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Windows 7: Resources Monitor's GUI broken and unusable

13 Jan 2016   #1

Win 7 x64
Resources Monitor's GUI broken and unusable

Hi guys,

I'm on win7 x64 pro and when I open the Resource Monitor I get the error as displayed in the attachment. The File and Help menu are clickable and working ... so the GUI is sorta functioning but the main window where i am supposed to see stuff remains transparent. However, this is the case ONLY when I disable Visual Styles in System properties / Performance options dialog. So, when the 'Use visual styles ...' is unchecked I get the problem as seen in the above screen. But when I enable the 'Use visual styles ...' menu, then Resource Monitor works fine. I would really like to use the Resouce Monitor, but I really don't wanna use 'Use visual styles ...' How can I achieve that?

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2016   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

Just tried having it checked and unchecked on my Win 7 Pro X64 system and Resmon works correctly either way.

Might try running sfc /scannow from a Elevated Command Prompt, see if that helps/
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2016   #3

Win 7 x64

Thanks! Here is what i got:

Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example

And here are the contents of the CBS.log file (wait till browsers gives you the download button in the top right corner)
There are also other files in C:\windows\Logs\CBS folder. If you need info from any one of them let me know.

So now what to do since Windows could not fix some of the corrupt files? Maybe that's the reason why my Resource monitor is messy?

PS - eventually if you don't wanna download the Dropbox file, which I link to above, its contents are also available here - just be patient cos it's a google doc with 494 pages and it takes some time till it loads it all.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

14 Jan 2016   #4

Windows 10 Pro X64

Install and run the System Update Readiness Tool (SURT):
See here What is the System Update Readiness Tool?

Now run SFC again:

Open a Elevated Command Prompt.

Click on the Start button and type cmd.
DO NOT press Enter or click Go.
Look at the upper part of the window and you will see cmd.exe.
Right click on it and select Run as Administrator.

Type SFC /scannow and press Enter. See if the Component store problems are fixed. Run 2-3 times if necessary.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2016   #5

Win 7 x64

Thanks for your time and support. Yep, this is how I ran the elevated cmd in the first place as well, so np with that. Bad thing is that I still got the same error after installing SURT and running SFC /scannow 3 times and worse still Resmon is still with the same issue ... What now?

Here's the NEW cbs.log file again - (download from '...' button in top-right corner)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2016   #6

Win 7 x64

Even turned off my notebook, waited few minutes, and turned it on again so as to do a power cycle, but still ... the error is there
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2016   #7

Windows 10 Pro X64

Since visual styles fixes it, try updating your video driver perhaps?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2016   #8

Win 7 x64

Would definitely NOT do that because I am anyway using the latest drivers from HP for my switchable graphics GPU and they are the only ones working well for me. I've tried many drivers ... even modified ones and other 3rd party drivers, but the original HP drivers for my notebook work best for my GPU.

So .. .yeah, I am looking for another solution.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2016   #9

Win 7 x64

Here are 2 more places where the same problem is described ... so clearly the problem is not from my display drivers. It is a weird bug in Windows.

Resource Monitor is empty window , or transparent window, Windows 7 Classic display (only when DPI changes from 100%) - Super User

Also, as described in the first link, it's not only Visual Styles that fixes the problem. Switching from 125% (my current AND PREFERRED) to 100% scaling in the 'Make text and other items larger or smaller / Make it easier to read what's on your screen' also fixes the problem. But I will not switch to 100% since my screen res is full hd and at 100% everything is too small.

As described in the 2nd link, I do not have the kb977074 update so I cannot uninstall it to see if that fixes Resmon. Furthermore, I tried all of the below from the 2nd link:

You may try the below methods one by one and check if this helps.

Method 1: Uninstall the installed update and check if the issue is resolved.

1. Click on start button and select Control Panel>System and Security>Windows Update>View update history
2. Click on Installed update (on top of the screen). Now right-click on kb977074 update and select uninstall.
3. Restart your computer.

Method 2:

Check if the problem persists in safe mode (Step 1). If the issue doesn’t occur in safe mode then, perform clean boot (Step 2) on your computer.

Step 1:

Steps to boot the computer in safe mode:

1. Restart the computer
2. Start tapping F8 key
3. You will get advanced boot option window
4. Select the option “Safe mode”

Link: Start your computer in safe mode - Windows Help

Step 2:

Starting your computer by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs so that you can determine whether a background program is interfering with your game or program. This kind of startup is known as a "Clean boot."

To perform a clean boot on a computer, follow these steps.

1. Click Start, type msconfig in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

2. On the General tab, click Selective Startup.
3. Under Selective Startup, click to clear the Load Startup Items check box.
4. Click the Services tab, click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box, and then click Disable All.
5. Click OK.
6. When you are prompted, click Restart.
7. After the computer starts, check whether the problem is resolved.

Please monitor the system in the Clean Boot environment. If the problem does not occur, it indicates that the problem is related to one application or service we have disabled. You may use the MSCONFIG tool again to re-enable the disabled item one by one to find out the culprit.
... and nothing worked. NOTHING! Booting in Safe Mode, at 100%, 125% and 150% scaling, Resmon displays perfect. So what gives?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2016   #10

Win 7 x64


The solution came from the 1st link

I fixed this problem uninstalling Internet Explorer 10 and KB2670838 update and keeping the 125%. looks like the problem is the KB2670838 update that is automatically installed when upgrading to IE10 just uninstall both and it should work again I found the solution here and here
In my case I only had to uninstall the kb update. I think that uninstalled IE stuff as well. I never use IE anyway, so ... yeah. Well, problem solved for now. Cheers! :)
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