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8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do In Windows 7′s Task Manager

8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do In Windows 7′s Task Manager
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One thing the article doesn't mention is that you get a better picture of whats running on your PC if you click on the "show processes from users" button in the Processes tab.
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Easily Enable or Disable the Task Manager Using TaskMgrED

When getting infected with a virus, one of the most common things that can happen is for the Windows Task Manager to be disabled. In such a scenario, every time you try to launch it, you will receive a message saying that the 'Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator'. In this case, the first thing you should do is to install a good antivirus solution and disinfect your PC. If you need recommendations on good security solutions, check our 'Security for Everyone' series. After you disinfect your PC, you can enable your Task Manager again by using a free tool called TaskMgrED, developed by one of our team members. In this article you will find out how this tool works and also receive the download link.

Windows locks up until launch Task Manager.

Just recently Windows (Win7 x64) has started locking up not allowing me to do anything (getting the audible click you get when you try clicking on an application when there is a popup you have to deal with first, though there is nothing that needs dealing with) until I press "Ctrl+Alt+Del" & then select "Launch Task Manager".

As soon as Task Manager Is Launched I can just close it without the need to do anything else & Windows is once again responding normally.

Open Task Manager

Task Manager displays the programs, processes, and services that are currently running on your computer. You can use Task Manager to monitor your computers performance or to close a program that's not responding .

Windows Task Manager has stopped working

Strange issue. When I attempt to start task manager, the application starts but I get an immediate error message:

Windows Task Manager has stopped working

Followed by:

Windows Task Manager has stopped working
A problem caused the program to stop working correctly.
Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

The only button available is “Close program”. No other option but to take it.

I have researched this on Microsoft sites but they attribute the problem to malware and really don’t give any solution to the issue. I have a full Zone Alarm suite and the security scanshows no issues so I don’t think malware is the problem.

I’ve tried modifying the registry entry and letting it create a new one but that doesn't’t help, either.

Only services on task manager

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I noticed recently when I brought up task manager all I had was a window with nothing but services. There were no tabs for applications, processes etc. What gives?

Windows Explorer doesn't work

Windows explorer always freezes and crashes when I try to open it. The window will pop up, but freeze immediately and crash. Due to this, I can't open many programs or save/open things. Browsers still work (I'm using Chrome), but if I try to save to upload anything, Chrome will crash.

I remember I did try doing system restores, but it didn't do much. I can however, stilldownload things.

I can't use programs Photoshop or MS Word because that requires opening and saving, which, of course, doesn't work. They will freeze and crash if I try to do anything.

There are still a few applications that will run, such as Itunes and Skype. But inconveniently, my ipod stopped working around the same time and I tried restoring with this computer, but it didn't work. I had to restore it from another computer instead.

There is one program that I can open and save things in and that's Paint Tool Sai, which is a drawing program, but I can only do so with a USB drive.

I can't type anything into the Search bar when I press the start button, Windows Explorer just crashes again and my whole computer freezes up until I close Windows Explorer completely. Ican't go into Personalize from the desktop either

I've run some virus scans, but they haven't found anything. My dad's tried running some recovery programs at first, but they would all freeze in the middle of running and become non-responsive.

He's been out of town for months so he hasn't been able to further investigate my computer.

I remember when the problem first occurred my laptop would freeze at random times and I'd have to hold down the power button and force it to shut down. Being unable to do anything, I stopped using the computer for several months, but recently tried to coax it to do something.

I'm only really able to use Chrome, but sometimes pages load really slowly. However, by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete and opening Task Manager, I can get the pages going, but this occurs relatively often.

I don't know how to back up my files because Windows Explorer won't run.

I have found [LINK] here extremely similar to my situation but I'm not sure what to do.

However, for me, the problem occurred right after I downloaded a Videospin trial. But I stopped the download halfway in because I didn't need it anymore. My computer was fine up until the next morning when I turned it on and it became what it is now.

I couldn't get into Add/Remove programs right from the start, so I don't know what's going on there.

Tips and Tricks about Using the Task Manager

We would like to finish our coverage of the Task Manager in Windows 7 with an article showing some advanced tricks about how it can be used. The article will include: how to manage active services, identify the processes used by a service, view data about your system’s resource usage or your network utilisation and how to manage other active users on your computer.

Kill rogue processes with taskkill

Use taskkill to stop a rogue system process in Microsoft Windows 7 when the Task Manager is just not powerful enough. There are times, regardless of your operating system, when you will need to manually kill a rogue process. Most of the time, this can easily be done with the help of the Microsoft Windows 7 Task Manager.

Programs sometimes missing in task bar

In Windows 7, when I boot, sometimes a couple of programs don't show up in the task bar. Mostly, it's WinPatrol and MSE.

But, when I check task manager I can see they are running. Here's a screen shot of what's running now.

Exit a program that isn't responding

If a program on your computer stops responding, Windows will try to find the problem and fix it automatically. If you don't want to wait, you can end the program yourself by using Task Manager. Using Task Manager to end a program yourself might be faster than waiting, but any unsaved changes will be lost. If you have important work that you want to keep, wait a few minutes and let Windows try to fix the problem first. Watch this video to learn how to exit a program that isn't responding.