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Windows 7: missing task manager

16 May 2010   #1

Windows 7
missing task manager

I haven't made any changes but I just used ctrl-alt-del to bring up the task manager and it didn't come up just :
lock this computer
switch user
log off
change password

That's all that comes up on the screen
Win7 home edition 64 bit
It worked fine just a few days ago.

Got it working again. Had to do a sys restore to a week ago. Also ctrl-shift-esc works again too. A little strange, but the only things that system restore showed being recently installed was a few critical updates. So I guess I'll just have to wait till Tuesday to see if it messes up again......sigh

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16 May 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Try Ctrl Shift Esc.
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16 May 2010   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Try doing a system restore to a point in time before the problem started...
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16 May 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Try Ctrl Shift Esc.
That'll do the trick too!
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16 May 2010   #5

Windows 7

ctrl-shift-esc does absolutely nothing, but thanks for the quick suggestion
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16 May 2010   #6

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Does it work if you right click on taskbar, start task manager?
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16 May 2010   #7

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Type task manager in search; that will probalby work. It will come up as view running process with task manager.
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16 May 2010   #8


i had this problem when i ticked 'replace task manager' in process explorer. turns out i had to:

"The net effect was to render Task Manager unavailable through Windows, reporting that the file is not present (which it is.) I initially thought taskmgr.exe had been corrupted but found a thread that led me to the fix listed below.

As usual, do not mess with the registry before making a backup of it and even then do so at your own peril. Edit the registry using regedit in RUN.

Find the key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\taskmgr.exe

delete the key labeled Debugger or modify the value data of the key to "c:\xx\xx\procexp.exe" where xx are replaced by the path to the location of the procexp.exe file. Process Explorer will then run from a Ctrl+Alt+Del as ususal or when task manager is invoked via the GUI."
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01 Sep 2011   #9

Windows 7 64bit
help pawese

hey dont know if you guys still come around......i am having this problem and i navigate to that registry point and when i highlight taskmanager.exe it is empty on the right hand side....does anyone know what should be there?
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01 Sep 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 10586

Hello sk2tz0, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Please go ahead and create a new thread describing your issue to get the best help. It may not be the same as the one in this thread.
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