Task Manager disabled problem in windows xp

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on December 8, 2007


We have received mails from some readers of Trouble Fixers about task manager is disabled on their system suddenly.

Problem: It is due to some kind of virus/ trojan activity which normally disables the task manager.Now due to this problem when ever the user press alt+ctrl+del to launch windows task manager it gives an error saying “Task Manager is being disabled by your administrator”.


To Enable the Disabled Task Manager on your system

1. Press window key+r to show run prompt

2. Follow the following steps

  1. Enter gpedit.msc in the run prompt and click OK
  2. In the Group Policy settings window
  3. Select User Configuration
  4. Select Administrative Templates
  5. Select System
  6. Select Ctrl+Alt+Delete options
  7. Select Remove Task Manager
  8. Double-click the Remove Task Manager option’.
  9. Set the property of this item as disabled.

Updated on 12th FEB 2008


For Those who use Windows XP Home Edition can use the registry to enable Task Manager

1. open start >> run and type regedit

2. Navigate to the following path:

Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
3. You will find a registry key with name DisableTaskMgr of type: REG_DWORD
4. Double click the key with and set the Value to 0

5. Exit the registry and restart to see the effect.

If you still get problems in enabling the disabled task manager on your windows XP system , please let us know through your comments

Updated on 12th October 2008 :

If the regitry editor is not opening or showing error, see the link to fix it here.

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Vicky Gupta December 11, 2007 at 3:21 am

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keep it up….

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Vajahat December 22, 2007 at 4:42 am

Hi, Thanks Dear, it really works!!!

Brindha December 22, 2007 at 10:24 am

Hi ,

The info was useful.

IF you give me solution for the below one
I have windows XP service pack 2 edition ..

MY task manager is disabled and when
i do ctrl + alt + del i get
“task manager disabled by administrator”

when i give gpedit.msc ” windows cannot find gpedit.msc make sure you type the name correct and try again. to search for a file try search button and serach the file”.

Pls suggest me a solution ….

I am unable to use regidit also …


Brindha December 22, 2007 at 10:24 am

Hi ,

The info was useful.

IF you give me solution for the below one
I have windows XP service pack 2 edition ..

MY task manager is disabled and when
i do ctrl + alt + del i get
“task manager disabled by administrator”

when i give gpedit.msc ” windows cannot find gpedit.msc make sure you type the name correct and try again. to search for a file try search button and serach the file”.

Pls suggest me a solution ….

I am unable to use regedit also …


prakash January 16, 2008 at 12:30 am



Your system is affected to virus pls reinstall or u can downlod the fixes from google site.

Mustafa Alami January 21, 2008 at 11:36 am


The information you give was exactly the one that solved my problem.

It realy worked !

Many thanks to you and your team.

Keep up the good work !

Neil V January 30, 2008 at 1:01 am

Hi abhishek,

My problem is that Taskmanager is grayed out from start bar & Ctrl+Alt+Del and it wont even work from the run prompt. I am running XP Home so I don’t have the gpedit.msc. I did a search in the registry (using regedit which works!!!) and found the Disable TaskMgr entry but that was set to 0. I have a backup drive in my machine which I can boot from if I change my drive order and the TaskMan.exe in that Windows dir is exactly the same as the one on my main boot drive (well it has the same date & size).

Any Ideas? I really don’t want to have to re-install & I can’t find my XP disc anyway, I still have the license key though!!

Thank in advance

Neil V

Arief January 30, 2008 at 11:35 pm

holy u did it u save me i get this task manager admin problem when i open my tumbdrive with virus and when i click heal with avg warning after i scan i get this problem thanks 2 yu i get my task manager back =) yu the best

pradeep February 12, 2008 at 11:55 pm

remove virus ntdetec1.exe will solve the problem
To remove it, run the following commands at the command prompt:

taskkill /im cmrss.exe
taskkill /im ntdetec1.exe
taskkill /im shell32.exe

Now, make sure you are in the root drive of your system. For example, if your Windows in installed in C:, make sure your prompt shows C:\>
Now, run the command..

attrib ntdetec1 -s -h /s /d

This will make the folder visible in explorer. Now you can Shift+Delete the folder from explorer.

