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How to enable Windows task manager and Windows registry editor (regedit) in XP

Updated on May 28, 2012

If you are a computer user then you might also have heard about viruses. There are few viruses which do havoc on prey computer and changes its behavior drastically. I also use computer and many time got some strange response from computer, for example when I tried to “show hidden folders” from folder option, it didn’t and reverted back to “Don’t show hidden file and folders”. Not only this when I tried to hit “Ctrl + Alt + Del” it shown a message stating that “Task manager has been disabled by administrator”. It was very strange to me because I was doing this from an account having administrative privilege. I asked few techs who are experienced in this field but they didn’t have any answer. Few suggested me to format and install a fresh OS. But I don’t want to format because you know again I have to spend hours to install all required softwares and drivers. So I had tired few trick found on websites and enabled task manager and registry editor in my Windows XP PC and I am going to share this with you.

But before you follow the procedure mentioned here I would suggest you to make your pc virus free. Update your antivirus and scan your computer thoroughly because if virus still lives in your computer then all your hard work will become useless. To use this trick please log into account having administrative privilege or something similar. This method worked fine in Windows 2000 & Windows XP.

Error message appears

Task manager disabled when you right click on taskbar.
Task manager disabled when you right click on taskbar.
When you press Ctrl+Alt+Del, you get error message.
When you press Ctrl+Alt+Del, you get error message. | Source
When you type 'regedit' in run prompt, you get error message.
When you type 'regedit' in run prompt, you get error message. | Source

To enable Task Manager do the following:

To enable Task Manager that was disabled by some virus please do the following to get back access.

  • Click on “Start” then on “Run” or alternatively you can press Windows Key and R to open ‘Run prompt’ or see “Run prompt” image.
  • Now type “gpedit.msc” without quotes in the textbox and hit Enter key. This should open ‘Group Policy Editor’.
  • Now follow to: User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System-> Ctrl+Alt+Del Options or see image of “Group Policy of Task Manager”.
  • Now on right side pane you will find “Remove Task Manager”, double click it. It will open “Remove Task Manager properties”.
  • Now select “Disabled” radio button and click Apply and OK and you Task Manger is enabled or see image “Remove Task Manager properties”.

This is how you can enable task manager disabled by virus or any malware. If for any reason you cannot access Group Policy Editor’ (XP home does not have Group Policy Editor’) then you can try alternate method. Press Windows key + R and copy paste following lines in the textbox without quotes and hit Enter key.

REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Now you can open Task Manager but if cannot open then restart your PC and then try to open Task Manager. Still you have any problem then drop comment with Operating System name. I’ll try my best to solve your problem.

If this thing is a bit confusing for then you can download a batch file created by me and double click and it will do the job.

Download

Enable Task Manager in Windows XP

Run Prompt
Run Prompt
Group Policy of Task Manager
Group Policy of Task Manager
Remove Task Manager properties
Remove Task Manager properties

To enable Registry Editor (Regedit) do the following:

To enable Registry Editor that was disabled by some virus please do the following to get back access.

  • Click on “Start” then on “Run” or alternatively you can press Windows Key and R to open ‘Run prompt’ or see “Run prompt” image.
  • Now type “gpedit.msc” without quotes in the textbox and hit Enter key. This should open ‘Group Policy Editor’.
  • Now follow to: User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System or see image of “Group Policy of Task Manager”.
  • Now on right side pane you will find “Prevent access to registry editing tools”, double click it. It will open “Prevent access to registry editing tools properties”.
  • Now select “Disabled” radio button and click Apply and OK and you Registry Editor is enabled or see image “Prevent access to registry editing tools properties”.

This is how you can enable regedit in Windows XP disabled by virus or any malware. If for any reason you cannot access Group Policy Editor’ (XP home does not have Group Policy Editor’) then you can try alternate method. Press Windows key + R and copy paste following lines in the textbox without quotes and hit Enter key.

REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f”.

Now you can open Registry Editor (regedit) but if cannot open then restart your PC and then try to open Registry Editor (regedit). Still you have any problem then drop comment with Operating System name. I’ll try my best to solve your problem.

If this thing is a bit confusing for then you can download a batch file created by me and double click and it will do the job.

Download

Run Prompt
Run Prompt
Group Policy of Registry Editor
Group Policy of Registry Editor
Prevent access to registry editing tools properties
Prevent access to registry editing tools properties

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      Subhradeep 7 years ago

      It didn't work....Its ol da same as it was before.....It got enabled bt da task manager is still not openin......

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      RAJKISHOR SAHU 7 years ago from Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA

      Hello Subhradeep : If this trick didn’t work then you should tell me which trick you applied, you operating system name and error you are getting after applying this trick. and importantly should left any email for contact.

      Thanks

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      Arjun 7 years ago

      Hi there, am trying to disable task manager and am having no luck. Have tried both options (gpedit.msc and regedit). This seems to work on standalone pc's but not a networked pc.... Is this the problem? Can disable everything else ie. lock computer, change password and remove logoff. Am using xp professional sp2. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

      Thankyou, Arjun.

      Email: arjun.kenth@vanderlande.com

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      Ravi 7 years ago

      Thanks this was really helpful.

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      TUNNA PRASAD 7 years ago

      THANK U VIKY YOUR SUPPORT

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      jignesh ashar 7 years ago

      thanks yaar you have solved my problem its really works thank you so much

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      KMST 7 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Really good knowledge, TaskMgr and Regedit are really so important and I just cant think Windows without those utils.

