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Old 10-17-2006
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Exclamation Win XP : Task Manager Trouble

OS Windows XP SP 2 with updates

I have recently installed updates, tried to terminate a program via task manager but was confronted with the message similar to administrator has disabled task manager, I did not turn it of or disable it.

How can it turn it on again ?
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idea Re: Win XP : Task Manager Trouble

When you try to open Task Manager, the following error may occur:

Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator

This error is caused by restrictions placed in Registry. DisableTaskMgr value is set to 1. To enable Task Manager, try any of these methods:


Method 1
Click Start, Run and type this command exactly as given below: (better - Copy and paste)

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

Method 2
Download and run this []REG fix[/url] and double-click it.

Method 3
Open Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) and navigate to:
HKCU \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies\ System

In the right-pane, double-click DisableTaskMgr and set it's data to 0

Method 4: Using Group Policy Editor - for Windows XP Professional
Click Start, Run, type gpedit.msc and click OK.
Navigate to this path
User Configuration
=> Administrative Templates
==> System
===> Ctrl+Alt+Delete Options
====> Remove Task Manager

Double-click the Remove Task Manager option.
Set the policy to Not Configured.
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Old 12-13-2010
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Default Re: Win XP : Task Manager Trouble

I have found a nice alternative solution to enable the task manager here [url][/url]
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