Solution for Windows cannot find taskmgr.exe error

November 21st, 2011 by Alexey Abalmasov Leave a reply »

Sometimes you can see such an error message on your monitor:

“Windows cannot find “C:\Windows\system32\taskmgr.exe”. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and try again.”

windows cannot find taskmgr.exe

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Reasons of this error

This is so-called Windows cannot find taskmgr.exe error. The essence of this error is that Windows system is not able to find this file in its system folder. There are not so much reasons of this error. One of the reason is that configuration of system files is wrong. It can be also the consequences of some problems in System Register, for example it can be full up with the great amount of information. Or sometimes the system file can be just lost or defective because of some viruses or malware on your computer. The signs of the whole problem can include also sudden program lock-ups, slow computer performance, some problems on computer startup and shutdown and occasionally the problems with installation of programs. You will not be able to define the real source of these problems by yourselves, but still you may try to fix it. The most frequent reason is the presence of viruses, Trojans, spyware, or some other types of malware, so please scan your system for viruses and then restore your Windows system with the help of Microsoft Windows setup disk.

Possible solutions

But if this method is useless for you then you may follow this one:

  • 1. Download Sysinternals Suite from Microsoft Technet and unarchive it.
  • 2. The find and run procexp.exe.
  • 3. Select Options menu on Replace Task Manager and then Restore Task Manager.
  • 4. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del.

With the help of this method the settings are re-targeted and the application must work well and Windows cannot find taskmgr.exe Error mustn’t appear again.
But if the application taskmgr.exe is still disabled then the following method is for you:

  • 1. Click Start, then type regedit.exe into the Search box and click OK.
  • 2. Then find this key in the System Registry:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

  • 3. Double-click “DisableTaskMgr“, then replace the “1” with a “0“.
  • You even don’t need to reboot your computer; the taskmgr.exe must be operable now

There is also another solution of Windows cannot find taskmgr.exe Error:

With the help of Autorun Utility you may find out that the name “taskmgr.exe” was substituted with the name “PROCEXP64.EXE”. And to straighten out this problem, you should edit the two registry keys to point to PROCEXP.EXE instead.

Here are the keys:

HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\taskmgr.exe = …your path…\procexp.exe
HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\taskmgr.exe = …your path…\procexp.exe

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