How To Enable Windows Task Manager Using A Registry Trick

In the previous post, we have written how to disable Task Manager using a registry trick. In this post let us see how to disable Windows Task Manager in Windows Server 2003 / 2008, Windows XP and Windows Vista

Process for Enabling Task Manager

  1. Open the Start Menu by clicking on the “Start” button. Select “Run” to open the run command box, type in “regedit” and press “Enter” key to open “Registry Editor”. Incase of Windows Vista, choose “Start Search” from the Start Menu and type in “regedit” and press “Enter”.
  2. Locate and select the registry key mentioned below:
    To enable or turn on Task Manager for the user who is currently logged-on,
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
    To enable or turn on Task Manager for all users on the system,
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  3. Check in the right window pane and locate the registry entry “DisableTaskMgr”.
  4. Now, right-click on the registry entry “DisableTaskMgr”. You need to choose the option “Delete” in order to remove it. You may alternatively alter its value data and make it “0”.
  5. Exit the Registry Editor.

The Task Manager will now be available. This registry trick works with most Windows Operating Systems including Windows Server 2003/2008, Windows XP and Vista.

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