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Windows 7: "Windows cannot find...Task Manager"

08 May 2013   #1
hArLtRoN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
"Windows cannot find...Task Manager"

I was using Process Explorer in place of Task Manager. I decided that I no longer wanted Process Explorer so I just deleted the files (it was a standalone .exe). Now when I press <CTRL>+<SHIFT>+<ESC> nothing happens, no error message, no task manager. The same thing happens when I press <CTRL>+<ALT>+<DELETE> and choose "Start Task Manager."

Now if I go to C:\Windows\System32\taskmgr.exe and try and open it I get this error:
&quot;Windows cannot find...Task Manager&quot;-no-task-manager.png

Any ideas??

Thanks!

P.S. This is happening on my laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate x86




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08 May 2013   #2
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Open registry . Navigate to

Code:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\taskmgr.exe
What does it say for Debugger ?

If that doesn't work try this


Find and run procexp.exe.

Click in Options menu on Replace Task Manager and than Restore Task Manager.
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08 May 2013   #3
hArLtRoN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's shows the file path for Process Explorer that no longer exists.

Is it as simple as putting the file path for taskmgr.exe located in the system32 folder?


EDIT: There is no option in Process Explorer to "Restore Task Manager."
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08 May 2013   #4
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Delete the debugger key
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08 May 2013   #5
hArLtRoN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you! Deleting the debugger key worked. Task Manager is working again.

Thanks again!
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08 May 2013   #6
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

You're welcome . You could even delete the taskmgr.exe folder under the folder Image File Execution Options
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