How to Enable Windows Task Manager [4-ways]

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windows Task MangerWindow Task Manager is a Tool provided by window to allow users to view processing of the system. With window Task Manager one can see the list of currently running Application programs, Processes, Services, CPU usage, Memory usage and other system performance statistics. It is also used to troubleshoot programs which stop responding or are malfunctioning. By default the Task Manger is enabled but sometimes it may be disabled by the Administrator or some virus. There are different ways to Enable it, The 4 most common methods are listed below.

  • Enabling From Group Policy Editor
  • Enabling From Registry Editor
  • Enabling By Creating a Registry File
  • Enabling Through Command prompt

Enabling Task Manager from Group Policy Editor

To Enable Task Manager through Group Policy Editor take the following steps.

  1. Go To Start Menu.
  2. Click on Run.
  3. Type gpedit.msc and press enter to open Group Policy Editor window.
  4. Using the navigation pane on the left navigate as follows :  User Configuration -> Administrative Template -> System -> Ctrl+Alt+Del Options.Local Group Policy Editor
  5. Double click on Remove Task Manager to open a popup window. Select Not Configured or Disabled and click on OK.Enable Task Manager
  6. Restart you computer and your task Manger will be enabled.

Enabling Task Manager Through Registry Editor

To Enable Task Manager using Registry Editor use the following steps :

  1. Go to Start Menu.
  2. Click on Run.
  3. Type Regedit and press enter to open the registry editor.
  4. In Registry editor using the navigation pane on the left navigate as follows : HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Current Version -> Policies -> System.Registry Editor
  5. In the right side pane double click on Disable TaskMgr. If is not there then right click on System -> New ->DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it Disable TaskMgr.Disable Task Manager
  6. On double click a small window will appear. In this window set the Value Data to 1 ( 1-Enable, 0-disable) and click on OK.Regedit
  7. Restart your computer to implement changes.

Enabling Task Manager by Creating a Registry File

Windows have some default Registry files to enable task manager, but if you don’t know how to edit it then you can create your own registry file as follows:

Write the following code in notepad or any other text editor and save it as Enable TaskManager.reg.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows CurrentVersionPoliciesSystem] “DisableTaskMgr” =dword:00000000

Now double click the file to open it. A confirmation dialog box will appear, click yes to confirm. Restart the computer and access the Task Manager.


Enabling Task Manager Through Command Prompt

It is a direct way of enabling Task Manager.

Go to Start Menu -> Run and Write this line of code and press enter.

REG add HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem  /v  DisableTaskMgr  /t REG_DWORD  /d /0 /f

On pressing enter the command prompt window will appear for just 1 or 2 seconds and disappear, It means that the command has executed successfully and the Task manager is now enabled. Restart your computer if it is not enabled.

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