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Windows 7: Setting registry restrictions using RegEdit (Task Manager)

23 Oct 2014   #1
bryancowan22

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Setting registry restrictions using RegEdit (Task Manager)

So I'm having some issues trying to set some restrictions using RegEdit. I'm trying to set a bunch of them and none of them are actually working. I've done a lot of reasearch on Google but I can't figure out why. So let's start with a example here. I'm using a .reg file to set these FYI.

Here is one of the restrictions I'm trying to set.
;Restricting Task Manager
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\System]
"DisableTaskMgr"=dword:00000001

For some reason tho I can still access the Task Manager?? So disabling it didn't work? I've tried to set this on two different Windows 7 units and no changes. Here are the two system OS's below.

- Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
- Windows 7 x64 Enterprise

If any of you Windows 7 guru's could spare some time to help me solve this issue I would greatly appreciate it! If you need anymore information into my set or my .reg file I've written please let me know and I will supply. Need to get this solved ASAP. Thanks again.


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24 Oct 2014   #2
bryancowan22

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Would someone be willing to try the above code for me. The reverse code to remove it is below.

;Restricting Task Manager
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\System]
"DisableTaskMgr"=dword:00000000
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25 Oct 2014   #3
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Tried it and worked right away, once I got the setting set I was locked out of my task manager immediatly, so the setting definitely works.

I didn't use any reg file, but done manually in registry editor and found a gotcha possibly causing your problem. For my user, the "policies" key didn't contain the "system" subkey, so I had to create it, but was greeted with an access denied error. Looking at the permissions, only administrators could create settings there. So I had to use my admin account to give myself permissions to write to my own keys, and after that just created the proper entry and it worked immediately.

I guess your reg file is stumbling upon a permissions problem. Try doing it by hand first and see how it works. Also, note that the setting is located in HKEY_CURRENT_USER so it will take effect only for the user that actually sets it, not for everyone on the computer.
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25 Oct 2014   #4
bryancowan22

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Awesome Thank you for trying that! Turned out to be a different issue actually. I did the manual edit and sure enough if worked. But here's why its "CurrentVersion" not "Current Version" no space lol. Funny thing is tho if you search Google you can find it both ways even on the Microsoft site has it with a space on some articles. Weird but I've gotten it sorted now so Thanks Alot!!
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