How to fix Task Manager Not Opening or Showing Issues on Windows?

For those who don’t know what a Task Manager is, let me tell you that it’s the most powerful feature in an Operating System. With Task Manager, you can create and destroy any program. It’s also very dangerous, if someone runs a malicious program or malware, then it can obstruct the processes in Task Manager. And sometime it may not open or hangs up.

Even sometime, if a program does not terminate or during Cold Booting, Task Manager can be very useful. If you are facing difficulty in opening Task Manager, or it’s not opening or disabled by administrator, then you are at right place. Today we will be discussing about fixing all these issues.

Opening Task Manager

First try this easy way, right click on bottom panel on your computer or search directly for Task Manager. If the option is not getting highlighted then, your administrator have disable the Task Manager. We will talk about this issue later.


If the option is showing, then try to Run it as Administrator.

Using Troubleshooter

Sometime, a process might corrupt the data in task manager. To fix this,

Click on START, and search for maintenance. Open it and then click on Start Maintenance under Automatic Maintenance tab.

maintainance troubleshooter

Wait for few minutes, this process will fix all the broken links and clean garbage memory values.

After this, restart your pc and try to open Task Manager again.

If the task manager is not responding or getting busy then check for some missing this registry key.

Anti-virus scan

Yes, try to do a Full scan for your PC. And also run Windows Defender for any malware, that could lead in blocking of your Task Manager. Note, that it might take some time, but be patient and complete the scan. You can also go with Avast Free Anti-virus.

Updation is required

You pc might be running a very old version of Windows, hence you need to update your system. Go to Control Panel and click on Windows Update. And select Check for Updates. You can also start this process from the START menu.


Using regedit to fix Task Manager issue

Open regedit and navigate. You can search this on START menu.

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

Set DisableTaskMgr value to 0 or delete it.

Fix Task Manager disabled by Administrator issue

You can also change the group policy from Microsoft Directly


Run search from START menu and type gpedit.msc. And navigate to this location

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

Right-click it > Edit > Select Not Configured > Click Apply-OK-Exit.

After doing this restart your pc.

Creating New Local Account

If you tried above steps and still not working, don’t worry, it might happen that you might have not get been granted access.

Go to setting and open Accounts. You can also directly search on START menu.

Click on Family and other Users at the left side of window and click on Add someone else to this PC.

local account

A wizard will open, which will help in creating your new account.

Select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information. And select Add a user without Microsoft. The windows will prompt in creating new Microsoft Account. Fill the required fields.

Now navigate to Settings > Accounts > Your Account.

And click on  “Sign in with local account instead”.

Enter your current password when the prompt comes and click Next.Now enter username and password for your local account and click on “Sign out and finish”.

Now you can easily switch to a new local account, and move all your personal files to it without any barriers.

Navigate to Settings > Accounts > Your Account and select the option “Sign in with a Microsoft Account instead”.

This time check for Task Manager, by doing the first process.

Using CMD or Command Prompt

Type cmd on START or search for command promp and run it as Administrator.

Type this command

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

Wait for few minutes, as it will fix the Task Manager issues.

Add a Registry to Windows Environment

For this process, create a new file from Text Editor and copy paste these commands


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] “DisableTaskMgr” =dword:00000000

Don’t forget to save this file as (.reg) format.

Open this file and run the Registry key. It will ask you for confirmation. Click Yes. And Restart your PC.

Creating a System Restore point

By now, if the issue is not resolved, you need to create a restore point or a kind of backup to entire PC.

Search for restore on START and click on it.

Under System Protection Tab, click on System Restore. A wizard will open

Click on Next -> select restore point from the options given and proceed. Do not do open any other program and wait till the process is completed.

Your system now restored to initial stage.

system restore)

 Now try to run the Task Manager after restarting PC.

Search for software Online

At this stage, you need to get some software which can fix this issue, try searching for good software online . You can also go with this software :


fix task manager

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