There are some cases in which you might want to disable Task Manager in Windows 10. There are also opposite situations, when you want to enable Task Manager, like when your computer was infected by malware that disabled the Task Manager. In such a case, every time you try to launch it, you only get a message saying that the \\"Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator.\\" Regardless of your reasons, here are four different ways in which you can enable or disable Task Manager. You can choose to use our free TaskMgrED tool for enabling or disabling Task Manager, the Windows Registry (regedit), Command Prompt or PowerShell, or even by changing a local policy (GPO).\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNOTE: To be able to disable the Task Manager in Windows 10, you need to be logged on as an administrator.\r\n1. How to disable Task Manager using our TaskMgrEd tool\r\nThe easiest way to disable the Task Manager in Windows 10 is to use a tool that we made for you, called TaskMgrEd. Download TaskMgrEd using this link or the one at the end of this section. Save it somewhere on your Windows 10 PC, and then double-click on it.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe TaskMgrEd tool provided by Digital Citizen\r\n\r\nWhen you launch TaskMgrEd, the SmartScreen filter warns you that it comes from an untrusted publisher. You get this notification because it\\'s a tool that we created, and there aren\\'t that many people using it worldwide. The tool is safe and doesn\\'t do any damage. It\\'s just a script that we wrote in PowerShell, and we encapsulated it inside an executable file with a simple graphical user interface. To be able to use our tool, click or tap on \\"More info\\" and then choose to \\"Run anyway.\\"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChoosing to run TaskMgrEd on the SmartScreen notification\r\n\r\nEach time you open TaskMgrEd, UAC asks you to run it as an administrator. Click or tap on Yes.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTaskMgrEd needs administrative rights\r\n\r\nYou should see a small window like the one illustrated in the image below. To disable the Task Manager on your Windows 10 PC, click or tap on \\"Disable Task Manager.\\"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDisable Task Manager on Windows 10 with TaskMgrEd\r\n\r\nIf all worked out well, you should see a message letting you know that \\"Task Manager has been disabled.\\"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTask Manager has been disabled\r\n\r\nTo enable or re-enable Task Manager on your Windows 10 computer, click or tap on \\"Enable Task Manager.\\" TaskMgrEd should then inform you that \\"Task Manager has been enabled.\\"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEnable Task Manager on Windows 10 with TaskMgrEd\r\n\r\nNOTE: Although we created this tool for Windows 10, it should also work on older Windows operating systems such as Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and even Windows XP. If you encounter any issues with it, let us know via the comments section from the bottom of this article.\r\n\r\nDownload: TaskMgrED\r\n\r\n\r\n2. How to disable Task Manager using the Windows Registry (regedit)\r\nYou can also use the Windows Registry if you want to disable the Task Manager. To do so, open regedit and navigate to this location: \\"ComputerHKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem.\\" Then, on the right side of the window, double-click to open the DisableTaskMgr property.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe DisableTaskMgr item from the Windows Registry\r\n\r\nIn the \\"Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value\\" window, set the \\"Value data\\" to 1 (one) and press the OK button if you want to disable Task Manager.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDisable Task Manager from the Windows Registry\r\n\r\nTo enable Task Manager, follow the same path, and set the value of the DisableTaskMgr to 0 (zero).\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEnable Task Manager from the Windows Registry\r\n\r\nNote that, if you don\\'t find the DisableTaskMgr item in your Windows Registry, you can and should create it yourself by using the right-click menu to create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nJust make sure that you type the correct name for the item: DisableTaskMgr.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCreating the DisableTaskMgr item in Windows Registry\r\n\r\n3. How to disable Task Manager using Command Line (cmd) or PowerShell\r\nIf you prefer using a command-line environment, open PowerShell, or Command Prompt as an administrator. Then, to disable Task Manager, run the following command: reg add HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem \/v DisableTaskMgr \/t REG_DWORD \/d 1 \/f.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDisable Task Manager from the Command Prompt\r\n\r\nTo enable Task Manager from Command Prompt run this command: reg add HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem \/v DisableTaskMgr \/t REG_DWORD \/d 0 \/f.