Fix Task Manager Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator
In addition to disabling registry editing, various Windows malware often disables Windows Task Manager, for the purpose of hindering experienced user's ability to detect it in the list of running programs and kick it out of the system.
This article explains how to fix task manager has been disabled by administrator error message. Enable Task Manager in Windows back again, restore ability to run Windows Task Manager.
1. Symptoms of the problem
When starting Windows Task Manager an error message like this appears:
It may also appear in localized form in non-English versions of Windows.
2. True reason why are you getting Task Manager Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator error
Usually taskmgr.exe is disabled by malware (virus, trojan, spyware or something like that). Malware runs in memory as ordinary process, and it can be killed from Task Manager. So, malware cuts off user access to Task Manager, in order to survive.
Even after malware is removed by antivirus, user access to Task Manager may still remain disabled.
This article explains how to enable it back.
3. How to fix Task Manager Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator error
Emergency Boot CD is a powerful toolset to fix unbootable computers and recover data from them. One of EBCD tools is an offline Registry Editor, which can make changes to the Windows Registry from the outside of Windows.
Using EBCD Registry Editor, you'll be able to change DisableTaskMgr value to 0 in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System, so enable Task Manager in Windows.
4. Step by step guide of using EBCD to enable Task Manager in Windows
1) Download EBCD and burn it to CD/DVD according to the instructions, then set up your BIOS to boot from CD. You need full EBCD version to actually write changes to the disk, but it's recommended to try demo version first to make sure there are no hardware incompatibilities.
2) Boot from EBCD, wait until the main menu appears.
3) Wait while EBCD scans all local disks for Windows installations
4) Choose your Windows installation from the list
5) Choose Registry Hive you want to edit (HKEY_USERS\User), where User
is your default username in Windows.
6) EBCD Registry Editor appears, as shown below:
7) Navigate to Software registry key with your mouse or UP, DOWN and ENTER keys on the keyboard:
8) Navigate to Microsoft registry key:
9) Navigate to Windows registry key:
10) Navigate to CurrentVersion registry key:
11) Navigate to Policies registry key:
12) Navigate to System registry key:
13) Enter that key and press TAB to switch to the right panel (you may also click it with a mouse):
14) Find the value DisableTaskMgr of type REG_DWORD
and navigate to its Data.
15) Go to the black (editable) area with RIGHT/LEFT keys on the keyboard and press DEL key to clear the data:
16) Press 0 key (zero key) on the keyboard to enter the new data:
17) Finally, in the main menu of EBCD, choose "Reboot" or press F10:
5. Questions & answers
Q: Where is HKEY_CURRENT_USER?
Q: What if there are multiple users with disabled taskmgr.exe?
Q: I've set DisableBootMgr=0 in HKEY_USERS\...\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
but taskmgr.exe still gives me the same error message "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator".
Q: Can I use EBCD registry editor to change other keys and values not mentioned in this acticle?