Also, you might need to delete the following registry key (if it is present)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\ Run\”winlogon” = “C:\ntdetec1\run.exe”

Subramanya February 13, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Dear Trouble fixers,

To enable disabled Task manager and Regedit, you may use the software TaskManagerFix.exe and RegistryFix.exe to fix the trouble.


Paras March 15, 2008 at 8:10 pm

i have one problem…
my pc was infected of virus, i cleaned it by formatting. but seems viruses are still there, when i double click on hard drive it opens in a new window…also whn i rt clk any folder it shows “explore” option not “open”…
plzz help me

Rohit March 16, 2008 at 7:36 pm

@ paras
See the post at link below for solution to your problem

rajeesh March 20, 2008 at 7:01 am

hey thanks a lot…found it very usefull.

SHAMIM May 17, 2008 at 6:55 am

This sagetion is useful but if run command is not running properly du to virus then how I will use gpedit.msc and what will be alternate sagetion

yogesh sutrave June 20, 2008 at 7:43 am

hello i hounered to say that my problem is solved by this instruction keep following this step guys.

mtd July 23, 2008 at 12:41 am

I have already use RRT,Taskmanagerfix, Registryeditorfix to recover folder option lost, disable task manager and disable registry editor. But it cann’t be fixed.
Although folder options is reappear in tools menu, task manager and registry editor is still disable. In group policy editor task manager is already click “Not configured’ and cannot run regedit in start menu. how can I do . please advice me.


Vijay August 19, 2008 at 10:46 pm


I am using ScanDisk Pendrive,some of the problem and virus affected in my pendrive, i wll remove this virus for (New folder.exe) pl help for me

Mahesh Varma August 20, 2008 at 1:33 am

Realy its a wonderfull job by Trouble fixers. its most important to know the thinks like this

Veda Siddharth August 23, 2008 at 8:22 am

hi.. in my windows xp, after i type “regedit” in run command, nothing happens.. it is not opening at all.. any ideas??

Raghavendhar September 26, 2008 at 2:35 am

this website has provided all the information i needed.thank you .youve done a very good work.

donex October 11, 2008 at 3:17 am

i have done all the process but still the task manager doesn’t come-up…..what will i do???

H4TR3D October 11, 2008 at 3:49 pm

I did as you said, put in “regedit” and it says this, “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator.” I don’t know what to do now, so if you would please, send me an email on how to fix this problem.

Rohit October 12, 2008 at 8:07 am
yogendra November 8, 2008 at 4:12 am

have windows XP service pack 2 edition ..

MY task manager is disabled and when
i do ctrl + alt + del i get
“task manager disabled by administrator”

when i give gpedit.msc ” windows cannot find gpedit.msc make sure you type the name correct and try again. to search for a file try search button and serach the file”.

Pls suggest me a solution ….

I am unable to use regedit also …

APS November 28, 2008 at 5:06 am

Thanks for the sollution.Its solved my problem.

kichi December 8, 2008 at 10:27 pm

hi… can anyone help with my problem…..when i press ctrl+alt+del my pc shows that Task Manager is being disabled by your administrator and then it will restart by its own self…do any one have experiance this or gone through this problem before? please help me if any one have

thank you


nicole December 12, 2008 at 6:39 pm

I have Windows XP home edition service pack 3 and I have had the same problem with our task manager disabled by administrator so I was trying your steps to fix it and I tried to run gpedit.msc and it said it could not find this program, what do I do now?

sahil January 7, 2009 at 1:03 am

Thanks bro,
I think this info. works very well thanks and keep doing the good work.


