Since yesterday, I cannot open any folder on my PC and when I try to open task manager to close explorer, it closes right away.
When I try to open any folder (This PC or Downloads for example) my background flashes black, then the task bar goes blank and then nothing happens. When I try to open the task manager, it opens for 2 seconds and then closes itself down. All my files are still accessible since I am able to still play movies from WMP and I can still search from the Start screen.
I do not want to format my PC just to get something like this working again.
OK, I've noticed that what's happening is, explorer.exe pretty much restarts every time I try to open a folder. And that obviously stops the folder I'm trying to open, from opening. What's happening with task manager.
I've been loving the new Task Manager, it's better in every aspect except the time it takes to use. 1 minute is not acceptable for anything that isn't Skyrim, it takes so long that at first I assumed I hadn't pressed the keys correctly.
However it's much faster to open the second time, so I guess some process stays running after it's opened the first time. I wouldn't mind slowing down my startup a bit if it allowed me to have that process already running so when I open it the first time it takes a second.
Which process it might be and how I can set it to execute on startup? I'm not trying to open Task Manager on startup, just whatever makes it open faster.
I updated to Windows 8.1 last month. It was quite smooth until some issues started 2-4 days ago. I don't remember if I have done something that may cause this, but I'm quite sure that I didn't make any change to the system.
The problem is, even when I am not opening any applications, my fan suddenly blows very strong and makes loud noise. From the CoreTemp utility I notice that CPU usage is 100% and its temperature is much higher than normal. Again, this happens even when I am not opening any applications, and have started the computer hours ago (so it's not starting up).
The most strange thing is that the problem is solved completely when I open task manager. The first thing I see after doing that is task manager itself is taking up ~60-70% CPU, but that number goes down very quickly, and the total CPU usage drops to normal. The temperature shown in CoreTemp drops also and the fan becomes quiet.
Another issue with my current computer is that when I open certain applications (for example, Google Chrome), the process of the application appears in task manager, but in the background. And the application does not show up until 10-20 minutes later.
And when I use Windows Media Player, every song is stucked for ~5 seconds before being played. And there're spikes in the sound.
My brother just emailed me, he's just installed update 1 from Windows Update correctly and it's rebooted to a black screen and cursor only - nothing works, safe mode is no different - can't open CMD or Task manager
Can't seem to get Advanced options > System restore, PC keeps only giving F8 safemode options, none of them work
He doesn't have any 8.1 Media either. How to get him back into Windows ?
As my machine doesn't support SLAT in HyperV I am using VMlite XP mode to run some 16 bit programs I need. Very occaisionally VMlite hangs on close after it has saved state or shutdown the guest machine.
I go to task manager and click end task on the Workstation GUI and it closes but very occaisionally end task wont closed the program. Sign off wont close the program either and restarting hangs at the blue screen 'restarting' I have to push the reset button on the tower to get the machine to restart.
Is there any hidden way of closing VMlite so I dont have to restart, a sort of hard end task?
I just got a new laptop with an i7-4700mq in it.. 4th gen Intels.. what does task manager performance tab show? Mine shows the processor at 1% usage, but the speed up at 3.2 GHz which is turbo boost speed I think..
See attached picture for what I mean. I just remember my previous laptop (i7-740qm) would show it throttling right down to less than 1GHz when nothing was happening. I have the latest drivers.
I have an inquiry about the Windows 8 tskmgr loading time. Whenever I press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC, it takes AGES to pop up.Usually between 10 and 20 seconds. This happens after every boot and is very frustrating. What is the cause of this and is there a solution?
Just found out that when I go to Startup items from Task manager and msconfig, Startup is not populated at all. All the items set to start are working and visible, just no listing in Startup for any. System scan including Dism comes up clean as a whistle and so is malware detection. Haven't checked since newest updates but can's see a reason for them to do only that.
When CPU usage is just high (50% to 60%) and I open Task Manager, it's usually McAfee on access scanner at work because I've just clicked an emoticon or something like that. Other examples are service host -- some long winded process I can't always find in the TM list to get the name right.
But when it's 100% and this has happened consecutively for over half a dozen attempts to find what spikes this, I'm dead serious: CPU usage has dropped immediately to under 3%. Yesterday and today I've "caught" this thing 2 times. CPU usage drops so fast you can't see what spiked it.
