Task Manager Not Responding in Windows 10 or 11

Published by Nyau Wai Hoe - Updated on

Task Manager is one of the most essential tools in Windows OS, and even those with minimal knowledge of Windows would know how to use it. However, there are times when it may fail to work and not respond when you try to open or use it. If the Task Manager is not responding or showing a blank window in Windows 11 or Windows 10 as soon as you open it, this guide will show you what you can do to fix the issue.

When the Task Manager fails, it may appear frozen and may even crash afterward. In some cases, the Task Manager may show a blank window with nothing in it. These issues may occur regardless of how you launch the Task Manager (from the taskbar or Ctrl + Alt + Del).

Task Manager not responding in Windows 11/10

Solutions to Task Manager not responding issue

Before trying any of the fixes below, the first thing you should do is to restart your computer. A restart would usually fix the issue if it’s just a minor software conflict issue. Alternatively, if restarting is not an option for you right now, you can try to sign out of Windows and then sign in again.

Also see: Force Close Program in Windows 11 without Task Manager

Solution 1: Run SFC and DISM Tools

SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) are built-in tools in Windows that can fix corrupted system files and other issues related to Windows components. Here’s how to run these tools:

  1. Go to the start menu.
  2. Search for Command Prompt and run it as an administrator.
  3. In the command prompt, enter the following commands one by one and wait for each command to complete before entering the next:
sfc /scannow

SFC to fix Task Manager Not Responding

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Dism command toolOnce both commands have been executed successfully, restart your computer and see if the issue is resolved.

Solution 2: Run a PowerShell Command

Another way to fix the Task Manager not responding issue is by running a PowerShell command. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the start menu.
  2. Search for Windows PowerShell.
  3. Right-click on it and select Run as administrator.
  4. In the PowerShell window, copy and paste the following command:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

    Task Manager Not Opening Powershell Fix

  5. Once the command has been executed successfully, close PowerShell.
  6. Press Win+R key to open the Run window.
  7. Type the following path and open it:
  8. Find a folder called TileDataLayer. Select the folder and press Del key to delete the folder.Tile Data Layer Windows 10/11
  9. If you can’t see the folder in the said path, it may be hidden and you will need to unhide it.
    1. While you’re in File Explorer, click View.
    2. Click on Options on the right, then Change folder and search options.
    3. Under Hidden files and folders, enable Show hidden files, folders, and drives.Show hidden files in Windows 10/11
  10. Restart your computer and see if the issue is fixed.

    If you can’t delete the file because it’s currently in use, press Win+R key to open the Run window. Type service.msc and open it. Find and right-click on Tile Data model server service, then click Stop. Now try to delete the file again.

    Solution 3: Run Windows Update

    The Task Manager freezing and crashing issue is one of the common issues after installing an update. If there is any bug that can cause an issue to the UI such as Task Manager, you may want to run Windows Update again to see if there is any hotfix patch. Try to run Windows Update to install the latest updates for your Windows 11 or 10 and see if the issue is resolved.

    To check for updates, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.

    Solution 4: Safe Boot Windows 11/10

    There may be software that is conflicting with how Task Manager works, thus, causing it to freeze and not respond at all. Try to boot your PC in safe mode and see if Task Manager will work. If it’s working again, it must be something that you’ve recently installed that is causing Task Manager to not work properly in Windows 10 or 11.

    To boot your PC in safe mode, follow these steps:

    1. Go to the start menu.
    2. Type msconfig and open it.
    3. Go to the Boot tab.
    4. Under boot options, enable Safe boot and select Network only.Safe boot Windows 11/10
    5. Click OK then Apply to restart your PC.
    6. This will stop all other services and processes (except Windows services) from running on startup.

    Nyau Wai Hoe
    Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of WindowsDigitals.com. With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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