How to Disable Task Manager for Standard User

The Task Manager is a built-in Windows Utility that provides information about processes and applications running on your system and gives the statistics about memory and CPU usage. It is also used for ending and changing the priority of processes. However, several users want to turn off Task Manager for the standard accounts that are set up for kids, family, and co-workers to prevent them from using it.

Task manager disabled by the administrator

Task Manager for Standard User

There are certain applications and processes running in the background that can only be closed by Task Manager. Changing the priority of different processes can provide more memory and CPU to that process but less to others. Sometimes administrator disables the Task Manager for a standard user to keep the system safe just in case. A standard user can be a student, kid or users that only need access for a few programs and utilities. In most of the school and government computers, the Task Manager will be disabled as a security measure.

Disabling Task Manager from Registry Editor

We can disable the Task Manager for a specific user by opening the registry editor as an administrator in that standard account. You need to find the user SID and then change the settings for that specific SID. This will turn off the Task Manager only for that specific standard account and not others.

  1. Log in to your Standard User account and go to the following location in file explorer:
    C:\Windows\System32\
  2. Find the file “regedit.exe“, right-click on it and choose Run as administrator
  3. Insert the password for the administrator when prompted by the UAC (User Account Control) and click Yes

    Opening regedit.exe as an administrator
  4. First, find your SID by going to the following directory in the registry editor:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
  5. Click on the SID in the list to find your username as shown below:
    Finding the SID for the standard user
  6. Now go to the following directory of your standard account SID:
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3407337436-3193968817-2416647502-1004\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
  7. Select the subfolder key “System” (if the key doesn’t exist, create it by right-clicking on Policies folder and choosing key)
    Creating the System Key
  8. Right-click on or inside the system folder key, then choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it DisableTaskmgr

    Creating DWORD value DisableTaskmgr
  9. Right-click on DisableTaskmgr, then choose modify and change the value to “1
    Modify the value to 1
  10. Now the Task Manager will be disabled for the standard user.

Note: In urgent cases, to open Task Manager you don’t need to turn OFF this option or change the account from standard user to administrator. You can easily open the Task Manager as an administrator with the administrator password as shown in our article: here

To Enable the Task Manager again, you need to change the value of DisableTaskmgr back to “0” and restart the computer. But sometimes this will turn into a bug and still work, so deleting the system key that you created would be a better option for future use.

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