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Windows 7: Task Manager Doesn't Open/Appear

18 Sep 2013   #1

Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
Task Manager Doesn't Open/Appear


I have a problem with my Task Manager.

I tried everything to open it. Ctrl+Alt+Del , Ctrl+Shft+Esc, Right-Clicking in the Task Bar, Search and Clicking taskmgr.exe, %systemroot%, still Task manager doesn't open.

I've read something about enabling it through regedit but there's no Disable Taskmgr entry in my HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
I don't know why.
i just download a task manager fixer that will enable it, it prompt that it is enable but then again, task manager still doesn't appear..

Please Help!

God Bless!

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19 Sep 2013   #2

Windows 7 ultimate x64

Run a full system scan. Check for malwares and spywares in your PC.
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19 Sep 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

Try the obvious first: Go to C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-taskmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17514_none_16699919077609d2
Double click on it. That should open Task Manager, If it doesn't the file is corrupt so run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Which fixer did you use?
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19 Sep 2013   #4

Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit

@therealaitch It still does not open the Task Manager. I will try the SFC /SCANNOW Command.

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19 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

Can you do a system restore or restore from a previous backup?

Task manager exe is located in more than one place, try the one here.

There seems to be no help on the web for this but I'm still looking for a solution. I love a challenge.
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24 Sep 2013   #6

Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit

I tried C:\Windows\System32\taskmgr.exe also. Still doesn't work..
I think I've tried everything? :)))

I did the sfc/scannow it's not successful..
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24 Sep 2013   #7

Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit

I hope you can help me fix this.. Take that as a challenge

Thanks! :)
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24 Sep 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

Try the Microsoft Fix it.
Microsoft Fix it Solution Center: troubleshooting software issues Then, Select Windows. All Windows problem areas.
It won't take long and just maybe.

If not you may have to resort to a re-install. This can be done without losing your data. This link is to one of many tutorials on the subject. Reinstall Windows 7 or Vista Without Formatting - YouTube
If you do not have the installation disc you can download the ISO file here: [Direct Download Links] Download Genuine Windows 7 RTM with SP1 ISO (32-bit and 64-bit) - Tweaking with Vishal
You will need your product key. If you don't know it download Speccy - System Information - Free Download . It's only a small application, and useful anyway. Run it and your product keys are revealed.
I have done this myself without problems but backup your important data to be safe.
Just a last thought, sometimes sfc/ scannow needs to be run 3 times to solve the problem. Do that first.
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24 Sep 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Your OS is Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit ?
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25 Sep 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

Thanks for pointing that out Jacee. I should have spotted it. Can you offer Gsel any advice on this?

Gsel, can you confirm your operating system. What you have tried so far would be the same for Vista or 7. If Vista, ignore my last post.
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