Repair issues with Microsoft® Windows® XP® task manager

How to repair the task manager on Microsoft Windows XP?

The Microsoft Windows XP task manager is one of the important tools loaded by default on the computer. It is a utility that helps the computer user to open and control all the installed programs on the system. It also shows the detailed information on processes that are running on the system memory. The task manager can be opened by right clicking 'Start', and pressing 'CTRL-ALT-DEL' or 'CTRL-SHIFT-ESC' on the computer keyboard. It is also possible to open the task manager by typing 'TASKMGR' on the 'Run' column and pressing 'Enter'. If you find the task manager disabled on your system, it could be due to a virus attack on your machine. Before taking any steps to enable the task manager, it is necessary to scan the system using a good antivirus software.

Following are the problems, causes, and tips for fixing issues with Microsoft Windows XP task manager:

  • Problems

The major problem that could affect the task manager is its disablement. It can be caused by either human error or any attack from viruses and malwares. Human error is the accidental disabling of the task manager by the user. The problems can be tackled in a systematic way.


Malware can easily attack the task manager on your personal computer and disable it. Once you solve the malware problem, the task manager should become functional again. You need to identify the cause behind the task manager disablement before trying to restore it.

Tips for fixing the issue

For repairing the task manager, you can go into the Microsoft Windows XP registry files and reset the system. For troubleshooting, first click on "Start" and then type 'gpedit.msc' into the 'Run' box and hit 'Enter.' Then you need to click 'User Configuration' and select 'Administrative Templates'. Click on "System" and press'Ctrl+Alt+Delete'. Next step is to select 'Remove Task Manager' and double click 'Disable.' By disabling the remove task-manager option, it would be possible to turn on the task manager. As a final step, close the registry window.

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