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Old 10-02-2006, 10:09 AM   #1
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Unable to run task manager

When I try to run task manager (either by ctl + alt + del, or by cmd... taskmg.exe) I get the following error message:



translation: "Task Manager has been deactivated by your administrator"

Can anyone think what is wrong? I am lost.
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Old 10-02-2006, 10:21 AM   #2
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I've only seen something like this once before, and it was caused by a virus on a customer's computer. Curiously enough, I got around it temporarily by renaming taskmgr.exe to taskman.exe.
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Old 10-02-2006, 04:40 PM   #3
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if this is on your personal computer then it could be what he (^) said, otherwise this is common on many public computers and at internet cafes.
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Old 10-02-2006, 06:04 PM   #4
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try the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC key combo. This is the real Taskmanager shortcut. CTRL+ALT+DEL only works opens the taskmgr directly when you are using fast user switching and/or the welcome screen.
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:19 PM   #5
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Tamarelle,
try to do the following :

Go to START-->RUN and type REGEDIT. This will open the registry editor. Find the following registry key:


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Policies\System]

Look for the key "DisableTaskMgr" and double click on it.

Set the value to 1 to disable Task Manager
Set the value to 0 to enable Task Manager

hope it heps
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Old 10-08-2006, 02:10 PM   #6
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"Task Manager has been deactivated by your administrator"
As suggested by surfandcross, open the Registry Editor and set DisableTaskMgr to 0, or if you have WinXP Pro:
Quote:
* Click Start, Run, type gpedit.msc and click OK.
* Navigate to this path

User Configuration
=> Administrative Templates
==> System
===> Ctrl+Alt+Delete Options
====> Remove Task Manager

* Double-click the Remove Task Manager option.
* Set the policy to Not Configured.
If this fails, try replacing the file rundll32.exe by:

1) Downloading rundll32_xp.zip from here
2) Right-clicking the .zip file and selecting Extract All
3) Opening the unzipped folder
4) Going to Start > Run > %systemroot%\system32
5) Dragging rundll32.exe from the unzipped folder to the system32 folder <- if asked to replace a file, click Yes

If this also fails, I believe XJ suggested you rename taskmgr. You can do so by:

1) Going to Start > Run > %systemroot%\system32
2) Locating taskmgr.exe
3) Right-clicking taskmgr.exe and selecting Properties
4) Typing taskmanager.exe into the box at the top
5) Pressing OK

Note: You can rename it to anything you'd like, as long as there is not already a file of that name.

Then, go to Start > Run > taskmanager.exe (or the newly named file) and see if Task Manager opens.

If renaming the file worked, I suggest you run Ewido's online virus scan here.

Note: You must be using Internet Explorer to run the online scan.

Hopefully some of the suggestions here will work for you. Please report back here and let us know how it goes!
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Old 10-08-2006, 02:15 PM   #7
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wow ty all its back!!! woot I have task manager hehe
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Old 10-08-2006, 02:31 PM   #8
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Old 10-09-2006, 06:44 PM   #9
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wow ty all its back!!! woot I have task manager hehe
That's great! Just curious, but what got it working again?
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Old 10-09-2006, 06:56 PM   #10
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well I wasnt very systematic I did EVERYTHING you guys suggested and rebooted and voila!! It was working LOL So really I have no idea.
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