Windows XP Enable Task Manager Advice Doesn't Work

I keep being told to run 'gpedit.msc' or 'Regedit.exe' in order to fix the disabling of my Windows XP Home Edition task manager. However when I do this I get the message, 'Windows cannot find...' Please advise me of the right file to put in here. Thanks

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Re: enable task manager

You mean that typing both gpedit.msc and regedit.exe in the start>run box give this error message?

What happens if you locate them with Windows Explorer and run from there by doubleclick?


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You bet.

Try other solutions since all this gpedit does is to change a registry entry. Look for alternative procedures.

Also, you may want to reveal what disabled it.

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If the actual message box ...

you see when you try to open Task Manager is "Task Manager has been disabled by your Administrator" and the "Windows cannot find ..." message you refer to is when you try to run gpedit.msc then try this:

or this reg file to remove the policy -

XP Home does not have gpedit.msc so it is normal for the file to not be found.

If you also cannot run regedit click Start > Run then copy and paste the following bolded text into the command and click OK:
NOTE: Everything bolded is the single line command that will remove the policy restriction on using regedit.

Reg add HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem / v DisableRegistryTools / t REG_DWORD / d 0 / f

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