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Windows 7: "Desktop Window Manager stopped working and was closed"

22 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
"Desktop Window Manager stopped working and was closed"

I get this problem or error "Desktop Window Manager stopped working and was closed" every time I stay logged on but "switch users". When I come back to my user account, there are two messages on my taskbar that both say "Desktop Window Manager stopped working and was closed". I have uninstalled and reinstalled my Nvidia driver and updated to the latest driver version. I have even went to "task manager" and located the dwm.exe and made a dump file.

Any suggesstions to what or how I fix this.. Thank you.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition

try doing a system repair. to relaunch the windows manager use run command explorer.exe
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium

how would I do a system repair? Sorry for the noob question, but for some reason I cant think of how to...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

try running run
and type in
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22 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium

Ok so I went into start and searched dwm.exe. I found the application, but when i clicked on it nothing. I right clicked on it to look at properties and nothing to repair... I had the problem yesterday again... do we think that this is a bug with Win7?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

no no dont search for the application
try going
all programs
then a box should come up in thee left hand corner yes ?
then type
thhenn okayy
then the pc should tell itself to command that program to run
if not dude
ill look into it more for you let me no
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

but if this dont work
try going into
run again or search it whichever one
and then type in
click on the services tab
and go through the list to try n find desktop winow manager
then check the box on the left !
give us a shout back iff anymore help !
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium

Thanks for you help. I went into start\All Programs\Accessories\Run and typed dwm.exe and nothing popped up. Then I went to start\All Programs\Accessories\Run and typed msconfig.exe and the box popped up so I clicked on the services tab. I found a service named "Desktop Windows Manager Session Manager" and it was already checked.

I think what the problem can be is the fact that I am using my own desktop background and color scheme and not an Aero Theme. Basically I have a picture that I right clicked on and "Set as desktop background" and then I set my own color scheme in the Personalization and Appearance section. I was told that if I went into the Appearance and Personalization\ Desktop Background and browsed for the picture on my computer and selected it as my background, that would solve my problem. I basically went in the Appearance and Personalization section and "Get more themes online" and found a theme that I liked and am using it now. Haven had the problem, but it is still early in me using it. So I will post more if anything new develops. Thanks for your help
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
great !

ahh great !
im glad you solved the problem !!
any questions you need to ask dude im here for help okayy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium

dude I am sorry to report that it came back. Even when I am using an Aero friendly background... it keeps saying that when there is a solution to the problem windows will let me know. i am about to take it back to where I got it so they can look at it.
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