Solved

user names have disappeared from the "processes" tab of the Task Manager. (XP)

Posted on 2004-08-03
9
6,414 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
How can I fix this problem: the "user name" column of the "Processes" tab of the
Windows Task Manager is empty.  It doesn't show my name in user processes, and
it doesn't show "system" anymore for the system processes.  In the "Users" tab
of the Task Manager, no users at all are listed.

Actually on the processes tab, it shows "system" as the user name of the "system Idle"
process, but all the others are blank.

The names were there a few days ago, when i last looked.  The computer seems to be
running properly.  I can log out, and log in; the password protection on the log-in is
working.  I don't know if this is a symptom of terrible things.  

SFC /scannow returned no errors.  Norton full system scan found no virus. Nothing strange
in the startup sequence.  No alien processes running, so far as i can tell.  

I hope someone can tell me how to fix this! Thanks, astra.
0
Comment
Question by:astragalix
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
9 Comments
 
LVL 34

Expert Comment

by:sramesh2k
ID: 11701281
Try resetting the TaskManager settings using this fix:
http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/reg/TaskManager_Reset.reg
0
 

Author Comment

by:astragalix
ID: 11706589
Hi sramesh2K.  Thanks for your quick response.

I backed up that registry key, and ran your TaskManager_Reset.

This did not solve the problem.  I rebooted, and still nothing.  The problem is still the
same, when i open Task Manager, it does not display any "user names" in the
"processes" tab of the Task Manager.

Any other thoughts?  Best to you, astra.
0
 
LVL 34

Expert Comment

by:sramesh2k
ID: 11708202
Apart from View > Select Columns, I have no clues as of now. A spyware check might help! but I will look into it, astra.
0
Ransomware-A Revenue Bonanza for Service Providers

Ransomware – malware that gets on your customers’ computers, encrypts their data, and extorts a hefty ransom for the decryption keys – is a surging new threat.  The purpose of this eBook is to educate the reader about ransomware attacks.

 

Author Comment

by:astragalix
ID: 11710239
Solved it myself!  

The names in Task Manager will appear only if you have "Terminal Services" running.  If you disable "Terminal Services" the names disappear.

0
 
LVL 34

Expert Comment

by:sramesh2k
ID: 11712591
Excellent, astragalix!!

How did you find out?
0
 

Author Comment

by:astragalix
ID: 11718715
Thanks sramesh.

I found out by google-ing to find someone else with the same problem, he got as far as discovering that it was "something in services" by turning them all on... so i went the next step and enabled and disabled services selectively until i found the 'culprit'.

thanks again for your help, astra
0
 
LVL 34

Expert Comment

by:sramesh2k
ID: 11719579
Thanks for the feedback astra.
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
OzzMod earned 0 total points
ID: 11741986
Closed, 250 points refunded.

Thanks

OzzMod
Community Support Moderator
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Windows 7 VM unable to boot up after shutdown 12 186
Program tries to re-install when opening 6 93
Reading registry key from HKCU and not hklm 10 140
How are Button Fonts Created? 2 61
Disclosure: Use this tutorial only when no other options helps to get Windows XP running without any problems and you don't want to format the drive. The back up of the data is the responsible of the user, however there is a description of how t…
Step by step guide to Clean and Sort your windows registry! Introduction: Always remember: A Clean registry = Better performance = Save your invaluable time In this article we're going to clear our registry manually! Yes, manually! The e…
Excel styles will make formatting consistent and let you apply and change formatting faster. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Excel's built-in styles, how to modify styles, and how to create your own. You'll also learn how to use your custo…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question