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Where is my Control+Alt+Delete?

Thursday, November 11th, 2004 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help, Windows Explorer

Why doesn’t my Windows XP have Control+Alt+Delete ?

This could be caused by a virus, b ut before you panic, it could also be missing if, for some unknown reason, Task Manager did not install or was deleted. So, first you should find out if it’s there:

Start / Search “all files & folders” for ” taskmgr.exe “. This file should be located on your C drive in the Windows / System32 folder.

If not, then all you need to do is restore it from your XP installation disk (now where did I put that thing??)

Found it yet? Good. Put the Windows XP CD into your CD-ROM. If you have Autoplay enabled, the Welcome screen will come up—you can just close out of it.

Click Start / Run then type ” cmd ” to get a System 32 command prompt then…

Type in the drive letter of your CD-ROM followed by a colon and hit Enter (for example… D: )
At the D: prompt type in “cd \i386″ then Enter
Now type in “expand taskmgr.ex_ %SystemRoot%\SYSTEM32\taskmgr.exe” making sure that you put a space between “ex_” and “%System…”


Then press Enter . The file should extract and install into the proper folder.

Don’t believe me? Try Control+Alt+Delete and see if Task Manager comes up.

There you go. Hurray! The Task Manager has returned.

~ David

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