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEnable Task Manager from the Command Prompt\r\n\r\n4. How to disable Task Manager using Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)\r\nIf you\\'re using Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can also use local policies to enable or disable Task Manager. Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) and navigate to \\"User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Ctrl+Alt+Del Options.\\" Then, on the right side of the window, double-click or double-tap to open \\"Remove Task Manager.\\"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Remove Task Manager policy\r\n\r\nIn the \\"Remove Task Manager\\" window, select Enabled and push OK or Apply if you want to disable Task Manager.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDisable Task Manager from the Local Group Policy Editor\r\n\r\nIf what you want is to enable Task Manager, select Disabled or \\"Not configured\\" in the \\"Remove Task Manager\\" window and then save your choice by pushing OK or Apply.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEnable Task Manager from the Local Group Policy Editor\r\n\r\nTIP: For more about using the Local Group Policy Editor, read this guide: What is the Local Group Policy Editor, and how do I use it?.\r\nWhat happens when you disable Task Manager in Windows 10?\r\nRegardless of the method you chose to disable it, if you try now to open the Task Manager using any of its shortcuts (like the one in the Start Menu) or using search, all you get is a message that tells you that the \\"Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator.\\"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTask Manager has been disabled by your administrator\r\n\r\nIf you try to open it using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc, nothing happens. Furthermore, even the shortcut for Task Manager that used to be shown on the \\"Ctrl + Alt + Del\\" screen is gone.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTask Manager option removed from the Ctrl + Alt + Del screen\r\n\r\nThat\\'s it!\r\nWhy did you want to disable the Task Manager in Windows 10?\r\nWe\\'re curious why you wanted to disable Task Manager on your Windows 10 computer? What was your reason for that? Or did you get to our article while looking for ways to re-enable Task Manager? You can reach us on this subject in the comments section below.
12 replies on How disable the Task Manager in Windows 10
I know this is for Windows 7 tutorials however I was wondering if this works on any other operating systems?
It works on Windows Vista and XP too.
I’m running windows 7 ultimate and I purposely got a virus on one of my dummy pcs and when I went to go kill the process (of the virus) it just kept coming back. I ran the virus scanner it said it successfully removed, had to reboot. Then after reboot my task manager was disabled used this program reenabled it. But that virus process was still there and could not kill it. So basically what I’m asking is do you know of a program to be able to by pass the virus and kill the process? I tried killbox but it does not work on windows 7.
You will have very little chance to kill the virus by using Windows commands. Try to install a good antivirus, understand which virus you have and, if the antivirus is not able to remove it, search for a removal tool specific to that virus, download it and run it.
Try using Process Hacker (also install KProcessHacker in the advanced options), after install and run press Ctrl+Shift+R Select the user NT AUTHORITYSYSTEM and run taskkill /f /IM “virus exe.exe”
after downloading this little program, and i disable the task manager will the hotkeys bring up the task manager and show what is running. i am trying to hide what is running.
This program doesn’t hide running programs. It just disables the task manager. Nothing else.
program worked perfectly on my windows 7
For Enable or Disable the Task Manager
Open The Registry Editor.
Then Navigate To.
In the Key Double Click on the ‘DisableTaskMgr’ Key
Type the Value ‘0’ in the Key.
This will Enable Task Manager.
Or type the Value ‘1’ for Disable Task Manager
OR Simply Download any application from internet To Enable Task Manager.
Here is the Link for One Application called ‘Task Manager Fixer’.
This is very tiny application & Take just one click for enable or Disable
Here is the Link for Application
Hello, please update it to be compatible with windows 8, thank u for ur effort 🙂
Why disabling task manager? Well, the may reason is that you can run command line from the task manager – basically you can elevate the access right via the tools. Also, you can force a restore and basically boot from USB. So main reason, Cybersecurity…
I just wanted to know how to defend against some viruses instantly without googling it in the moment .