This is how you block access to Task Manager on Windows 10


Task Manager on Windows 10 is a handy tool to monitor your system and to start and close programs. But there are situations in which you want to prevent someone from controlling something via the tool on a computer, because of work or school. This way you prevent access to those possibilities.

For this article, we will be using the Registry Editor. This is a tool that allows you to share parts of Windows adjusts. You open that editor by opening Start and regedit typing. The first hit at the top is the program you need. Open the program and copy the text below into the white bar that now contains the word Computer.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies

You will now see the map on the left side of the menu Policies stand. Press with your right mouse button and open the option in this menu New then click Key. Name the key System and hit Enter.

Disable Task Manager on Windows 10

Now right click on the new System folder. The menu opens, allowing you to go to New. Click on the name here DWORD (32-bit) Value. Give the key the following name: DisableTaskMgr then press Enter.

After that, double click on the DWORD and change the value from 0 (zero) to 1 (one). Now click OK and restart your computer. After you have completed the above steps, you will see – after rebooting – that Task Manager for logged in users is disabled.

Activate task manager

If you want to go back to the old situation, you can repeat the first three steps as described above. When you arrive at the Systemkey, then you have to pay attention again. You can delete the System key here, but it’s a good idea to do another action first.

The value of the DisableTaskMgr DWORD namely must first be converted from 1 (one) to 0 (zero). Then you know for sure that everything is going well. You can also use the DWORD remove.

Other way

You can also control the deactivation of Task Manager through the Group Policy Editor. However, that editor is not available by default on Windows 10 Home devices. You have to download it first.

After installing, proceed as follows. You open the editor by typing gpedit.msc in the Start menu. It is then the intention that you take the following steps: User Configuration> Administrative Templates> System> Ctrl + Alt + Del Options.

In the screen on the right you will find the option Remove Task Manager. Double-click on it and select the Enabled option in the new window. Then click Apply and OK (or its Dutch equivalent).

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