How To Enable Task Manager In Windows Server 2003 / 2008, Vista, XP

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.

How To Disable Task Manager In Windows Server 2003 / 2008, Vista, XP

How To Disable Windows Task Manager Using A Registry Trick

Windows Task Manager is basically a task management utility included in Windows Operating Systems which provides you with a detailed view of CPU usage, running applications and processes, logged-in users, commit charge, network activity/ statistics and information on memory, computer performance and system services.

You may also use Task Manager to set processor affinity, process priorities, forcibly terminate various running processes and restart, shutdown, hibernate or log-off your system. With the Task Manager Utility having such powerful functionality and capabilities, system administrator might not want other users to run it.

It is possible that the system administrator disables the Task Manager Utility to prevent other users from using it. However, the administrator also has to block access to the Registry Editor to make the restriction on Task Manager to work.

Sometimes, the task Manager automatically stops working due to Trojan or other malware which intelligently disable the Task Manager to prevent system users from forcibly terminating malware processes.

However, you may enable or disable the Windows Task Manager on your system by performing a simple registry trick.

Process for Disabling Task Manager

  1. Click on the “Start” button to open the Start Menu and select “Run”. In 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 disable or block Task Manager for the user who is currently logged-on,
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  3. To disable or block Task Manager for all users on the system,

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    If the key “System” is not present, you will have to create one. For creating a new key, you need to simply right-click on “Policies”, go to the option “New” in the context menu and select “Key”. Name it as “System”.

  4. Now right-click on the registry key “System”, go to “New” and select “DWORD (32-bit) Value”. Name it as “DisableTaskMgr”.
  5. Double-click on the registry entry “DisableTaskMgr”. Its value data needs to be set as “1”.
  6. Exit the Registry Editor.

The process will immediately disable the Task Manager and users will not be able to open or run Task Manager anymore. The moment a user attempts to run the file “taskmgr.exe” or tries to open Task Manager using key combinations such as Ctrl+Alt+Del or Ctrl+Shift+Esc, windows will show an error message saying that the administrator has disabled the Task Manager.

Also, when the user right-clicks on the Taskbar, he/she finds that the “Task Manager” option in the context menu has been grayed out.

Read this post if you want to enable task manager.

How To Repair / Install Recovery Console / NTLDR In Startup Windows Server 2003

Easy Procedure For Installing Recovery Console On Windows XP/2003/2000 As NTLDR Startup Option

Note: I have tested if this helps us install recovery console in windows 7, if any reader tries it out, please let me know how the process goes.

If you have been using Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, you must be aware of the Recovery Console (RC) feature that is present in all these operating systems. This console helps the user recover the system if it fails to boot by making use of a limited array of tasks that can be executed through command line interface.

You may invoke the Recovery Console with the help of the installation CD-ROM. You normally need to boot up using the CD and repair Windows XP/2003/2000 system using this Recovery Console.

If you are unable to boot up using the CD or you aren’t willing to alter any boot device priority settings in BIOS, you may as well get the recovery console installed into your local hard disk. By doing this, you can select recovery console option from the boot-time menu that is offered by NTLDR.

It is impossible to install the RC on an updated Windows system using old version of Winnt32.exe present on the setup CDs. Hence, you need to install the Console into the local hard disk prior to installing any kind of service pack.

If you try installing Recovery Console with the old CD on Windows having integrated service pack, the system shows an error message notifying you that the set up is unable to continue as the version on CD is older than the Windows version running on your computer.

To prevent such an issue, it is advisable to install the RC as soon as the installation of Windows is over. You need to follow the below mentioned procedure to get Recovery Console installed as a NTLDR startup option.

First of all, logon to Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 with administrator rights. You have to note that network policy settings might not allow you to complete the procedure incase your system is linked to a network.

Once you logon to Windows XP/2003/2000, place the Windows XP/2003/2000 CD in the CD-ROM drive. You will see a prompt asking you whether you wish to upgrade Windows. Just select “No” or else close the window.

Go to Start Menu and select “RUN”. Type the command mentioned below. As another option, you may use command prompt to type the command.

x:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

You need to replace “x” in the command with drive letter of DVD-ROM or CD-ROM so that it finds the proper Winnt32.exe file present on the CD. Further, just follow the instructions given on the screen to complete the procedure.

Now that you have installed Recovery Console into the boot menu, it is possible to select it to run each time you start the computer. You no more need to boot using a CD.