Task manager has disappeared

By benbear
Jan 17, 2009
  1. Hello all. Firstly I have read every post on this forum about this forum and googled away but I'm getting no answers.

    Firstly I was not sure to put this here so sorry about tht.

    Ok, I was have been using xp with no problems. I use nod 32 and windows defender to stop the viruses. So all good.
    Yesterday I wanted to give linux a go. So went for Ubuntu 8.10 and downloaded the free file.

    Partitioned my drive with magic and now have 426 gb on the c drive for my windows os and 40 gb on e drive for the linux.

    All good I can use one or the other when I turn my machine on :D

    But, task manager in windows has disappeared ctrl alt delete pressed and nothing.
    Click task bar and task manger and nothing.
    And even in start run and typed Taskmgr and nothing

    And I don't have dllcache\taskman.exe in my folder C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\taskman.exe

    Searched for the file and nothing. Can someone help or do have to reinstall windows again.

  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    How about taskmgr.exe ?

    edit: in any event, you likely have bad guys - go through the 8 step malware removal process pdq - gl
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Here are the standard Xp locations of Taskmgr.exe


    If running any of these does not work try each (or any one) of these options, restart and test again:

    What to do about Task Manager problems

    Task Manager Repair:


    Download RatsCheddar, and tick all fields

    Start -> Run -> SFC /ScanNow (you will need your Windows CD, no Data will be lost)

    UPDATED 8-step Viruses/Spyware/Malware Preliminary Removal Instructions

    Please let me know which one worked :)
  4. benbear

    benbear TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks kimsland and CCT. Gave them all a try. I think when I partitioned my drive the file might of got lost.

    Just bad luck for me.

    So I backed my files up and installed xp again on my c drive and now all is good.

    It only took me an hour to get it all back so no harm done and gave my computer a nice breather as well.

    Thanks anyway

  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

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