[FIXED] Task Manager Not Responding in Windows 10, 8, 7

Believe it or not, Windows Task Manager is the heart of the OS. We as Windows user can’t live without this feature. Isn’t it? Task manager will always be one of the necessary features of the Windows OS. It helps to force close the app and cut down the CPU usage when required. However, many Windows user has reported to us that many times they see an error “Task Manager not responding” and they don’t know how to solve it.

If you have seen a similar error don’t worry you are not alone. For every Windows user, this is a very common error to come across. If you are tired of the task manager not working properly error, then stick around with me till the end because in this article I’ll show you 7 methods to solve the Windows 10 task manager error.

So, without wasting any further time let’s get started.

What is Task Manager Not Responding Error?

Task Manager is the heart of Windows OS. It provides you with detailed information on what all background apps and services are running on your system at this very moment. Also, you can check the CPU memory load and force close unnecessary applications with the help of Task Manager.

Task Manager not responding error

But in this case, the Task Manager itself has stopped responding, and whenever you try to start it by Ctrl+Shift+ESC, it will show you a white screen with Task Manager (Not Responding) Error.

Several issues can make this error pop up in your system. One such issue is excessive memory usage where everything hangs in your system including the Task Manager. But don’t worry as you are reading this article, I’ll show you actionable methods that will help you in fixing the Task Manager Not Responding error in a blink of an eye.

Now that you know the cause of this error. Let ’s now go through the methods and solve the error as soon as possible.

How to Solve Task Manager Not Responding Error?

Here are the 7 methods that work to solve the task manager not responding error. You can try all the methods and see which one works for you. Try from the first method and check till all the 7 methods because it will help you anytime in the future.

Before reading out any of the methods, I’d highly recommend you to quickly restart your system and check if Task Manager error is still there. If yes, then head over to the method 1.

Method 1: Switch User Accounts

This is a very simple method and solves most of the Windows errors. All you need to do is sign out from your current account and sign in again with your main admin account.

You can do this in 2 ways. First one is to use the shortcut ALT+CTRL+DELETE key combo and click on Sign out from the options available.

Switching User Account

The second method is to use the Start button -> Shut down or sign out -> Sign out.

Once you switch your user accounts, next step is to open the Task Manager and see if it is working correctly or not. If the error persists, it’s time to check the next method.

Method 2: Update Windows OS

Many a time we forgot to update the OS with the latest patch available, and there are high chances that due to that you must be facing the Task Manager not responding error.

To solve this head over to Settings -> Update & Security -> Check for update.

Windows Update

Allow the system some time to check for the latest updates available. If you have any pending updates quickly update it and you’ll be good to go.

If everything is up to date try out the 3rd method.

Method 3: Uninstall Third-Party and Recently Installed Apps

This method was discovered by some of the Windows OS users who was trying out different things to solve the not responding issue of Task Manager. They uninstalled third-party antivirus first, and for most of them, the issue got resolved.

However, for some, the issue was still there, and they uninstalled all the recently installed apps from their system. After that, restart your system, and in majority of the cases, this solution will get you rid of this problem.

Here’s how you can uninstall the applications from the system

Settings -> Apps -> Apps & Features

Uninstalling Antivirus

On the right-hand side of the screen, you’ll see all the installed applications in your system. Select the app click on it and Uninstall it.

Method 4: Run SFC To Find Out the Issue

SFC is abbreviated as System File Scanner. You can use SFC to troubleshoot the task manager not responding on Windows 10 error. Follow the below mentioned commands to run the SFC scan.

First of all, launch Elevated Command Prompt right click on it and Run as Administrator. Now type in the sfc/scannow in the Command Prompt (CMD) and hit Enter.


Allow the process some time to finish. Once it’s completed, restart the PC and check if the error is resolved or not.

Method 5: Repair Windows Image

Another way to fix the task manager not responding issue in Windows 10 is to use the DISM to repair Windows Image. Here are the steps to repair Windows Image:

Step 1: First of all launch Elevated Command Prompt right click on it and run it as an administrator.

Step 2: Type or Copy-Paste the following code mentioned below in CMD and hit Enter.

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth


Step 3: You are done. Restart the PC and your problem will be resolved

Method 6: Re-register using Windows Powershell

This is one of the most effective ways to solve the error and also the most lengthiest way to follow. Just so you don’t miss out on any steps, precisely follow all the steps with full care.

Step 1: First of all, type Windows Powershell in the Start menu’s search bar.

Step 2: Once it appears in the search results right click on it and Run as an administrator.

Step 3: Now a UAC screen will appear. Click on the Continue option.

Step 4: Finally, copy and paste the exact code given down below and hit Enter.

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

windows powershell

Step 5: Now go to the File Explorer section and confirm that the Show Hidden file is tick marked. If it’s not by default you can enable it by following this:

Show Hidden Items

File Explorer -> Switch to View Tab -> Check Hidden Items box

Step 6: Finally, navigate to this path C:/Users/name/AppData/Local/. Here, locate the folder with the name TileDateLayer and delete it.

Tile Data Model server

Step 7: After deleting the folder restart your PC.

Note: Just in case you aren’t able to delete the TileDateLayer folder then open the Run dialog box and type in services.msc and click OK. Once the screen is open search for Tile Data model server right click on it and stop the service.

Once done follow the same above process and try to delete the TileDataLayer folder. Once the whole problem is solved check if the windows 10 task manager not responding error is gone or not.

Method 7: Run CCleaner

CCleaner is a very well-known software when it comes to clearing system cache. All you need to do is download the software from their official website and run a simple scan to clear all your stored cache from the PC.

CCleaner Software

Once the scan is finished reboot your PC, and hopefully, your Task Manager not working error will be resolved.


I hope this guide on “How to solve Task Manager error for Windows 10” must have helped you in solving the error. If it did, don’t forget to leave a comment down below and let us know what all types of Windows Error article you’d like to read on our blog.

Thanks for taking the time and reading the article.

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