How to Fix Task Manager Not Showing Processes?

By Dominic Chooper on April 16, 2023

You will have limited options for monitoring and managing the different programs running on your Windows computer if the Task Manager does not show up the processes.

If at any point in time you face such an issue, here are a few specific methods that you can try to fix the issue successfully on a Windows PC.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Why is Your Task Manager Not Showing Processes?

There may be a lot of reasons why the Task Manager does not show up the processes or is empty on a Windows PC. For example, the apps running in it can be affected by viruses, adware, or malware.

In addition to that, you may also encounter such a situation if the disk or CPU usage is considerably high.

In addition, here are a few other specific reasons for a Task Manager not to show the processes:

However, irrespective of the reason, this is a comparatively common issue and is not difficult to resolve, as you will find out while reading this article.

Ways to Fix Task Manager Not Showing Processes

How to Fix Task Manager Not Showing Processes

When you cannot see the processes in the Task Manager, right at the very outset, you can try restarting your computer system to resolve the issue. Another basic check is to ensure that the correct corresponding column is selected in the first place.

These simple and basic checks may not work all the time. In those specific situations, you can try several other methods to fix the issue of the Task Manager not showing the processes.

A few of these solutions, along with other checks, include:

All these methods are clearly described in the following section of this article.

Method 1: Restart Your PC

Perhaps the most common and easiest method to follow to resolve the issue of the Task Manager not showing up the processes is to restart your system. Often, this resolves the issue by fixing some minor underlying problems.

Here are the steps:

Restart Your PC

To restart in Windows 11:

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Restart option from the window

Method 2: Quick Scan or Full Scan Your PC for Malware

The next simple and easy way to fix the issue is to run a quick scan or full scan on your computer system to check for any malware and remove it. You may use the antivirus program installed on your PC for it, as well as a malware scanner for the same.

Here are the steps to follow:

small arrow key

Virus & threat protection

Virus & threat protection window

Scan now button

This will scan the viruses on your computer system and remove them from there.

However, this will take some time depending on the type of scanning option you have selected and the amount of data stored on your PC. So, be patient and allow the process to complete.

Once the process is complete, a notification window will appear stating the threats found, if any, and it will also suggest the actions you need to perform after that.

Simply click on the Start actions button.

Start actions

However, you should run the scan in Safe Mode or at the time of booting your system. This will give you the best results.

Method 3: Select More Details

The Task Manager may not show the processes because it may be set to show fewer details. Set it right this way to see more details.

(You may also open it in other ways described in How to Open Task Manager.)

Click on More details

Method 4: Select the Right Display Column

Maybe it sounds like a no-brainer, but sometimes users do not select the right column for the specific processes to show up in the Task Manager. So, following these steps will ensure that the correct columns are selected:

Right-click on the space near Name in the Processes tab

Method 5: Perform a Clean Boot and Troubleshoot

Performing a clean boot first will help to diagnose the problem and then troubleshoot it. This may sometimes resolve the issue of Task Manager not showing the processes.

The steps for a clean boot include:

msconfig

System Configuration

Now, for the troubleshooting part, enable each of the services one by one to find the one that is creating the problem and then remove it.

Method 6: Run SFC and DISM Commands

Running the System File Checker in the Command Prompt will detect and repair damaged or corrupted files that may be preventing the processes from showing up in the Task Manager.

Here’s how you should go ahead:

sfc /scannow

Most of the time, the issue will be resolved with this command. However, if it does not, you will need to run a few DISM commands as well.

dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth

dism /online /cleanup-image /checkhealth

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Restart your PC now and check whether or not the issue has been resolved.

(Expert tip: You may, however, skip the first two DISM commands and run the restore health command straightaway.)

Method 7: Reset Your PC

Sometimes, simply resetting your PC in the following manner may resolve the issue of the processes not showing up in the Task Manager.

Update & Security

Select Recovery

Method 8: Free Up System Space

If there are too many non-essential files on your PC, it will use up a lot of disk space unnecessarily and affect the normal operations of the system.

It may also result in specific issues, such as the Task Manager not showing the processes. So, remove them to free up space this way:

cleanmgr

Disk Cleanup : Drive Selection

Clean up system files

Now, you will see the Total amount of disc space you gain by cleaning the files, along with a small description, in the next window.

Total amount of disc space you gain

Delete Files

This process will not only resolve the issue but will also improve the operational speed of the computer.

Method 9: Create and Use a New Local Account

If your Task Manager is not showing the processes, follow these ways to create a new local account and login:

create a new local account

Family & other users

Then, furnish the details required to create a new account on the set of windows that follow.

For example:

I don’t have this person’s sign-in information

Add a user without a Microsoft account

Make sure that you select a new username and password for this account when you Create a user for this PC.

In addition to that, you will also need to fill out some security questions in the relevant fields. When you are done, click on the Next button.

Create a user for this PC

Finally, restart your computer, login with this new account, and check whether or not the processes show up in the Task Manager.

If it does, you will then need to change the type of this new account and set it as administrator.

Change account type

In the following Change account type window, the Account type will be usually selected as Standard User by default. Click on the small arrow on the right side of the box, select Administrator, and finally click on the OK button.

Change account type

Once again, restart your computer and login using this new account.

Additional tip: You may have to replace a few files in this process. Therefore, do not hesitate to click on the Replace all button when needed.

Method 10: Perform System Restoration

The Task Manager will typically stop showing the processes at a specific point in time. Therefore, if you restore your system to a point when it shows the processes, it will resolve your problem.

The steps to follow are:

control panel

Large icons

Select Recovery

Open System Restore

System Restore window

Now, select a restore point from the following System Restore window when the Task Manager was showing the processes and working properly before a specific event. Then, click on the Next button.

following System Restore

Finally, Confirm disks to restore from the options in the box and click on Next.

Confirm disks to restore

Method 11: Update the Operating System

Compatibility with the operating system is very important for a computer to function properly. Not surprisingly, an outdated OS may be the result of the Task Manager not showing the processes. Therefore, you will need to update it this way:

Windows Update Download and Install

Method 12: Set Time, Region, and Language

Sometimes, setting the time and language may also resolve the issue of processes not showing up in the Task Manager.

The multiple steps to follow for it include:

Time & Language

Date & time

Now go to the Region option

Finally, select the Language option and choose the Windows display language. You may also choose some other preferred languages by clicking on Add a language.

Windows display language

Now, restart your computer and check whether or not the Task Manager shows the processes.

Conclusion

So, with the solutions described clearly in this article, you should not worry at all when the Task Manager does not show the processes.

It is quite a common issue and can happen due to several different reasons.

You can use either one or some of the solutions if you need to fix the issue easily and quickly.