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Default Redirecting calls to Task Manager

There are few occasions when you'd want to do this, but it is possible to redirect system calls to Task Manager to another executable. By a 'system call', we mean the call when any process attempts to execute \Windows\system32\taskmgr.exe.

Why would you want to do this? Task Manager is a useful application but, depending on circumstances, there are more suitable alternatives. For the technical, Sysinternal's excellent Process Explorer provides considerably more information and power. When running a terminal server, for instance, you may wish to give users access to a limited rights version of task manager to kill their own processes, whilst not providing some of the options the default task manager makes available.

To redirect calls to Task Manager:

Use a registry editing tool to navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options

If not present already, create a new key called taskmgr.exe.
Insert a value in the newly-created key with the following details:
Data Type:REG_SZ
Value Nameebugger
Value:[path to replacement executable]
The changes take effect immediately.
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