Friday, December 5, 2008

User Name does not show up in Task Manager

Through Task Manager, one can find out the services running on a windows machine. I usually use it to find out unnecessary processes and stop them or to find out the memory usage of a process.

 

Sometimes, may be due to some virus, username in Processes tab of Task Manager may not show up.

 

If so, then Go to Run -> Type Services.msc and press Enter -> Search for Terminal Process in right tab -> Right Click it and select Properties -> in Properties Tab set its start up type to Automatic and click Apply -> Click Start to start the process. This will show up the User Name in Task Manager.

 

Usually harmful processes run with username as that of windows user not as System or others. So, it is helpful to find out suspicious processes.

 

 

4 comments:

Anonymous,  December 22, 2008 at 9:25 PM  

After doing all of that and clicking the Start button the following message shows up:
"The Terminal Services service on Local Computer started and then stopped. Some services stop autoatically if they have no work to do, for example, the Performance Logs and Alerts service"
I then clicked OK, and pressed Ctrl+Alt+Del, to open Task Manager, but the User Name still does not show.

Suraj Shrestha December 23, 2008 at 1:11 PM  

hi Anonymous,
terminal services is one of services which always keep on running whenever windows is on.

there could be numerous reasons for unsuccessful start attempt of that services. Also, may be due to some virus.

Have u checked the event log after unsuccessful attempt to start or does any msg box pop up?

Anonymous,  December 25, 2008 at 9:25 PM  

After clicking the "Start" button, this pop-up shows up: "The Terminal Services service on Local Computer started and then stopped. Some services stop autoatically if they have no work to do, for example, the Performance Logs and Alerts service"

Is there any other way to start Terminal Services?

Suraj Shrestha December 30, 2008 at 10:02 AM  

Have u checked for virus threats?
Plz, update your antivirus and perform a through scan