Nathaniel February 7, 2009 at 6:42 am

thanks a lot… you really help me guys with my task manager is disable with the virus.. thank you..

kathir February 19, 2009 at 12:06 am

thank you,
its really help to easiy doing my work.

p@r@noid February 24, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Thanks for the tip

Ravneet March 11, 2009 at 9:46 am

Hi… I am really getting irritated by this problem…. not anything seems to be working…. i m using XP sp3… task manager & regedit has been disabled… when i try to run RRT then task manager option in this software is also removed… plz for god sake help me in this……..

Purple1222119 March 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm

I have Windows Home Edition, and in the path: Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
I have no system folder. Just explorer. What do I do?

Shruti April 19, 2009 at 4:33 am

I tried the Task Manager disabled solution, and it works!! Thanks a lot. Please keep this going!

D-company April 30, 2009 at 6:39 am

if task manager, and reg edit are disabled u may….use tune up utilities 2007 …it will provide u regeditor , as well as , task manager…as window provides !!

i hope it will help u , as it helped me !!
thanks deepak

sangeeta May 5, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Thanks!!! this REALLY works! finally!

Ronin May 26, 2009 at 2:26 am

Navigate to the following path:


I’m using Windows Vista Home Edition, while traversing through the above path, i dont see System after Policies.

Please advice,

Thanks in advance..

tapiwa June 2, 2009 at 4:21 am

it worked super. thanks

pali mittal June 4, 2009 at 5:23 am

use taskmanfix

Steve July 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Neither method in the article helped. Tried both methods. Haven’t looked through all the comments (yet).

The gpedit.msc instructions were a bit off for Windows XP (Pro) for Tablet PC, but close enough that I could follow them. The issue there was that “Remove Task Manager” was already set to “Not configured.” So that’s not the cause of my problems.

Second, the RegEdit instructions assumed there’d be a DisableTaskMgr key in my registry. There isn’t.

A possibly related issue — my administrative tools folder is empty, and tips online that I’ve followed to fix that issue have likewise not been successful.

shamik August 17, 2009 at 3:31 am

well i tried all solutions for restoring task manager available on the internet … but the problem is even after editing the registry i get a 1 or 2 second time to start the taskmanager after that automatically the registry gets modified … arent there any way to save the registry . On top of all this problm started right after installing the os … there was no chance of any virus attack , it would not solve even if i format the system .

shamik August 17, 2009 at 3:33 am

well i guess i have made mahself clear in the above post … if not … the bottomline is that the registy gets modified automatically within 1 or 2 secs after i edit it … what can i do ??

Gary Alt September 8, 2009 at 8:02 pm

My taskmgr was disabled by the Windows Protection Suite virus. I don’t get any error msgs, just nothing happens when I hit ctl-alt-del or type taskmgr in the Run command. I tried the regedit suggestion, but there is no subfolder “system” for the path HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System, and no value DisableTaskMgr anywhere in the registry. I am using XP home edition.

mhata October 6, 2009 at 6:56 am

It works you are a star

Ron November 10, 2009 at 4:54 am

i manage to open the task manager. but for about 5secs. the REG_DWORD DisableTaskMgr keeps returning.. how do i solve this probem

aks December 11, 2009 at 4:35 pm

thanks for sharing but in xp most of the time task manager disabled cause of some virus attacks.

Kenny March 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

This site was the best i have ever used so quick and easy.Thanks again

Kaizen March 26, 2010 at 5:31 am

Thank you for this…! It works..

But does that mean the virus is gone?

MJ March 31, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Hey guys good job thanks for get back task manager , however my admin privileges is removed i’m using windows 7 ultimate 64Bit is there any option to get back my privileges to control panel computer properties and other please help dont give an option to reinstall OS for this Khatra VIRUS problem…..

