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Task Manager has changed and does not function correctly

  1. #1


    USAOz Guest

    Task Manager has changed and does not function correctly

    For some unknown reason (but after the most recent 25/9/08) automatic windows
    update, my Task Manager does not appear or function correctly.

    When I press Ctrl-Alt-Del to invoke the Task Manager, I no longer get the
    screen with all the tabs at the top, instead I get only a white window with
    the currently running tasks showing. I can NOT do ANYTHING in this window -
    nor even switch tasks asI used to be able to do!

    I cannot close this window unliss I right-click the system toolbar icon.

    I cannot even log-off or restrart as I used to be able to do in this window.

    Any ideas about what's happened and more importantly, how to correct this
    sitaution and restore the Task Manager to Windows installed default?


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  3. #2


    Mark L. Ferguson Guest

    Re: Task Manager has changed and does not function correctly

    Task Manager Menu Bar and Tabs Are Not Visible:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/193050/en-us

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    "USAOz" <USAOz@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:9E1AE131-1AB8-4E9D-9E45-2CC9ECD47E17@xxxxxx

    > For some unknown reason (but after the most recent 25/9/08) automatic
    > windows
    > update, my Task Manager does not appear or function correctly.
    >
    > When I press Ctrl-Alt-Del to invoke the Task Manager, I no longer get the
    > screen with all the tabs at the top, instead I get only a white window
    > with
    > the currently running tasks showing. I can NOT do ANYTHING in this
    > window -
    > nor even switch tasks asI used to be able to do!
    >
    > I cannot close this window unliss I right-click the system toolbar icon.
    >
    > I cannot even log-off or restrart as I used to be able to do in this
    > window.
    >
    > Any ideas about what's happened and more importantly, how to correct this
    > sitaution and restore the Task Manager to Windows installed default?
    >

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  4. #3


    Paul Montgumdrop Guest

    Re: Task Manager has changed and does not function correctly

    USAOz wrote:

    > For some unknown reason (but after the most recent 25/9/08) automatic windows
    > update, my Task Manager does not appear or function correctly.
    >
    > When I press Ctrl-Alt-Del to invoke the Task Manager, I no longer get the
    > screen with all the tabs at the top, instead I get only a white window with
    > the currently running tasks showing. I can NOT do ANYTHING in this window -
    > nor even switch tasks asI used to be able to do!
    >
    > I cannot close this window unliss I right-click the system toolbar icon.
    >
    > I cannot even log-off or restrart as I used to be able to do in this window.
    >
    > Any ideas about what's happened and more importantly, how to correct this
    > sitaution and restore the Task Manager to Windows installed default?
    >
    You can do a system restore back to a point prior to the updates you
    have mentioned to correct the problem, possibly. You can also do the
    updates manually to pinpoint what update has caused you problems.

    Keep in mind now that when a user starts having problems with Task
    Manager, it's usually malware that is the culprit.

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    Re: Task Manager has changed and does not function correctly

    Hello USAOz,

    It sounds like you may have Task Manager in small footprint mode. This tutorial will help show you how to get out of it to go back to normal mode.

    Task Manager - Small Footprint Mode

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

    Quote Originally Posted by USAOz View Post
    For some unknown reason (but after the most recent 25/9/08) automatic windows
    update, my Task Manager does not appear or function correctly.

    When I press Ctrl-Alt-Del to invoke the Task Manager, I no longer get the
    screen with all the tabs at the top, instead I get only a white window with
    the currently running tasks showing. I can NOT do ANYTHING in this window -
    nor even switch tasks asI used to be able to do!

    I cannot close this window unliss I right-click the system toolbar icon.

    I cannot even log-off or restrart as I used to be able to do in this window.

    Any ideas about what's happened and more importantly, how to correct this
    sitaution and restore the Task Manager to Windows installed default?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #5


    Richard Urban Guest

    Re: Task Manager has changed and does not function correctly

    This has nothing to do with malware and everything to do with the fact that
    the O/P changed the mode of operation for Task Manager without realizing it.

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    "Paul Montgumdrop" <Paul@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > USAOz wrote:

    >> For some unknown reason (but after the most recent 25/9/08) automatic
    >> windows update, my Task Manager does not appear or function correctly.
    >>
    >> When I press Ctrl-Alt-Del to invoke the Task Manager, I no longer get the
    >> screen with all the tabs at the top, instead I get only a white window
    >> with the currently running tasks showing. I can NOT do ANYTHING in this
    >> window - nor even switch tasks asI used to be able to do!
    >>
    >> I cannot close this window unliss I right-click the system toolbar icon.
    >>
    >> I cannot even log-off or restrart as I used to be able to do in this
    >> window.
    >>
    >> Any ideas about what's happened and more importantly, how to correct this
    >> sitaution and restore the Task Manager to Windows installed default?
    >>
    >
    > You can do a system restore back to a point prior to the updates you have
    > mentioned to correct the problem, possibly. You can also do the updates
    > manually to pinpoint what update has caused you problems.
    >
    > Keep in mind now that when a user starts having problems with Task
    > Manager, it's usually malware that is the culprit.

