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Published on 05.26.09 by Brent Trahan

Remove Task Manager from the Windows Security Dialog Box

Learn how to prevent users from starting the Task Manager in Windows 7.

If this setting is enabled and users try to start Task Manager, a message appears explaining that a policy prevents the action.

Task Manager lets users start and stop programs; monitor the performance of their computers; view and monitor all programs running on their computers, including system services; find the executable names of programs; and change the priority of the process in which programs run.

Prevent Users from Starting the Task Manager

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and then select Ctrl+Alt+Del Options in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Remove Task Manager in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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