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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Restore Your "Task Manager" in WINXP

To open the Task Manager, you normally would do one of the following:
  • Press CTRL-ALT-DEL on the keyboard
  • Press CTRL-SHIFT-ESC on the keyboard
  • Right-click on a blank area on the start bar and choose Task Manager
  • Click on Start, Run and type TASKMGR in the run box and press Enter

Sometimes instead of Task Manager opening you'll see the above screen. In these cases, you'll have to follow the methods below to re-enable access to the Task Manager.

Method 1 - Using the Group Policy Editor in Windows XP Professional

  1. Click Start, Run, type gpedit.msc and click OK.
  2. Under User Configuration, Click on the plus (+) next to Administrative Templates
  3. Click on the plus (+) next tSystem, then click on Ctrl+Alt+Delete Options
  4. Find Remove Task Manager in the right-hand pane and double click on it
  5. Choose the option "Not Configured" and click Ok.
  6. Close the Group Policy Window


Method 2: Change the Task Manager Option through the Run line

  1. Click on Start, Run and type the following command exactly and press Enter

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

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