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Windows 7: Sluggish Task Manager

13 Sep 2011   #1
reiner

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 
Sluggish Task Manager

I am new to this forum so i might as well say hello to everyone.

I had a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit on my LG E310 laptop. After installing my frequently used programs and is all set-up, i noticed that my task manager started to become sluggish.

Opening it through CTRL+ALT+DEL or through context menu on the taskbar, it will take quite 3 to 5 secs to load. The supposedly 1second interval refresh speed seems to take more than that (but not painfully long).

My main problem is task manager itself is unresponsive. Hovering the mouse pointer through the processes/services list should highlight what is pointed and should do so as I continue moving the pointer, but is not. Highlighted process, service, even tabs, minimize button, exit button and all other clickables will remain highlited from 3 to 5 seconds even though I already moved the pointer away from them. Also, the services list takes more than a minute to load the list.

In some forums I have read, the fix they were suggesting is to create a new user profile and somewhat "migrating" to that new one. I have followed this step and it fixed the problem but only to my surprise that it went back again just after a reboot.

Anyone who had experienced the same problem please help.


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13 Sep 2011   #2
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reiner View Post
I am new to this forum so i might as well say hello to everyone.

I had a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit on my LG E310 laptop. After installing my frequently used programs and is all set-up, i noticed that my task manager started to become sluggish.

Opening it through CTRL+ALT+DEL or through context menu on the taskbar, it will take quite 3 to 5 secs to load. The supposedly 1second interval refresh speed seems to take more than that (but not painfully long).

My main problem is task manager itself is unresponsive. Hovering the mouse pointer through the processes/services list should highlight what is pointed and should do so as I continue moving the pointer, but is not. Highlighted process, service, even tabs, minimize button, exit button and all other clickables will remain highlited from 3 to 5 seconds even though I already moved the pointer away from them. Also, the services list takes more than a minute to load the list.

In some forums I have read, the fix they were suggesting is to create a new user profile and somewhat "migrating" to that new one. I have followed this step and it fixed the problem but only to my surprise that it went back again just after a reboot.

Anyone who had experienced the same problem please help.
Wellcome to SevenForums Reiner,

Please execute following and attach the startup.txt and install.txt files to your next post.
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List of INSTALLED PROGRAMS
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13 Sep 2011   #3
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

hi

it is worth running System File Checker please see brinks tutorial to help/guide you >>> How to Repair Windows 7 System Files with System File Checker link >>> SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker - Windows 7 Forums

Quote:
The sfc /scannow command (System File Checker) scans the integrity of all protected Windows 7 system files and replaces incorrect corrupted, changed, or damaged versions with the correct versions if possible.
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13 Sep 2011   #4
reiner

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

@Karlsnooks, I will post those two lists that you need tomorrow as I don't have my laptop here with me at work.

@Brianzion, thanks for the link. Will definitely read and try it.

Thank you both for your replies.
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13 Sep 2011   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

when you run the system file checker, be sure and tell us if sfc reports that there are no integrity violations.

If SFC indicates anything other than complete success then:
REBOOT
Run SFC again

Repeat that sequence once again.

Now let us know whether SFC is happy or not.
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13 Sep 2011   #6
reiner

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Hello,

I have followed the instructions as per the link that Brianzion provided. At first completion of SFC, it reported a few integrity problems but were all fixed. I then started running task manager to see if the problem is solved (right click on taskbar, "start task manager") but to my disappointment it is still sluggish as it is before. Good thing I was quite busy also last night updating my graphics drivers etc. so i didn't mind running SFC again. After the second run, it reported that there were no integrity problems whatsoever but task manager still behaves annoyingly.

However, there was an interesting discovery I have made last night. The sluggish task manager only comes up whenever I try to open it through the context menu in the taskbar (right click, "Start Task Manager"). But typing %windir%\System32\taskmgr.exe in run command will open a normal functioning non-sluggish task manager. Even browsing it manually through folders and double clicking the exe file would yield a normal taskman as well. This is why I came to think that the problem lies somewhere within the context menu's shortcut or something similar to that.

After getting all my drivers updated and everything, ran SFC for like 5 times and about to turn my laptop off, I did a final check of the task manager. Surprisingly the sluggishness went away, regardless of the way I try to open it. I don't know what happened but I am just glad it went back normal yet I am still afraid when I get back home later it will be sluggish again.

Any ideas what caused the problem? And what solved it? And what should I do to prevent/fix it from coming back again?

Thank you so much for helping me through this.

PS
I still attached the lists karlsnooks is asking for.

install.txt

startup.txt


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14 Sep 2011   #7
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Rebooting after the SFC is always necessary.

And yes, run sfc then reboot sequence is necessary one more time after sfc reports not integrity violations.

Great to hear that your problem is fixed.

I'll forego reading and evaluating the two .txt files since your problem is solved.
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14 Sep 2011   #8
reiner

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Big thanks, Karlsnooks.

Actually, it went back again. I am like losing hope and patience for the task manager now, I think I'm reverting to process explorer once more. But I would really prefer the windows default task manager as it is faster to open and simpler interface. I love process explorer as well for its extended functionality as compared to task manager, but I find it unnecessary in daily basis.

I hope we can find a solution for this.

Thank you in advance to all.
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14 Sep 2011   #9
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Reiner,
There you get my hopes up and then bash them to the floor.

I'll look at the files afterall and get back.

Did I ask what anti-virus you are using?

I ask because some AVs, firewalls can be very interfering.
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14 Sep 2011   #10
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

OK.

I already see a major problem.

You have Comodo, you have Bit Defender installed.

Get rid of at least one of these.

Personally, I'd get rid of both. I've experience with both of these especially with Comodo.

I use, I install, I recommend only Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). Link in my sig.

After removing those two, installing MSE then you should find that Windows Firewall has been turned on for you. And despite all of the dire warnings and fears propagated by the AV companies, MSE and Windows Firewall are a very safe, secure and sound solution which has the least amount of interference with your software.

Let me know what you decide to do. This one matter will probably solve all problems, although i would also make some other recommendations regarding startup programs. Simply dumping those two and using MSE will end all of your problems.
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