There could be a number of reasons for Task Manager crashing. I believe I am doing the right thing in making this a community wiki. Here is my original post before I found the cause.
My task manager crashes in Windows 8.1. I open it using the right click on the start menu or using the keyboard shortcut.
It will crash immediately or when I show more details and try to interact with the view menu for "always on top" and "minimize to tray". The program just disappears and only by looking into the event viewer do I see there are crash events.
This is a new install (1 week old) and do not know when it occurred. It seemed to occur when I enabled UAC.
I have tried finding any drivers that need updating. I have tried disabling any running programs. I have tried the SFC scan now command to check integrity. System restore date lists approximately when i first installed windows.
Here are the event viewer logs.
First, the information event telling me there is a crash log.
Fault bucket , type 0 Event Name: APPCRASH Response: Not available Cab Id: 0 Problem signature: P1: Taskmgr.exe P2: 6.3.9600.16384 P3: 5215d00b P4: Taskmgr.exe P5: 6.3.9600.16384 P6: 5215d00b P7: c0000005 P8: 0000000000043882 P9: P10: Attached files: These files may be available here: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportQueue\AppCrash_Taskmgr.exe_(someguid) Analysis symbol: Rechecking for solution: 0 Report Id: dd180f3e-4b86-11e3-8277-002522ea094d Report Status: 4100 Hashed bucket:
The error event
Faulting application name: Taskmgr.exe, version: 6.3.9600.16384, time stamp: 0x5215d00b Faulting module name: Taskmgr.exe, version: 6.3.9600.16384, time stamp: 0x5215d00b Exception code: 0xc0000005 Fault offset: 0x0000000000043882 Faulting process id: 0x7a4 Faulting application start time: 0x01cedf93cc33dd88 Faulting application path: C:\Windows\System32\Taskmgr.exe Faulting module path: C:\Windows\System32\Taskmgr.exe Report Id: 09e2cbbc-4b87-11e3-8277-002522ea094d Faulting package full name: Faulting package-relative application ID: