for the past few days i have been having problems with my task manager, i dont know how it started but i DO know that whenever i hit CTRL + ALT + DEL task manager does not pop up and when you try to open that or the command prompt or regedit in the " start/ run" thingy it just says "another program is currently using this file." ive been reading the forums on the error and i really just dont understand all the log stuff everyone keeps posting. and from what I can understand I dont think that anyone has been able to find a solution to it yet. i haven't found any real solution either but i happened to have found a temporary solution that doesn't seem to have been mentioned yet from what i've noticed. ONE TIME STEPS (this list of steps may look long and complicated, but infact they are very short and simple and should not take too long. I just made sure i was very clear and thorough on each little detail.) STEP 1: - restart your computer in safemode (note: i only did this in safe mode just because i happened to be in safemode when i came up with this idea and i haven't tried it in regular mode. you're welcome to skip going into safemode and do the rest of the steps but i CANNOT promise you it will work.) STEP 2: - go into "C:\WINDOWS\system32\" STEP 3: - find the file "taskmgr.exe" STEP 4: - copy and paste it onto your desktop (note: make sure you are actually copying the file and not just making a shortcut) STEP 5: - rename the new file anything you want other than "taskmgr.exe" (i named it "dawg.exe") STEP 6: - restart your computer in regular mode (note: skip this step if you skipped STEP 1) STEPS TO GO THROUGH EVERY START-UP STEP 7: - once you've logged into your user double click the copied file on your desktop(AKA "dawg.exe" in my case), taskmanager should pop up. STEP 8: - make sure you have selected the programs tab at the top right (note: if you are a skilled computer person please read the STATEMENT near the bottem before you perform step 9, if you aren't too skilled then i suggest just finishing the last step for the sake of avoiding any possible confusion the statement may cause.) STEP 9: - there may be multiple programs listed that open upon start-up, find "installer" and close it. once you've done that a few things should work correctly now; you should be able to open task manager regularly through CTRL + ALT + DEL, limewire will stop trying to open (or install itself if you uninstalled it in an effort to fix the problem), you can open command prompt, and you can use the regetid. AGAIN this is only temporary. meaning you will have to do this everytime you log into your user (don't worry, just steps 7 through 9) this does not solve the problem or rid your computer of any nasty malware that may be causing the problem. it is mainly just to provide a pretty effective mode of relief from this problem until someone figures out how to fix it. STATEMENT TO ANY HARDCORE TECH SAVY PEOPLE LOOKING INTO THE ISSUE: looking back at step 9, if you right click on "installer" and click "Go to Process" it sends you to the process "taskmgr.exe" you will also notice that in the process list you can see "dawg.exe, or whatever" meaning that the task manager you are actually using is under the "dawg.exe/whatever" file and that something has hijacked the identity of the actual task manager and appears in the processes as "taskmgr.exe" and is using it against your computer. (well atleast that is what i have intuitively concluded, i do not know exactly what it means) Now i'm not too knowlegdable about actual codes and logs and programmings but i have a good feel for the dynamics and such of how computers work, I may just be looking too much into this little detail but i feel like this might reveal a clue to anyone trying to really find the solution to the problem.....return to step 9 if you haven't done so yet. I hope this has helped! =) NOTE: before i did this ENTIRE process i ran a scan with "Spybot Search and destroy" in safemode, i dont think that it is necissary to do that to acheive the steps. but if the steps end up not working like i described then you may want to go to download.com and search for "Spybot Search and destroy" it is completaly free and in my opinion works great. but again it is not required.