I've looked at it, one of the first places I checked, but there is nothing useful or informative there. Here's some examples of the warnings and errors in the administrative events log.
- Error: Session "Homegroup Log" failed to start with the following error: 0xC0000035
- Warning: Windows detected your registry file is still in use by other applications or services. The file will be unloaded now. The applications or services that hold your registry file may not function properly afterwards.
There's a lot more to that one, it seems Diskeeper likes to hold on to registry keys. That's another issue I looked into but never found any answers for it and it doesn't seem to cause any problems, its been doing it for months. I just ignore it.
- Diskeeper detected low free space and disabled IntelliWrite on volume (I.
That's the USB flash drive with my Windows install on it, its only 4Gb so of course it's full.
- The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk4\DR4.
That one, I hate to think what it means, but despite what it says all my hard drives seem to be working normally and lag free.
- The Network List Service service depends on the Network Location Awareness service which failed to start because of the following error:The dependency service or group failed to start.
Network Location Awareness is on and is set to automatic, it's always been on so I don't understand why this is in the log, but its a "common" entry at least for this particular install. Unless it means there yet another unnamed service that needs to run before it can. I doubt if it has anything to do with the task manager not loading.
The log is full of the same entries over and over across a span of a few days. I recently cleared all the logs to try and see what errors were popping up based on what I was doing with Windows to try and troubleshoot them. Though most of them seem to be automated responses that happen when windows is starting up and shutting down. Unless there is some specific place I can look for task manager related logs then I don't think I'll find anything in the event viewer. I looked under the application logs as well and its just listing out the startup applications and subsystem files/services/licensing detail that load up when the PC was rebooted.
Stuff like this has happened before so its not like I didn't expect it at some point. As long as Windows still boots up, I can find/run my local data, and the internet stays connected, all is well. While the task manger not loading thing is mainly just annoying, its a sign that something is wrong even if everything appears good on the surface.