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#1 simpleton354

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 02:56 PM

When I press ctrl-alt-delete to bring up task manager, it isn't there. I thought it had been disabled, and tried this:

* Click Start
* Click Run
* Enter gpedit.msc in the Open box and click OK
* In the Group Policy settings window
o Select User Configuration
o Select Administrative Templates
o Select System
o Select Ctrl+Alt+Delete options
o Select Remove Task Manager
o Double-click the Remove Task Manager option

And as I mentioned above, since the policy is Remove Task Manager, by disabling the policy, you are enabling the Task Manager. (From the windowsnetworking.com site)

When I click OK on step three, it says "Windows cannot find 'gpedit.msc'. Make sure you typed in the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then press Search."

I have Windows XP. Any help would be wonderful.

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 04:28 PM

start with checking for malware causes to your problem.
Install Super Antispyware. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.superantispyware.com/]SuperAintiSpyware

Run the online scan for Bit Defender in normal mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
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Posted 23 May 2007 - 05:45 PM

Try this tool to reenable the taskmanager: http://www.download.com/RRT-Remove-Restric...98.html?tag=pub
If you are the only one who is using the computer,it is possible that a virus must have disabled it
therefore,you may follow fozzie's solution or post a HJT log at the HJT Forums for further analysis
also if you want,check also if you're regedit is disabled by going to start>run>type regedit>click ok
if no window opens up tell us the results

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 08:50 PM

Windows cannot find 'gpedit.msc'...I have Windows XP.

XP Home or XP Pro. gpedit.msc is only available on XP Pro systems.

Have you installed sysinternals Process Explorer and checked the "Option" to "Replace Task Manager"? If so, launch the program, go to Options and untick it. KillProcess by Orange Lamp Software, DTaskManager and Glarysoft Process Manager are similar programs that offer an option to replace Task Manager as the default.

If you use RRT, make sure you log on as administrator or an account with administrative privileges before using it.
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