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Task Manager Damaged?

By WorkForFood ·
I have a Windows Pro 2000 user with a damaged Task Manager. When started, it comes up in the system tray and a minimized button appears in the task bar with no text. If you try to maximize it nothing happens, making it completely useless. I tried replacing taskmgr.exe with no luck. I suspect this may have been the result of a virus or file corruption but have not been able to find info on what other files taskmgr.exe depends on so I can replace them. Thanks for any help on this!

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by bart777 In reply to Task Manager Damaged?

One thing to check before you get nuclear with it would be to log in with a different LOCAL account and see if you get the same behavior. It would be good if this was a new account with no existing profile on the box. If the task manager works correctly then we know it's more of a profile problem.

Good luck

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by WorkForFood In reply to

I wouldn't have believed something in the profile had wacked Task
Manager, but it did! Creating a new user with a fresh profile fixed this problem. Of course, "copying" the profile also copied the problem, so I would like to know what part of a user's profile could have this effect on Task Manager so that the rest of the profile could be copied over without losing all of the user's settings.

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by Nicolas Solop In reply to Task Manager Damaged?

If you want to check if you have a virus or something like that running on that computer you can use Process Explorer from Sysinternals.

http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/ProcessExplorer.html

Regards

Nicolas Solop

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Task Manager Damaged?

if you have your win2k install cd you can boot from it and pretend you are going to reinstall (gulp) after long nail biting interval Setup will come back and offer to do a 'repair'. Let it.

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by WorkForFood In reply to

Worth a try, but disk was not available at the time.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Task Manager Damaged?

Hi

Or... Start>Run and type:

sfc /scannow

then press enter/click OK and wait. This will check your system files and replace any that are missing/corrupted.

Good luck

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