XP Task Manager GUI disappeared all of the sudden! WTF?
Posted on 2007-04-03
This is a weird one. All of the sudden the GUI for Windows Task Manager has disappeared. What I mean by that is that the "surround" part of the GUI that goes around the part that shows the running processes is gone. In other words, the tabs are gone, so I can't switch views (it only shows the processes). I can't switch to the applications tab, or shut down, or the performance view, etc. It's not totally crucial but it could be, and it is annoying.
I can't really trace this to any event except perhaps that I had a little bit of trouble with Microsoft Plus! for XP and I uninstalled/reinstalled it around the same time that this started happening. I have checked Windows for errors and also ran sfc /scannow successfully and rebooted, yet it still does it. I do not have any other errors in Windows and my Event Viewer is clean as a whistle in all respects. No errors whatsoever.
Actually I do have one other small issue that may be related. I cannot get my Windows Media Player mini player to appear in the Taskbar anymore. I have the toolbar enabled but it will not show. This can be annoying because WMP will keep on playing after I have minimized it but it is not visible, so I cannot stop it! I have to go to the start menu and select WMP to get it to show and then I can close it. So it is possible that these issues are related. They are somewhat similar.