Solving Task Manager Can’t Open in Windows 10

Task Manager is needed to manage running applications. In addition, it can also be used to check all types of computer information, such as internet network usage, RAM, disk, and several other things.

Of course, it will be a big problem if the Task Manager cannot be opened. Because one day you will definitely need it. And if you experience something similar, it would be better to address it immediately.

Basically the Task Manager can be opened in many ways, one of the most widely used is through key combinations CTRL+SHIFT+ESC. However, if in various ways it still cannot be opened, it is very certain that the Task Manager program is missing or is being disabled.

Solution to Overcome Task Manager Can’t Open

This problem can still be resolved without the need to reinstall Windows. Because the problem is that the Task Manager system files are missing, but can still be restored, or the Task Manager is disabled, but can still be activated again. All you have to do is follow some of the steps in this article.

1. Running System Maintenance

The System Maintenance feature in Windows functions to detect and also fix minor problems such as problematic shortcut files, disk volume errors, and so on. So far, using this method is the easiest and fastest.

  1. Open Windows Search, or press the key WIN+S on the keyboard.

  2. Type Maintenance and ENTER.

    Type Maintenance

  3. Then click on the Maintenance menu to expand the options displayed.

    Click the Maintenance Menu

  4. And click on option Start Maintenance and wait for the process to finish.

    Click Start Maintenance Options

After that the system will notify if there is an error with some things in Windows. And then please restart the computer and check again whether the Task Manager can now be opened.

And if it still doesn’t open, I suggest trying the next solution.

2. Fix Missing System Files

Windows has a feature to restore lost system files. Use the DISM or SFC commands to get the most out of it. The process to detect it is quite long, but it’s worth the wait, as most people succeed this way.

  1. Open Windows Search and type CMD.

  2. Right click and select Run as Administrator.

  3. Then run the command below on CMD:

    sfc /scannow
  4. Wait for the process to complete, and then restart the computer.

The above command uses the SFC command to detect and also repair missing system files. But alternatively if the above command can’t fix it, you can use DISM, here’s the command:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

At this point, can the Task Manager be opened? If it still doesn’t, it’s possible that the problem is the Task Manager disabled on the system so it can’t be opened. For that, see the solution in the next method.

Also read: How to Find Large Files in Windows 10

3. Enabling Task Manager Through Registry

You can find out that Task Manager is turned off through the Registry. Whether it’s because of a system error or caused by a virus. And from there, you can activate it again so that it can be used again.

Also know that changing something wrong in the Registry will put the computer system at risk. For that before doing it, I want to remind you to be careful in editing the Registry and not to be wrong.

  1. Click WIN+R.

  2. Type regedit and ENTER.

  3. If the Registry Editor appears, please go to the following directory:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\System
  4. Then double click on DisableTaskmgr.

  5. And change the value to 0 (zero).

  6. After that click OK and restart the computer.

After restarting the computer, the Task Manager can now be used again. I also suggest doing a full antivirus scan to make sure this problem doesn’t occur due to an incoming virus/malware.

If you still haven’t been able to handle it, I highly recommend doing it system restore. It will restore system data from days before when the system restore point was created, and allow Windows settings to be changed from this point on. But this is better than having to reinstall Windows.

Hopefully useful and good luck