There are 2 Google Ads that pop in right about here but don't show up when I edit the post. These do not work, find hundreds of non-existent "errors" so that you'll buy the program and then when you run it you might get less than half a dozen errors fixed. Don't trust these programs, I don't. I have no control over what Google Ads does but I'd call it anything but "Adsense" to be honest.
I had Norton trial as the default AV when I first fired up and set up the laptop but I'm a McAfee person so set this up and removed Norton during the McAfee setup process. So it's not likely this is an infection. I apply all updates as soon as I see them, if I'm working and can't quit at the time an Update notice comes through then it's no more than overnight that these are applied.
I am currently using Windows 8 Professional (x64) as an administrator. My issue is that often certain programs or software do not exit properly and show up on Task manager as background processes. The issue is that I cannot end these processes because "Access is Denied" and must therefore restart my computer in order to run these programs. A simple example is Skype. When I quit Skype, it will show up as a background process on Task manager and I cannot end the process. If I try to sign into my Skype account again, it says that I am already logged in from this computer. Battlefield 4 is another example. I've never had this issue with Skype or BF4 previously, nor do I remember installing something significant that may have made changes to my PC.
This maybe fall under customization but here goes. I'd like to be able to set default tabs for when i open task manager in windows 8. when i open task manager, default is process and i'd like to change that to details. I almost don't use process and I always find myself jumping to details and services, is there anyway to do this?
bought asus s400ca laptop last week with win 8 on it,when i checked start up in taskmanager it is blank and says "there areno start up items to display " even though there are many programs starting.
I updated to win 8.1 through microsoft store,and still blank start up.Ive tried entering start up folder but there already 1 there C:Users[username]AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup ,also i tried sfc/scannow,also 3rd party software wont stop start up rograms ,i used cc cleaner and auturuns
This is a problem i have been having (win8pro, amd 4850, whql drivers)...
When/if a full screen game or 3d stuff hangs up, on windows 7 you can open the task manager (by any means, ctrlshift esc, or ctrl alt sup, or alt tab and right click task bar)and end the process, but on windows 8 the games keeps some kind of lock on the desktop and i can't kill the process because i can't get focus on the task manager...
I can see the task bar, i can alt tab, and with alt tab i can see what's going on the rest of the windows, but i can't input anything on them, except on metro apps and start screen, so i can't access the task manager and kill the app.
When something like that happened on win 7, you could still open the task manager above the game and end it I have to log off and log on in order to kill the application...
Lately I have noticed a high disk usage with the computer using task manager. Things that cause this spike is conducting normal operations just as opening an application or the web-browser.
I do not recall seeing any disk usage on task manager for the past few weeks except yesterday (perhaps I did but I do not remember). It appears to me as if those application are using the HDD as RAM even though there is space on the 8GB memory. So I am not entirely sure.
I would like to know if it is normal for applications such as Chrome to be using the disk space? And if so, what may be causing high disk usage?
Task Manager, or as I like to call it, El Diablo, has defeated me. My goal is : Like in past Windows, set it up so that it minimizes to the tray when it's run automatically upon login (or startup).
This never used to be a problem: 1) Run Task Manager and set Options/Minimize on Use. 2) Put a shortcut to taskmgr.exe in your Startup group 3) Access the properties of that shortcut and set Minimized.
Note: A new thing in Win8 is that Task Manager will not run on Startup at all unless it's run as admin, so be sure to set that in the shortcut.
But this doesn't achieve the goal, since Task Manager is minimized to the taskbar, so you have to click it to open and then click minimize for it to go to the tray.
I'm assuming this is a bug, but no matter. So I turned to Task Scheduler, but nothing I tried there worked any better.
I even tried incorporating NirCmd, using a command like you see below, but it only wants to work when I run it manually from a command prompt, not from a scheduled batch file.
I can use windows task manager to enable or disable the startup items. But when I uninstall and reinstall the program, the related startup item re-appears with the same status of enable or disable as that before uninstalling. So, I wonder where does the system store the status information. I try to search the regedit but no results.
I mean the status (show in the pic) of the startup items rather than the items themselves. Please do not tell me about the "startup" folders or "HKLM****RUN" key.
When I close my Metro apps (dragging and then closing) in Windows instead of closing and exiting they stay suspended in Task Manager and I have to close them manually from the task manager..Is there a way to get them closed upon exiting the app?
I've added task manager to my scheduled tasks at logon. Everywhere I google, they say to put the /min or -minimized arguments in it to launch it minimized, except neither option works for me. Task Manager launches, but just sits there on my desktop.
Is there a new argument for minimized in Windows 8?