Minitool shadowmaker to fix task manager not responding

Sometimes an issue may go wrong with the Task Manager itself. According to reports from Windows 10/8/7 users, this monitor program is not responding or they couldn't find a way to open it.

No matter what version of Windows OS you use, Task Manager will always remain one of the most necessary utilities. There are plenty of times when you will require the Task Manager to aid you.

However, sometimes an issue may arise in the Task Manager itself. As reported by many Windows 10 users, their Task Manager sometimes stops responding.

What is Task Manager? To put it simply, it is a system monitor program that is used to provide some information related to the computer general status as well as the programs and processes running on it.

To access it, open the Run window by pressing Win + R keys and type taskmgr. Next, you can use it to force close some applications and take the computer out of the non-responding state.

Task Manager will always be one of the most necessary utilities no matter which OS you are using.

How to Fix Task Manager Not Responding Windows 7/8/10 Way 1: Restore Your System

The system image includes all system files, settings, applications, and personal files and it can be used to restore the computer to the normal state.

If you have created a system image backup by the professional and free backup software - MiniTool ShadowMaker, now use it to restore your Windows and let Task Manager run properly.

Note: This free Windows backup and recovery software will ask you to perform a system recovery in WinPE. Thus, create a bootable disc with Media Builder feature, boot the PC from the disc and get MiniTool ShadowMaker Bootable Edition to do this task.

Step 1: Under Restore page, find the system image and click the Restore button to the next step.

Tip: The drive letters in WinPE may be different from what they are in Windows. Thus, identify the image you want carefully.


Step 2: Choose a backup version by the backup time.

Step 3: Check MBR and Track 0 and choose all system partitions required for Windows to run.


Step 4: Specify a target disk to restore the system image to. MiniTool ShadowMaker will tell you which partition will be overwritten when restoring an image.


Step 5: A few minutes later, the recovery operation will be finished. Just boot your computer, and you can find Task Manager not responding issue has been solved.


Way 2: Update Windows

If many users face Task Manager not opening or responding issue, Microsoft may release a new update to permanently fix this problem. And now, it might be possible that there is an available update.

Step 1: Launch MiniTool ShadowMaker, choose Connect in the Local part.


Step 2: Go to the Backup page. By default, this free Windows backup software will back up OS but you can click Source section to reselect a backup type.


Besides, choose an external hard drive, USB or NAS to save the backup image file.


Step 3: At last, start the backup task by hitting Back up Now button.


Now, you can install a Windows update. (Take Windows 10 as an example)

  1. Go toStartbutton > Settings > Update & security to automatically enter Windows Update interface.
  2. ClickCheck for updates.
  3. If any update is available, download and install it. Then, restart the PC to check if Windows 10 Task Manager not working is solved or not.


Installing Windows update may be helpful to fix Task Manager or solve other issues that you may be experiencing in your computer. But, if no available update is checked, try the next method.

Way 3: Sign out from Current Account or Switch the User Account

When Windows 7/8 or Windows 10 Task Manager not working occurs, you can try to fix it by signing out of the current account and then signing back in. This is provided as a solution by some users in Microsoft forum.

(Take Win10 as an example.)

To do this, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select Sign out. Afterwards, reboot the OS and sign back into your account to check whether Task Manager can be opened properly.

If this doesn't work, you can try making a new local account and checking if this fixes unresponsive Task Manager.

The following are the steps (take Win10 for example):

1. ClickSettingsin the Start menu and choose Accounts.

2. Go toFamily & other peoplewindow to select Add someone else to this PC.

3. ChooseI don't have this person's sign-in information.

4. SelectAdd a user without Microsoftoption. Then, Windows will prompt you to input user name, password and password hint.

5. Go to Your info interface and then choose Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.

6. Finally, enter an email and the password to sign in. After that, check whether Task Manager can work properly on this account.

Way 4: Run System File Checker

If Task Manager not responding problem still appears on your computer, you can use System File Checker (SFC) to troubleshoot unresponsive Task Manager in Windows 10/8/7.

This tool has been in Microsoft OS since Windows 98, and it is used to scan a computer for corrupted files and restore them to solve some problems.

Follow the guide to fix Task Manager with SFC:

Step 1: Input cmd in the search box and run Command Prompt as an administrator.

Step 2: In the pop-up Command Prompt window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

Way 5: Run DISM to Repair Windows Image

DISM, short for Deployment Image Servicing and Management, is a command-line tool used to mount and service Windows images before deployment. And you can use it to install, uninstall, configure, and update Windows features, international settings packages and drivers in a .wim file or VHD.

If Task Manager doesn't work properly in Windows 10/8 after running SFC, try DISM to fix it.

Step 1: You need to run Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2: Then, type the command line DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth in the pop-out CMD window and end with Enter key to scan for component store corruption. This process could take 10-15 minutes.

If some errors are reported, type Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth and tap Enter to check if the errors are repairable.

If yes, use the command line DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth to fix the corruption.

Way 6: Enable Task Manager Using Registry

Windows Registry is a powerful tool and you can make some modifications to the registry settings to fix some issues, for example, this copy of Windows is not genuine, missing DLL files, etc.

Here, you can also change some registry settings to fix Task Manager not responding or opening in Windows 10/8/7.

Step 1: Tap Windows + R keys to launch the Run dialog box.

Step 2: Input regedit in the textbox and click OK to open Registry Editor.

Step 3: Navigate to the following path:


Step 4: If there is no System key under Policies, please right-click on Policies, choose New and click Keyto create it.

Step 5: In System, right-click on the empty space present on the right side of the window, choose New and DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 6: Name the new DWORD as DisableTaskMgr.

Step 7: Right-click on it and set the value to 0.

Step 8: Finally, save all changes and exit the editor. To let all changes take place, you can try to restart your Windows 10/8/7 to fix Task Manager not working issue.

Way 7: Use Group Policy Editor to Let Task Manager Work Properly

Group Policy Editor is a utility in Windows, allowing you to edit the local policy settings. If Task Manager is disabled in the setting, you will find it is not responding or opening when clicking Task Manager in Windows 10/8/7.

To let Task Manager work properly, follow the details:

Step 1: Type gpedit.msc in the Run dialogue box after pressing Win + R.

Step 2: Go to the path below:

User Configuration>Administrative Templates>System>Ctrl+Alt+Del Options

Step 3: On the right side of the window, find the entry named as Remove Task Manager and double-click it to open its settings.

Step 4: Then, you may find this policy setting is set to Enabled, which prevents users from starting Task Manager. To troubleshoot Task Manager not responding problem, please check Not Configured or Disabled.

And click Apply and OK to execute the change.

Way 8: Use Windows Powershell to Re-register Task Manager

When Task Manager doesn't work, to register it using Windows Powershell can be a solution.

Step 1: Type Windows Powershell in the Start menu search bar, and run it as administrator.

Step 2: Copy and paste the following codes in the Powershell window and press Enter:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Step 3: Wait patiently for the system deployment process operation to complete. The whole process may take about 2 to 10 minutes.

Finally, you can try to run Task Manager to perform other related operations.

There are also other methods that you can try to solveTask Manager Not Responding error.

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