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  7. #6


    HappyAndyK Guest

    Re: Task Manager has changed and does not function correctly


    Simply double click somewhere in the light grey border area

    USAOz;104295 Wrote:

    > For some unknown reason (but after the most recent 25/9/08) automatic
    > windows
    > update, my Task Manager does not appear or function correctly.
    >
    > When I press Ctrl-Alt-Del to invoke the Task Manager, I no longer get
    > the
    > screen with all the tabs at the top, instead I get only a white window
    > with
    > the currently running tasks showing. I can NOT do ANYTHING in this
    > window -
    > nor even switch tasks asI used to be able to do!
    >
    > I cannot close this window unliss I right-click the system toolbar
    > icon.
    >
    > I cannot even log-off or restrart as I used to be able to do in this
    > window.
    >
    > Any ideas about what's happened and more importantly, how to correct
    > this
    > sitaution and restore the Task Manager to Windows installed default?

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  8. #7


    silver hair Guest

    RE: Task Manager has changed and does not function correctly

    Hi there
    In my Vista Home Basic 32 bit (86)
    I push Ctrl Shift Esc and Windows Task Manager opens
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    lucky me I guess


    "USAOz" wrote:

    > For some unknown reason (but after the most recent 25/9/08) automatic windows
    > update, my Task Manager does not appear or function correctly.
    >
    > When I press Ctrl-Alt-Del to invoke the Task Manager, I no longer get the
    > screen with all the tabs at the top, instead I get only a white window with
    > the currently running tasks showing. I can NOT do ANYTHING in this window -
    > nor even switch tasks asI used to be able to do!
    >
    > I cannot close this window unliss I right-click the system toolbar icon.
    >
    > I cannot even log-off or restrart as I used to be able to do in this window.
    >
    > Any ideas about what's happened and more importantly, how to correct this
    > sitaution and restore the Task Manager to Windows installed default?
    >

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  9. #8


    Paul Montgumdrop Guest

    Re: Task Manager has changed and does not function correctly

    Bruce Chambers wrote:

    > Paul Montgumdrop wrote:

    >>
    >>
    >> You can do a system restore back to a point prior to the updates you
    >> have mentioned to correct the problem, possibly. You can also do the
    >> updates manually to pinpoint what update has caused you problems.
    >>
    >> Keep in mind now that when a user starts having problems with Task
    >> Manager, it's usually malware that is the culprit.
    >
    >
    > Seems like a rather severe remedy for correcting a known display
    > option of the Task Manager.
    >
    > There's no malware involved; the OP simply accidentally
    > double-clicked the Task Manager's border, and now need only repeat the
    > action to reverse the toggle and restore the Task Manager's normal
    > interface.
    >
    >
    I didn't even know that Task Manager had some kind of small foot print.
    I based it on the information given and past incidents of Task Manager
    being taken-out by malware so the user could not see or do anything by
    using TM, which was always the case on other MS Windows O/S platforms.

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  10. #9


    USAOz Guest

    RE: Task Manager has changed and does not function correctly

    Thank you VERY much for that useful and correct solution!

    As was indicated in the sub-discussions to this post, I - like many others -
    was not even aware of this "tiny footprint" option! Why would you even WANT
    it? As it seems that MS had "under-documented" it and its solution, you
    would think they WOULD document it or put a fix or restore default option in
    the Task Manager!

    Again - thanks heaps!


    "USAOz" wrote:

    > For some unknown reason (but after the most recent 25/9/08) automatic windows
    > update, my Task Manager does not appear or function correctly.
    >
    > When I press Ctrl-Alt-Del to invoke the Task Manager, I no longer get the
    > screen with all the tabs at the top, instead I get only a white window with
    > the currently running tasks showing. I can NOT do ANYTHING in this window -
    > nor even switch tasks asI used to be able to do!
    >
    > I cannot close this window unliss I right-click the system toolbar icon.
    >
    > I cannot even log-off or restrart as I used to be able to do in this window.
    >
    > Any ideas about what's happened and more importantly, how to correct this
    > sitaution and restore the Task Manager to Windows installed default?
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Re: Task Manager has changed and does not function correctly

    Quote Originally Posted by silver hair View Post
    I push Ctrl Shift Esc and Windows Task Manager opens
    Oh nice, I was just looking for something like that! ctrl alt del was driving me nuts (that stupid extra step imho)

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