Ctrl/Alt/Delete no longer opens task manager?

By Rob61
Nov 19, 2005
  1. Using XP SP1. I could always use Ctrl/Alt/Delete to open the task manager. Now, it doesn't. But I CAN open it with Ctrl/Shift/Esc.

    What happened? Did my system get a virus or trojan? Never had this happen before if I can remember. Tried rebooting, but still doesn't work.
  2. joker

    joker TS Rookie

    i think there is a optin in Control Panel that controls the combination of keys that open up Task Manager, look there!
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    may need to reload taskman.exe
    both the commands should open taskman
    sounds like you gotta bug
    the easyest way I have fixed it is by reloading taskman from disc
    find taskman.ex_ this is compressed file
    go to MS on the net and get instructions on how to unpack and copy to system folder
    must run under command line
    you can also try this
    Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
    Name: DisableTaskMgr
    Type: REG_DWORD
    Value: 1=Enablethis key, that is DISABLE TaskManager
    Value: 0=Disablethis key, that is Don't Disable, Enable TaskManager
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