cant open task manager i have the same problem my task manager wont open when i press ctrl alt delete. so i went to start, and search. I then typed in " taskmgr.exe " and clicked search. it came up with a few taskmgr.exe files so i clicked on each one to see wich one would work. on the one that opened the task manager, i right clicked on it and click Send To , Desktop Create Shortcut. Now all i have to do is click the shortcut on my desktop to open the taskmanager.