Rahul Bansal October 1, 2008

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 October 18, 2008

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?

Omar October 19, 2008

@Rahul Bansal – Rahul.

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

thank you for advice.

Rahul Bansal October 21, 2008

Your welcome bro… 🙂

sujatha October 31, 2008

thanks for ur suggestion my problem solved

ZM November 21, 2008

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 November 27, 2008

@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….

Rahul Bansal November 28, 2008

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 November 29, 2008

@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…

Rahul Bansal November 29, 2008

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

Param April 28, 2011

plz give me the latest username and password for nod32

Cereal December 8, 2008

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!

Anirudh December 17, 2008

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 🙂

Rahul Bansal December 20, 2008

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

Rizvy January 3, 2009

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 October 28, 2010

Rizvy thank you ………

its works….

gaurav March 24, 2012

thanks it works

Ali Haider October 7, 2012

Thank you bro… It’s helpfull :* <3

unaise November 16, 2012

it works,thank u

mandar January 6, 2009

thank u
Its works

Rahul Bansal January 7, 2009

Your welcome buddy… 🙂

Sanjay January 19, 2009

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

mitesh January 28, 2009

i like for this sulutation

Kaushal January 29, 2009

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.

Rahul Bansal January 29, 2009

Scan your system for virus, etc

taher ashraf February 5, 2009

Thanx a zillion man it really worked.

Rahul Bansal February 5, 2009

Your welcome buddy… 🙂
Welcome To Devils Workshop!

taher ashraf February 6, 2009

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 March 5, 2009

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

Binaryreligion February 16, 2009

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 February 18, 2009

Thank you…..

Siva April 17, 2009

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 April 22, 2009

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 May 3, 2009

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

A.Hegazy May 10, 2009

thnx alooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot

fariz May 15, 2009

thanks. it works..!

Minu June 26, 2009

Thank You 🙂

ron July 17, 2009

thanx alot

arvind July 23, 2009

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 August 18, 2009

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 August 20, 2009

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 August 21, 2009

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 October 16, 2009

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 October 30, 2009

Wow. that was fast. too fast. thanks!

Lois November 5, 2009

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

suman kumar kaundinya November 14, 2009


Al November 18, 2009

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. November 19, 2009

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

banshi raj December 22, 2009

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

Minn December 26, 2009

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 January 26, 2010

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

sriram March 7, 2010

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

sar June 22, 2010

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 December 15, 2010

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

Drapina January 6, 2011

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

vipul February 28, 2011

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



shine March 22, 2011

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

thanx May 6, 2011

thanks a lot it really worked! 🙂

nachiket June 6, 2011

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

Asif June 11, 2011

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

Full Nelson July 22, 2011

Thanks a lot,man for this salvation!

angelina July 23, 2011

Thanks alot. it worked

Mahesh August 28, 2011

Hi all,
It works.
Thanks a lot

Raj September 10, 2011

Thanks. its very useful.

Aman October 19, 2011

Thanks for Task manager enable command.

.sids October 31, 2011

Thanks brother

sandeep November 12, 2011

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 November 17, 2011

Thanx dude …Task manager works 🙂

srinivas e November 25, 2011

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

Zubair Khalid February 5, 2012

Thanks sir. It worked for me. Thanks

Vijay Paigwar April 11, 2012

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 August 9, 2012

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 ….

sujit sahoo April 5, 2013

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

Aditya Kane April 5, 2013

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