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Help! I Can't Use The Task Manager!


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#1 Bacchus

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 12:53 PM

Well, okay, I can kind of use the task manager. It's really weird. Whenever I hit ctrl + alt + delete it brings up the "processes" tab of the task manager, so that I can see all the processes. You know, the one with "image name", "user name", "CPU" and "Mem Usage". However, there that's all there is... there aren't any tabs at the top of the window to switch to the other functions of the task manager, and there isn't any "x" or "-" to close or minimize the window, either! It's really weird. I can still use the task manager to close a defunct program, as long as I can find the program's process name, but it still can't be a good thing to not be able to use the manager properly.

So, that's a problem. And, while I'm asking a question, can anyone point me to a good (and hopefully relatively simple) guide to cleaning up system performance? In the last couple months my computer has steadily gotten slower and slower, and I'd like to reverse this trend without another reformat.

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 01:17 PM

Double click anywhere on the border of task manager, that should restore the tabs
I finally got it all together, now if I could just remember where I put it.

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 01:20 PM

Hey, look at that! Thanks. Now, does anyone know a quick and effective way to increase my system's speed to what it was a few months ago?

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 01:21 PM

There many steps you could complete to try and resolve the slow down on your computer.
A whole host of reasons might account for this slow down, but I will highlight the most prominent ones below.
On most computers malware is the most common cause, but at the moment I do not think this is the case.
You might like to limit the programs that are loading when your computer starts, you might have unneccessary software loading whn you boot your computer which is eating away at your CPU and ultimatley slowing down your computer. Many programs install a quick launch feature which is not needed; if you want to use the program you can start it up manually. The easiest way to see whether a program is needed at startup, you can use bleeping computer's own list, which gives an indication of whether the program is required/optional etc. Note that essential processes such as those for your anti-virus or your modem must be kept.
So, firstly click on start, then run and type msconfig. Then hit enter.
Click on the startup tab and a list of programs will appear.
You can compare the startup name with those on the startup list., link is below:
www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups

To stop a program loading at boot just remove the tick.
Click "Ok", and choose to restart.

You might like to try and clear clutter off your computer, and free up some space on your harddrive.
Old games, unwanted photos and unused programs could be a starting point.
You can also clear clutter such as temprary files by doing the following:
Go to start and click on the "run" button.
Type the following in the fox --> cleanmgr and click ok.
Let it scan your system for files to remove.
Make sure only Temporary Files, Temporary Internet Files, and Recycle Bin are checked.
Press OK to remove them.

Next you can defragment your hard-drive...when was the last time you did this?
Windows puts new files in any available open space and defragging will cluster files closer together making your harddrive more efficient.
This saves wear and tear while speeding up programs.
1. Open My Computer.
2. Right-click the local disk volume that you want to defragment, and then click Properties.
3. On the Tools tab, click Defragment Now.
4. Click Defragment.
5. This process takes quite a long time, so be patient.

You might also like to read the following tutorial as additional infomation to the above:
These selfhelp instructions can be found here

Oh yeh and also try running the Windows repair facility:
Go to Start...Run...and type in "sfc.exe /scannow" (without the quotes) and press Enter. It may ask for your XP Installation CD. Once it's done, please visit Windows Update to ensure that you've got the latest hotfixes and updates (sfc.exe replaces system files when it runs).

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 03:17 PM

I just removed a whole bunch of startup programs, and yes, it started up much quicker. I'm in the process of defragmenting right now... it's the first time I've done it. Hopefully this will help things!

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 03:22 PM

You're very welcome and good luck! :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 11:00 AM

Make sure you haven't disabled your firewall or your anti-spyware and anti-malware aps.

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 07:49 PM

Had this very problem with the Task Manager & the fix worked for me as well. It just took awhile for me to find this thread.

Thanks




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