Windows® XP Task Manager
Reasons for "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator" error message in Microsoft® Windows® XP
Windows® Task Manager is an application included with Microsoft® Windows® XP. The Task Manager provides detailed information about current applications and processes, performance of CPU, memory and networking, and users those are currently using the system. With Task Manager, you can set priority to processes, and can terminate processes. If your system freezes or hangs with any process, you can end that process with the help of Task Manager. But, sometimes you might get some issues with the Task Manager. As you try to open the Task Manager, you might not be able to open the Task Manager and get an error message "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator". There are two reasons for this error. The administrator might have disabled it manually. It can be done by enabling the Disable Task Manager restriction. The other reason for Task Manager error is the malware attack. Malware can easily attack Task Manager in your PC and disable it. If you solve these problems you can open the Task manager and can work with it easily.
There are some tips to fix and prevent these issues. The issues are:
- Disable Task Manager
- Edit registry
- Virus scanning
Disable Task Manager
The error message arises when the Task Manager is disabled due to any errors. If the administrator of your system wants to block you from using Task Manager, he can do so by enabling “DisableTaskMgr” restriction in your system. You can enable the Task Manager by disabling this restriction. You can do this through simple steps. Click ‘Start’, ‘Run’ and type “gpedit.msc” and click ‘OK’. Then navigate the branch “User Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/Ctrl+Alt+Delete Options/Remove Task Manager”. Double-click Remove Task Manager and set the policy to “Not Configured”. Thus, you can use your task manager again.
The error might arise due to registry errors. You can fix this problem by editing registry manually. You can do this through simple steps. Click Start, Run, and type in “regedit” and click OK. Then navigate the path “HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/Syste”. Then you can see “DisableTaskMgr” icon. Right-click and delete the icon. Thus, the Task Manager gets enabled.
The Task Manager might have been infected by malware. You can use the task manager to end a process which hangs your system. But, if the Task Manager does not work, then you might not be able to end an infected process which hangs the system. You can prevent this issue with thorough scanning of the system. You have to use updated antivirus software for removing the virus.