If you’re having trouble opening the Task Manager and can’t close the malicious program manually, this article will show you how to solve it.
Have you ever run into a situation where you can’t open Task Manager in Windows 10? Whenever you try to open it manually or by using a shortcut key, an error message appears that says, “Task Manager Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator.”
This can be annoying if you are trying to close a program that is behaving improperly or trying to check the details of a process running on your PC. In this article, we will walk you through the best solutions to fix your Task Manager if it is not working.
What Causes the Error Task Manager Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator
Windows Task Manager is a useful tool that you can use to check all running processes on your PC and to stop programs that are not working. You can access it in various ways, such as pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc and choose Task Manager, or press the Button Windows + R and typing taskmgr followed by pressing Enter.
Sometimes, when you try to use Task Manager to stop a task, a third-party program, virus, or spyware might prevent you from using it. They will disable the Task Manager so that when you try to open it an error will appear which displays, “Task Manager Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator”.
To fix this error, you need to log in to Windows 10 as administrator first. If you’re not a PC administrator, it’s also possible that your administrator disabled Task Manager. Administrators can do this to prevent you from closing critical security programs, such as anti-malware and anti-virus.
If you are not a PC administrator, you can request administrator rights or ask your administrator to activate the Task Manager.
If that is not the case, and your Task Manager is not working due to a virus or malware, you can fix it using the methods we provide in this article.
Fix Task Manager Using Registry Editor
Press the button Windows + R. From here, type “Regedit” and click Enter. When you are at the User Account Control prompt, click the button Yes to open the Registry Editor in Windows 10.
In the left-hand navigation pane of the Registry Editor, navigate to the System key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > System.
If the System button is present, you can skip to the next step. If the System Key is not in Key Policies, you can create one. To do this, right click on Key Policies, click New, click Key and then name it “System“.
Click button System and, in the right pane, you will see a Key named “DisableTaskMgrAgain, if this Key is not available, you will have to create one. To do this, right-click on the Key System, click New and then select DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name this newly created DWORD value”DisableTaskMgr” and click Enter. If this value is already available, you can skip to the next step.
Double click value DisableTaskMgr; a window will appear. In this window, set the value data to “0“, and click OK to complete.
The Task Manager should be accessible as soon as you complete these steps. If not, restart your PC and see if that method is effective. Or, you can try other methods that we provide.
Fix Task Manager Using Registry File
If you’re not used to editing the Registry or don’t like the idea, you can create a Registry file manually. This will automatically change the Registry Key and fix your Task Manager.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Save the document as “DisableTaskMgr.reg“.
Double click the file DisableTaskMgr.reg to open it. When you are at the User Account Control prompt, click the button Yes to continue. Task Manager should be immediately accessible. If you still can’t access it, restart your PC.
Fix Task Manager Using Group Policy Editor
Group Policy Editor is a feature in Windows that is used to edit local policy settings. Please note that you can only edit Local Group Policy if you have Windows 10 Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions.
Here’s how to fix Task Manager using Group Policy Editor.
Press the button Windows + R, then type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.
In the left side navigation pane, go to: User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Ctrl+Alt+Del Options. Then, in the right side pane, double click on the item Remove Task Manager.
A window will appear, and you have to select an option Disabled or Not Configured. From here, click Apply and then click OK.
Your Task Manager issue will be resolved once you finish implementing these steps. If the problem persists, restart your PC and check if the issue is resolved. If this method doesn’t solve your problem, you can try other fixes that we have provided.
Fix Task Manager Using Command Prompt
When you type the correct commands in Command Prompt, you can handle and troubleshoot most of your Windows 10 PC problems with ease. You can use Command Prompt to repair Task Manager by following these steps:
Press the button Windows + R. From here, type “CMD” and click Ctrl + Shift + Enter. When you are at the User Account Control prompt, click the Yes button to run the Command Prompt as administrator.
In the Command Prompt, type the following:
REG add HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
Press Enter to continue.
When the Command Prompt displays “The operation completed successfully,” your Task Manager should now be repaired. Restart your computer for these changes to take effect.
Your Task Manager Should Now Be Up And Running
We have discussed the best methods that can help you fix Task Manager in Windows 10, and you can apply the one that works best for you. When you encounter the “Task Manager Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator” error in the future, you should be able to resolve it in a few seconds.