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How to Fix “Task Manager has been Disabled by Your Administrator”?

June 21st, 2011 No comments

I can’t access Folder Options in Windows Explorer. Task Manager and Registry Editing is also disabled. I get an error dialog box which says that they are disabled by the administrator. How do you solve this hell?

This is a common problem in Windows. When you open the Task Manager, it doesn’t open and the option is grayed out. Sometimes, only the Task Manager is disabled, but many times the registry editing and folder options are also disabled.

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Trying to run the Task Manager using the RUN dialog box shows the following error:

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Running it with the Windows shortcut Ctrl-Alt-Del or Ctrl-Shift-Esc keys has no effect.

If your computer is part of a local network or if you are not a computer administrator, it’s possible that the administrator has disabled or restricted it using the registry editor or the group policy.

In case you are the sole user of your computer, it’s most likely that your system is infected with a virus, which has disabled the Task Manager. Many times, the registry editor and the folder options in Windows Explorer are also disabled.

Once you’ve removed the virus, follow the simple step given below to restore the Task Manager again.

Copy and paste the following into the RUN dialog box and press the Enter key (or click OK):

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

If the above command doesn’t work or gives an error saying that the registry has been disabled by the administrator, download and run the small utility to enable the Task Manager from here.

Here’s a VB script which also enables the Task Manager. Download it from here, then unzip and run it by double-clicking on it.

If Registry editor is also disabled, then download, unzip and run the VB script to enable it.

For enabling Folder Options, download, unzip and run this VB script.