Steven April 14, 2010 at 7:56 am

err.. hello im steven.
In the
Select User Configuration
Select Administrative Templates
Select System
Select Ctrl+Alt+Delete options

I dont have the System in Administrative Templates. So.. how?

shaannbaby April 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm

thnku so much it reaily great………

vishu April 29, 2010 at 1:42 am

hey thnx man
tooooooo goooooooooodddd

Dino May 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Thanks a lot. You guys rock!

supa May 8, 2010 at 11:46 am

Thank for solving this my computer problem

paven May 11, 2010 at 9:56 am

Thanks For This.

mithil June 30, 2010 at 12:56 pm

it gives an error as registry editing has been disabled by administrator

Rohit June 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm

here is the solution to registry editing error – http://www.troublefixers.com/registry-editing-has-been-disabled-by-your-administrator/

Rakesh July 14, 2010 at 6:25 pm

My task Manager does not show when I do ctrl+alt+del but it try to show

Rakesh July 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm

How Can I Hide my desktop all desktop icon and “start” and task bar from my desktop

saiprasad July 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm

graphics lag when going through the ui

Madhu July 20, 2010 at 1:52 am

Thanks so much for the info/instructions.
I was able to enable my TaskManager.
Will get rid of the trojan/virus from my system.

Ankit August 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm

this is grt………

doki August 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm

thanks youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

ghanshyam August 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm

hello sir
thanks , it ‘s really very helpful.

Gene August 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Thanks, the procedure worked!

When I couldn’t close a frozen web site, due to the disabled task manager, I had to pull the plug. What else is that trojan up to?

chintan September 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm

thanks it really worked

Mehdi September 18, 2010 at 8:53 am

task manager has been disabled by the adminstrator problem
hi. nothing worked for me
i can’t install antivirus or spyware remover .
i can’t access regedit
rather my regedit opens in note pad when ever i try to open it.
waiting for help and suggestions plz

Voruganti Vishwanath October 6, 2010 at 7:10 am

Helped me… thnx buddy

Sathiya Narayanan October 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Thanks for the post.. Really helpful…

mel October 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

please help me i cant open also the task driver everytime i click the ctrl+alt+delete any easy way to fix this problem???? please help thanks

gaurav November 3, 2010 at 10:33 am

I am using windows xp sp 2 professional. Some virus has gained control over my administration. My task manager has been disabled. Also when i insert any cd or dvd in my dvd drive. My pc is unable to read it. I tried your solution but of no use. What should i do?

Gaurav mittal November 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

that worked
keep it up

keshav gupta December 7, 2010 at 9:43 am

thanks for the help,because it is very importent for me

Sreenath December 17, 2010 at 9:51 pm

thanks yar you r great ??

Tonitoh January 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Hi. thank you very much because I have got what I exactly wanted.
Thank you great idea.

Arjun January 6, 2011 at 9:00 am

thanks yar its nice and easy to solve the problem i solve my problem thanks aloat for giving help

Mohamed Boska January 24, 2011 at 12:29 am

Hello There,
Thanks alot it really worked ..
but i need an answer for this >>>
How can we remove this kind of viruses and how to know where they are and if there were on our pcs any more or no ?
Thanks so much

arun manakkad February 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm

i did all things which are mentioned, bt i can’t solve the problem. after disabling the option in gpedit.msc, within 2 sec taskmanager disabled…………….
give me a solution……..
i know you are storm fire brainz…. help me
i am using xp sp2

Alex March 15, 2011 at 1:43 am

my task manager is still disabled..
is it a virus? i have avast but it wont rid of the virus’s! help!!!!

venu April 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

i am still encountering problems in opening the task manager…i have khatra.exe in my system which is, may be blocking the system from opening the task manager …please help!!!

sandeep April 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

thanks it really works. . :))

varun April 20, 2011 at 4:49 am

Task Manager is not opening at all.
Either right click on task bar or ctrl+alt+delete -> Start Task Manager doesn’t work for me.
Please help.

mamta April 20, 2011 at 8:53 am

plz help me

i have applied 2 methods for enable task manager but it again desable when i rstart pc
plz give permanent solution

Javed ali May 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

This link rocks……thaks for your help

Jax June 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm

3rd cunning plan :) this one worked like a charm, thx!

mike June 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm

ThAAAAAAAAAAAnks very help ful deeply appreciated

DAwood June 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Thnx it really work

Predrag June 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Your technical help is great and help me in several occasions. However in this one, i can’t get forward. Namely in the description of regedit:
Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

There is no folder \system within the policies, only the folder\explorer.

