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Windows 7: I think I broke Task manager


26 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 
I think I broke Task manager

OK, so this may sound weird.

I installed SysInternals ProcessExplorer as I like it better than the normal Task Manager (OK, not 'install' per se, but I downloaded it)

I then added it to Startup so it's always running with my computer.

Well just for fun, I checked "Replace task manager", and now Task Manager won't open when I select that option after doing a control-alt-delete. The problem is that in ProcessExplorer, that box always remains unchecked, so I don't know how I'd restore TaskManager functionality.

Anybody know of a way/registry tweak to do this?

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26 Aug 2009   #2

 

yup - don't run Process explorer as admin.

IOW, close PE (using PE - I love doing that)
Run PE manually (if it gives you a UAC prompt, you'll need to change it so that it does not always try to run as admin)
check "restore Task manager"
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26 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

I didn't run it as admin...

But that being said, I disabled UAC as it's irritating, so I don't know what it tried to run as.

Can you still use ProcessExplorer as usual if it's not being run as admin?
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27 Aug 2009   #4

7, 6
 
 

Hi drfsupercenter,

To restore Task Manager, run regedit elevated or as an administrator, and rename / remove the Debugger value in the [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\taskmgr.exe] key.
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27 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

I'll try it.

One thing I don't get though is the whole elevation/administrator deal... I'm the only account on the computer, doesn't that automatically make me an administrator? If not, can it be done? I want to do what I want, not have to specially tell it to use administrative privileges!
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27 Aug 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Oh wow, so I discovered something else...

Turns out TaskMgr.exe was deleted entirely, as I did a "run" command and got an error that the file couldn't be found. Can someone upload the taskmgr.exe from Windows 7 so I can put it back where it belongs?
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27 Aug 2009   #7

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drfsupercenter View Post
Oh wow, so I discovered something else...

Turns out TaskMgr.exe was deleted entirely, as I did a "run" command and got an error that the file couldn't be found. Can someone upload the taskmgr.exe from Windows 7 so I can put it back where it belongs?
Do you have a backup to restore from? 32 bit or 64?

BTW there is a thread here abt blue task manager to replace the original. Search for it and dl. It looks better anyway
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27 Aug 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Nope. Only my Windows XP machine.

And I'm using 64-bit.

And I still want the original
Even if I get another one to run on the side (like ProcessExplorer)
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27 Aug 2009   #9

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

sorry Im 32bit. the blue task manager is the same as the original just blue. Hope someone has it for you

Ken
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27 Aug 2009   #10

 
 

Are you sure you deleted taskmanager? From both:

C:\Windows\System32\

and

C:\Windows\SysWOW64

Anyway, here they are just in case - both of them:

Attachment 25584SysWOW64

Attachment 25585System32
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