How To: Enable TASK MANAGER disabled by administrator or virus

You just tried to launch task manager to manage some tasks, processes or services but you are met with the message that "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator". You then tried Ctrl+Alt+Del and realized the Task Manager option is gone. You are probably the administrator and you don't remember when you disabled your task manager.


Well, this is often caused by viruses that do not want you to kill their process. So, without much talks, lets list the steps (with pictures) on how to enable your task manager.
  • Press the 'Windows key + R' or simply search 'Run' from start menu and launch it.
  • Type 'gpedit.msc' without quotes and press enter or click on Okay.

This should launch 'Local Group Policy Editor'.
  • From the left navigation pane, Click the small arrow before 'User Configuration' and then the arrow before 'Administrative Template', then the arrow before 'System'

  • Double click on 'Ctrl+Alt+Del Options'
  • On the right pane, double click on 'Remove Task Manager'. (It won't be removed, just to configure :) )
This should open the 'Remove Task Manager' window.
  • It should be enabled, just select 'Disabled' or 'Not Configured' and Apply your changes.

Congrats, your task manager should work fine now.

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