How to Disable Task Manager in Windows 8 and Windows 10

If you wish to disable the Task Manager in Windows 10 or perhaps want to disable it in Windows 8 then this guide is something that can help you accomplish that, please not that Task Manager can be useful for killing processes which are causing system issues.

We do not suggest you disable Task Manager but we do offer you the steps to accomplish it if you do wish to do it.
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Method 1: Local Group Policy Editor

1. Press the Windows + R key on your keyboard

2. A run Window will appear, now type gpedit.msc and click on OK

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GPEdit.msc

If you get a message that the program cannot be found, then your Windows version does not have Group Policy editor, it’s only included in Windows 8 Pro, Enterprise en Windows 10 Pro (and higher) skip to the registry edit method

3. Under User Configuration unfold Administrative Templates

4. Now unfold System

5. Now Unfold Ctrl+Alt+Del Options

6. Double-click Remove Task Manager and choose Enabled

7. Click on OK and then close Group Policy Editor

You might need to sign-out and sign-in for the changes to take effect.

Method 2: Registry Edit

Registry Editing can be dangerous and should be done with care. Please make a restore point before editing your registry. If you have doubts about what you are doing, then stop immediately and ask for support in the comments. We would like to remind you that editing your registry is at your own risk. If done wrong Registry Editing can lead to system corruption and might even render your system unusable resulting in re-installation of your operating system.

1. On your keyboard press the Windows flag and the R key at the same time (Windows +R) or open Start.

2. Now type Regedit.exe (1) and click on OK (2)

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Run: Regedit

3. Now Unfold HKEY_CURRENT_USER

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HKEY_CURRENT_USER

4. Then Unfold Software

5. Then Unfold Microsoft

6. Then Unfold Windows

7. Then Unfold CurrentVersion

8. Then Unfold Policies

9. Then Unfold System

10. Now double-click on DisableTaskMgr and change the value of DisableTaskMgr to 1

 

If the key does not exists then right-click an empty spot and choose New then choose DWORD.

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New DWORD

11. Click on OK and close Regedit. A reboot might be neccesarry for the changes to take effect upon your system.

 

If you wish to disable this tweak at a later moment just repeat the steps above and change the value back to the orginal value, which was 0. If you have any questions regarding this tweak, please feel free to ask them.

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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