Windows Task Manager Not Responding

You’ve probably had a computer malfunction that you’ve fixed by selecting Ctrl+ Alt+ Delete at the same time. This opens up the menu so that you can click on the tab labeled “Task Manager.” What is a task manager? This is a component found in every version of Windows, and it allows you to see all of the tasks that the computer is currently completing.

Ctrl+ Shift+ and Esc You can view how much memory a program is using, close a program that’s frozen, and view any available resources that you can use on your system. A shortcut to opening your task manager is using the Ctrl+ Shift+ and Esc keys on your keyboard. The tabs at the top of the screen will show you different aspects of the processes running on your system. Most of the time, the Task Manager is used for the End Task function, but there’s a lot of information about your device that you can see.

Although this program can fix a lot of the issues that your device might be having, there are times when it might have a few issues of its own. It’s common for the Task Manager to have a few issues of its own, so there are a few ways that you can troubleshoots any issues that you might be having. Here are a few.

Update Windows

Most of the time, your Task Manager begins malfunctioning and it’s not an issue that’s only happening to your device. Microsoft will launch an update that’ll fix the issue of a crashing Task Manager. Usually, you’ll receive a notification when your device has an update available. If there’s been one that you’re putting off, install that. If you haven’t received notification about an update, then there’s a way to check if there’s one available.

1. Launch the Settings app on your Windows device. If you don’t see the gear icon to click, than you can use the search bar in your tool bar to search for it.

2. Click on Update and Security at the bottom of the screen. The icon is two arrows arranged in a circle.

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3. At the top of the screen, you’ll see if there’s an update available. If there is, click Download to begin downloading it.

4. Once the update is installed and your device has restarted, make sure that you try to launch the Task Manager again to see if it works.

Sign out and Re- Sign In

Another way that you can fix your malfunctioning Task Manager is by signing out of your device and re- signing in. This is a troubleshooting technique that many in the Microsoft forum cite as a method that helped them make their Task Manager work again. Here how you can log out of your account.

1. Press the Ctrl+ Alt+ Delete keys on your keyboard.

2. When the menu appears, select Sign Out.

3. Once you sign out, you’ll be on your lock screen. On your lock screen, type in your credentials and log in.

4. Launch your Task Manager by using the Ctrl+ Shift+ Esc keys on your keyboard to see if it’ll work now.

Use the System File Checker

This will scan your computer for corrupted files and restore any of them. Here’s how you use the System File Checker.

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1. Type cmd into the search bar located on your toolbar.

2. You’ll see the Command Prompt option on the right side of the screen. Underneath it, you’ll see 5 options. Select the option that says “Run as Administrator.”

3. When it asks if the app can make changes to your computer, select “Yes” and the app will open.

sfc/scannow

4. Type sfc/scannow and press Enter on your keyboard. On the screen, you should see the scan begin. Once the scan begins, you should see that notification on the screen.

Once the process is done, close the command prompt and restart your device. Launch the Task Manager once you turn on your device.

Run DISM

DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management. This is a command tool that is built into Windows 10 and 8. If your Windows device is running Windows 10 or 8, then this is a fix that you might want to try. This tool will mount and service all images in Windows before opening them. DISM will also fix any issues that it finds. Here’s how you can use DISM to fix your Task Manager.

1. Type cmd into the search bar located on your toolbar.

2. You’ll see the Command Prompt option on the right side of the screen. Underneath it, you’ll see 5 options. Select the option that says “Run as Administrator.”

3. When it asks if the app can make changes to your computer, select “Yes” and the app will open.

Command Line

4. Paste or type the following Command Line into the CMD window: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth. Hit Enter on your keyboard and the scan will begin. You’ll see the percentage of how much of the scan has been completed as time progresses.

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

5. If there is a problem reported, hit Enter and it’ll tell you if the issue is repairable. If yes, then use the command line DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth to fix the issue. A percentage will begin to load once it begins fixing the issue.

Re- Register the Task Manager Using Powershell

Windows Powershell is on every Windows device, and it’s a command – line tool that’s for system administrators. You can use it to re- register your Task Manager so that it works again. Here’s how you can use it.

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1. Use the search bar in the tool bar to search for Windows Powershell.

2. When it pops up on the right side of the screen, select “Run as Administrator” and select Yes when prompted to.

Get-AppXPackage

3. Copy and paste this onto the screen and hit the Enter key on your keyboard: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

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4. Wait a few minutes for the system process to complete. This may take up to 5 or 6 minutes, so be patient.

Once everything is complete, you should attempt to run Task Manager to see if this method worked.

These are some of the easiest ways that you can troubleshoot your Task Manager not working. Although using the Command Prompt is more involved, it’s a great choice if any of the easier options haven’t worked.