3 Ways to Disable Task Manager for Specific Users in Windows

The Task Manager is a useful program that lets you see what programs are running on your computer and lets you end the ones that are giving you trouble. If you are an administrator and don’t want anyone to access the Task Manager or terminate a crucial program, you can easily disable Task Manager for specific users in Windows.

Disable Task Manager for Specific Users in Windows

You might be wondering what happens if you disable Task Manager in Windows. Well, whenever someone tries to open Task Manager as a user (not an admin) after you disable it, it will show that the ‘Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator.’ Well, here’s how to do it.

Method 1: Disable Task Manager Using Command Line or Powershell

This is a fairly simple way to disable Task Manager for specific users in Windows. Here’s a step-by-step process.

Step 1: Press the Windows key on your keyboard, type PowerShell or Command Prompt, and click on ‘Run as administrator.’

Note: For the sake of this article, we will go with PowerShell.

type PowerShell or Command Prompt

In the prompt, click Yes.

Step 2: Type the following command and press Enter.

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Type the following command

That’s it. The Task Manager gets disabled. If you want to enable Task Manager, type the below command. 

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

revert to enabling the Task Manager

Your Windows Task Manager is back to normal now. Follow along if you want to disable Task Manager using a different method.

Method 2: How to Disable Task Manager Using Registry Editor

This step isn’t as straightforward as the above one but the steps are fairly simple to follow and execute. However, because we will be using Registry Editor, we strongly advise you to back up the Windows Registry before proceeding with the steps below. To disable Task Manager for a specific user, you need open Registry Editor as an admin in that standard account. Here’s how.

Step 1: Press the Windows key on your keyboard, type Registry Editor, and click ‘Run as administrator.’

Note: You can also press ‘Windows key + R’ to open the Run dialog box, type regedit.exe, and click OK to open Registry Editor.

type Registry Editor

In the prompt, select Yes.

Step 2: In the top address bar, enter the mentioned address.


Note: You can manually navigate to the section too. 

enter the mentioned address

Step 3: Under the System folder, right-click, select New, and choose ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value.’

Under the System folder

Step 4: Type DisableTaskMgr in the name field.

type DisableTaskMgr

Step 5: Double-click the new value, type 1 in the Value Data field, and press OK.

Double-click the new value

Finally, reboot the system to implement the changes. And that’s it! When the system boots back, the Task Manager will be disabled. If you don’t want to disable Task Manager from the registry, you can go with the Group Policy editor.

Method 3: Use Group Policy Editor to Prevent Access to Task Manager

Local Group Policy Editor helps you control Windows. Thus, you can also use it to enable and disable Task Manager. Here’s how to turn off Task Manager for specific users in Windows.

Note: Group Policy Editor is only available for Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise versions. You can skip this method if you are on Windows 11 Home Edition. 

Step 1: Press the Windows keys on your keyboard, type gpedit.msc, and click Open.

Note: You can also press ‘Windows key + R’ to open the Run dialog box, type gpedit.msc, and click OK.

type gpedit.msc

Step 2: In the left pane, under ‘Local Computer Policy,’ select Computer Configuration.

select Computer Configuration

Step 3: In the right pane, double-click on Administrative Templates. 

double-click on Administrative Templates

Step 4: Select the System option. 

Select the System option

Step 5: Under the System option, locate ‘Ctrl+Alt+Del Options’ in the sidebar, go to ‘Remove Task Manager’ on the right, and double-click on it.

Under the System option

Step 6: Under the ‘Remove Task Manager’ window, select the Enabled option. Finally, click on Apply and then OK.

select the Enabled option

There you go. Now, all you need to do is reboot Windows. And once it boots back up, you will not be able to open Task Manager again. Whenever you try to open it, an error message will pop up.

If you want to roll back to normal mode, under the ‘Remove Task Manager’ policy, select the ‘Not Configured’ option and click Apply followed by OK. 

FAQs on Disabling Task Manager 

1. What happens if I end everything in Task Manager?

Not all, but some processes that are running on Task Manager help Windows to function smoothly. If you terminate everything in Task Manager, the Windows will not function properly and it might crash too.

2. Where is Task Manager saved?

The Windows Task Manager is saved in the C drive, where Windows is installed. You can navigate to the executable Task Manager file by going to the ‘C:\Windows\System32.’

3. How do I remove unnecessary processes from Task Manager?

If you already know the unnecessary processes that are running, all you need to do is open Task Manager using the Windows search tool, select the process, and choose End Process.

Take Control of Your Windows System

All the different methods mentioned above will help you disable Task Manager for specific users in Windows. Now that you have gone through this, let us know why you wanted to disable Task Manager in the comment section below.

Last updated on 25 November, 2022

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