      Gpedit.msc really offers hundreds of options that we should atleast try to go through once.

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      Dinesh 7 years ago

      Thank you friend for your kind support, but I'm depressed to tell you that it didn't work for me. I tried MBAM, Trojan Remover both of which showed my registry and task manager to have been disabled by a virus, but none of them managed to remove the hijacked settings despite several tries and reboots.

      Further help would be appreciated

      My OS is XP professional

      Core2Duo

      2gb ram

      2GHz

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      G.V.Reddy 7 years ago

      Excellent Boss, U have not only resolved my issue regarding task manager & REGEDIT , but also u gave me the scope to earn more knowledge on WINDOWS and showed me the path to resolve so many related problems myself.

      THANKS A LOT FROM MY HEART

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      bhawna  6 years ago

      wow thanx a lot........................

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      wavenet 6 years ago

      Hey windows lovers

      First and foremost.... Thanks for the post. Nice information.

      Windows lovers sorry to disappoint you... but it took such a long time to get these this things on my friends machine...... Linux rules man... try using it's command prompt commands... its lightening fast dude...... Penguin Rules.......

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      Ramesh 6 years ago

      Gpedit method works perfectly for me..thanks.

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      kit 6 years ago

      thenx a lot guys

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      Ashish 6 years ago

      Thanks for help

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      sai sandeep 6 years ago

      thanks buddie

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      sai sandeep 6 years ago

      thanks buddie

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      jain 6 years ago

      hi this will solve my messager problum but till i am not able toopen task manager bcoz it is automatically hide after open so i can see anything

      Plase suggest what's i do

      i am using win XP

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      shahbaz 5 years ago

      Thankyou very much sir/madam

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      Brian 5 years ago

      i really appreciate you guys this worked for me 100%

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      thatcoffee 5 years ago

      I am using XP and my comp was attacjed by a malware few days ago. I tried to cleanup with spybot but task mgr and rededit are disabled. gpedit.msc doesn't work on my comp (XP). I tried to run the commands you have specified but it didn't seem to help much. Taskmanager opens for 4-5 seconds and closes. Regedit opens 2 seconds and closes. Restart did not help. Rightclick is disabled too. I start IE and internet after restarting the comp and before the virus activates, so it cannot capture my IE, else even browser gets disabled. I wanted to restore regedit so i could restore some entried changed by virus. Cd u pls suggest something? Thanks so much.

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      Chand 5 years ago

      i followed ur instructions it really worked..i m very thankful to u..keep it up..

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      mango54830 5 years ago

      thank you so much sir it helped me enable my task manager and the registry editor from the dangerous vireses vote up 1000%

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      RAJKISHOR SAHU 5 years ago from Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA

      @thatcoffee : i think virus is still there which is disabling this, first you update you anti-virus program. Scan your PC then apply my trick. Thank you.

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      star 5 years ago

      wowowowow v helpful

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      rasheed alhussini 5 years ago

      I say thank you for help me

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      ishan mehta 5 years ago

      dear friends

      I have Atom System possessor is 1.60GHz 1 GB RAM now Problem is My Task Manager & Regedit.exe is disable I Follow this Step But Problem is not solved & I can't Format My System so Please help my...

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      JIgish 5 years ago

      i want to make bat file who select ... don't show hidden files and foldes ...Folder Option... Automatically by runing Bat file.

      Please Help

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      Sumala Harshana 5 years ago

      Dear Sir,

      First of all thanx for your advice.But within Task Manager section one of the name which was you provided has to be changed."DisableTaskMgr"is the correct word.in addition user has to enable Administrator's account through "security options"within Group Policy Editing window.Thanx again.

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      Aravind 5 years ago

      really good help

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      ashutosh bansal 5 years ago

      hi,

      when i am trying to run gpedit.msc but the group editor policy page for 2 seconds after that it gets closed automatically. plz help how can i sort out this problem.

      thanks

      ashutosh

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      Anand 5 years ago

      Ok i have enabled task manager and registry.user account control also have been disabled due to virus.if i enabled it and restart pc.it is again disabled.pls help me to enable it

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      kamran alam 5 years ago

      Thank you to help me in doing activation of taskmanager of my pc i.e,windows xp sp2

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      Ahmed Marzouk 5 years ago

      Thanks , Very Helpful :)

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      mohmammad habibullah 5 years ago

      Very good solution

      Thanks

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      pramoth 5 years ago

      guys if u still face problem? then open regedit and under polices u change the allow and deny status permission to ur account name only, delete admin and guest because virus only control through admin its system default , it don't know ur account name:)1000 % works for more detail plz mail me pramothmech@gmail.com

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      satish 5 years ago

      i downloaded the batch file,and its done.

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      kofi yeboah 5 years ago

      yeah it worked...thanks

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      RAJKISHOR SAHU 5 years ago from Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA

      I am happy that it worked for you.

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      hari 5 years ago

      this is very helpful to me

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      aravind 3 years ago

      sir I installed win 8 in my acer laptop which has 1024*600 screen resolution. so I found a trick to open win 8 apps by using regedit. but it popups and disabled in a second please help me.

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      nikhil 3 years ago

      I have tried this trick.. but didn't solve my problem... I have format the system only c drive and after that this problem will occur please help me...

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