task manager diabled in Windows XP

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Microsoft Windows XP
Task Manager
Windows administration
task manager has been disabled how to re-enable it on XP as well as vista-basic

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XP

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Go to regedit and find your way to:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer]
and
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer]

change the value of the NoTrayContextMenu (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)

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  • carlosdl
    I would not recommend to do that. The first thing should be to know why it is disabled. If the machine is member of a domain, then most likely it was disabled by some domain policy, and you should not try to change this. If it was disabled by a local policy, then you should change the policy and not try to edit the registry, as you could end up creating more problems that the one you were trying to solve. Also, it could have been disabled by some kind of malware, in which case even though you can enable it by editing the registry, it will be disabled again shortly, and additional damage can be done by the malware if it is not removed, so, I would also recommend to install some good anti-virus and anti-spyware programs, and perform a full scan. And, it could have been disabled manually by someone, in which case you should try to find out who did it, and why, and take the appropriate security measures.
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  • Technochic
    I agree with Carlos, there are is a lot of information missing from your question. Please tell us if this computer is on a domain and if you have local admin right to the machine first. More details will help us give you a more accurate and helpful answer.
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