XP: Disable Task Manager (Script Included)

Posted March 4, 2006 by William_Wilson in Windows

The following tutorial is for both general use and network administrators. This script will disable the Task Manager on Windows XP.


The script below works for both the classic ctrl+alt+del automatic displaying and the networked version which gives options involving password change, logoff, etc.

I have found this tweak VERY handy as it prevents the common and not-so-common user from disabling protective software or making changes they should not to the computer.

*This script has been known to change the basic ctrl+alt+del automatic displaying to the options display type.
*This change does not affect how Windows works. It merely changes the results seen when pressing ctrl+alt+del.

Save the following into a file with a .reg extension:

REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"DisableTaskMgr"=dword:00000001

Now the Task Manager is no more. To bring it back, simply change the value 00000001 to 00000000, and run the script again.

Questions/Comments: [email protected]
-William. ยง (marvin_gohan)

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