How to Restore the Task Manager

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Viruses and other malware disable your Task Manager so they can continue infiltrating your system without letting you kill their processes. In this case, you get an error saying that your Task Manager has been disabled by an administrator. If an administrator didn’t stop your Task Manager, or you logged in through the administrator account, you must enable it through the registry. Eliminating the malware that disabled it on its own doesn’t restore the Task Manager.

  • Hold down the “Start” key (sometimes seen as a small Windows icon) on your keyboard and press “R.”

  • Write the following command in the new window:

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

    This tells your operating system to add an entry to your registry that enables the task manager.

  • Click “OK” to execute this command. Your task manager should work now.

Tips & Warnings

  • Type the command in Step 2 literally as you see it. If you make any mistake in the command, you might harm your operating system installation.

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