How to disable Task Manager in Windows 10

Windows 10 Task Manager provides more information about the processes. You can easily find which application is using CPU, memory, disk, and network. In this article, we will show you how to turn off Task Manager in Windows 10 if you want to do it for security reasons.

How to disable the Task Manager in Windows 10

You can turn off Task Manager in two ways via;

Disable task manager through local group policy editor

To turn off Task Manager through the Local Group Policy Editor, follow these steps;

  • Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog box.
  • In the Run dialog box, type gpedit.msc and press Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.
  • In the Local Group Policy Editor, use the left pane to navigate to the path below:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Ctrl+Alt+Del Options
  • In the right pane, double-click Remove Task Manager Policy to edit its properties.
  • In the policy properties window, set the radio button to Enabled.
  • Click Apply> OK to save the changes.

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Disable the Task Manager via Registry Editor

Since this is a registry operation, it is recommended that you back up the registry or create a system restore point as a precaution. Once done, you can do the following:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
  • Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog box.
  • In the Run dialog box, type regedit and press Enter to open the registry editor.
  • Browse or navigate to the registry key path below:
  • At the location, in the left pane, right-click the Policies folder.
  • Select New> Password.
  • Name the key System.
  • Then click on the newly created system key.
  • In the right pane, click in the empty area and choose New> DWORD (32-bit value).
  • Name the value DisableTaskMgr.
  • Then double-click on DisableTaskMgr to modify its properties.
  • In the properties window, enter 1 in the Value data field.
  • Click OK to save the changes.
  • Then navigate or navigate to the following registry path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  • At the location, in the right pane, create the DisableTaskMgr key and set the value data to 1.
  • Exit Registry Editor and restart your computer.

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