Taskmgr.exe is the executables file for the Task Manager utility in Windows. When the Task Manager is called upon, the window shows all processes and programs currently running on the system. This program file also shows activity-based performance statistics.
Taskmgr.exe evaluates the processes running on the system using over 15 parameters. These include review graphs and information on CPU and memory usage.
The Task Manager also allows users to view information regarding network status. Users on the network are also listed on the Task Manager’s user interface along with the programs that are being used by each user.
You may sometimes receive an error message like the one given below.
“App Name App Version Module Name Module Version Offset
taskmgr.exe 5.1.2600.1106 ntdll.dll 5.1.2600.1217 00000342”
Cause of the Problem
This problem is usually caused due to an incomplete installation of a service pack on your computer.
To fix this application error, try reinstalling Windows XP Service Pack 1. You can also try to install the latest Windows XP service pack. Windows XP service packs are issued to keep Windows XP current. The service packs also extend, update, and improve your computer.
The latest service pack for Windows XP is Service Pack 3. To install this Service Pack, you must already have Windows XP Service Pack 1a or Service Pack 2 on your computer in the given sequence.
Users should note that this fix is applicable only to 32-bit versions of Windows XP.
How to find out which Windows XP service pack you have
- Click on Start and go to Run.
- Type winver and then press Enter.
A box will come up displaying the information.
How to Get Windows Service Pack 3
There are various ways in which you can get the latest service pack.
- You can use the Windows Automatic update feature by ensuring that the Automatic Updates feature is enabled on your computer. If you do this, you will get the latest service pack automatically.
- To enable Automatic Updates, click Start.
- Next, click Run.
- Type sysdm.cpl and then press Enter.
- Click on the Automatic Updates tab
- Ensure that the Automatic (recommended) option is selected and then click OK.
- You can also download the latest Windows XP service pack from the Microsoft Download Center.
- You can also choose to have the service pack on CD. You have to place an order for this option however.
A word of caution. There are reports that certain viruses are masquerading as the valid taskmgr.exe file. A common behavior among these viruses is excessive consumption of CPU resources. Users may also see two or more taskmgr.exe processes running in the Task Manager. The other taskmgr.exe process you see may be a Trojan or a virus.
Check the properties for both files. The valid taskmgr.exe file should be located in the System folder and is signed by Microsoft. The file may be a nasty virus or Trojan if found anywhere else.
Run an antivirus scan to check to see if you have any virus infections. Choose a reputable product. Keep your antivirus program virus definition database up to date so that new viruses can be filtered and valid programs can be run without any issue. You should also conduct regular checks with an anti-spyware program to keep malware from invading your system.
And always, always, practice safe internet surfing.