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Task Manager has changed and does not function correctly

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USAOz

#1
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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Mark L. Ferguson

#2
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
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> 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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Paul Montgumdrop

#3
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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#4
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.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/114377-task-manager-small-footprint-mode.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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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Richard Urban

#5
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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HappyAndyK

#6
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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silver hair

#7
Hi there
In my Vista Home Basic 32 bit (86)
I push Ctrl Shift Esc and Windows Task Manager opens
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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?
>
 

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Paul Montgumdrop

#8
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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USAOz

#9
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?
>
 

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#10
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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