Thank you many times in advance for your advice how to get around of this problem.

Great work !


Edridge,Kenya July 8, 2011 at 2:48 am

it worked.Thanks alot

krishna September 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm

hello sir i have a problem with virus name khatra.exe plz tell me how to remove his virus

HELP ME PLEASE! September 20, 2011 at 4:23 am

When i do cntrl + alt + del it says “task manager has been disabled by your administrator”
and when i try WINDOWS KEY + R it says “this operation has been cancelled due to restrictions on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.” PLEASE HELP ME!

Gokulakrishnan September 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Thanx a lot, I actually thought to format my drives so that I could enable the task bar option, and well in time I found this site, and set it right and my precious time was saved, Bravo to the person who initiated this site and also for the people who helped me.
Thanx a lot

sur October 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm

it worked.Thanks alot

Mehdi kayhan November 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Dear sir/madam
I followed the steps for enabling task manager.But when we apply, task manager appears but when we press OK task manager disappears and my task manager is still disabled, I would be very grateful if you guide me.

Rose November 24, 2011 at 6:52 am

When I press contro+Alt + Del, I get amessage telling me that task manager has been disable.Also I can’t get my icon to come up on my desk top.And all my folders are coming up empty.Can you please tell me what is going on and how I can fix this problem on my our with out taking it somewhere to be fix. Thanks.

anjumali December 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm

thanks yaar its simply great

Lezo December 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Got the problem in window xp
1. i’m unable to open all the drives by double
2. when i start my computer it display ( invalid ini files booting C/ window )
3. Nothing display on the screen except the wallpaper and the only way i can get in is by pressing ctrl+alt+del that is on the task manager.
4. now when i start my pc is display a box displaying log in the window and when i try to put the password it display saving your setting after about 5 sec it display the same box
help me if u got the solution

Soni December 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I tried all the ways you have given but task manager is enabled only for a minute and again the task manager is disabled. My system is not allowing me to install any anti virus software, please let me know how to remove the virus.

Cal December 16, 2011 at 3:54 am

Excellent job…this worked like a dream, and thanks so much for posting the advise

harshkumar December 25, 2011 at 10:25 am

when i type regedit then i got a error msg “task manager disabled by administrator”
pls help me how can i solve this problem.

Mazhar Warrior January 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Your technical help is great and help me in several occasions. However in this one, i can’t get forward. Namely in the description of regedit:
Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

There is no folder \system within the policies, only the folder\explorer.

Plzzzz Help me sooooonnnn.,.,

Thank you many times in advance for your advice how to get around of this problem.

Great work !


Anilkumar B January 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

Dear , after trying the same too, my task manager is still disabled… So please come up with solution.. Awaiting for ur reply

sanober February 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

hi; I am still facing same problem the task manger is disable . when I was doing the above procedure the message came that ” WMASF .Dll is not install.
please help

pups February 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm

hey even though i tried to do all those u said i could not get my task manager back when i hit ctrl+alt+del i get windows security page with log off ,lock the computer, shutdown button so on with the taskmanager key disabled ..please give the idea to come out of this..

harish March 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm

i thank u a lot in finding me a way
its good

Anil March 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm

my taskmanager is working but next tym again block by administrator. ???

Pawel March 31, 2012 at 4:06 am

you are great ! works.

navazkhan April 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

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