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Help: 90+ taskeng.exe

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  • Hi there,

    I've recently installed SP1 RC1 on my shiny new notebook which has Vista Home Premium pre-installed, Anyway for some reason there seems to be more then just two taskeng.exe's according to Task Manager which happens after an amount of time.

    Other then that, all seems pretty good & I await for when SP1 goes gold in 2008

    Please advise further
    Monday, December 17, 2007 1:23 PM

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  • I've also been having the same problem. Every 5-10 minutes another taskeng.exe starts up. If I leave my computer running for a few days I end up with hundreds listed in the task manager. All of them have a very similar command line.

    e.g. taskeng.exe {FB89E7BB-8980-488C-8481-845E82C31F2E}

    The hex number is different on each one and doesn't seem to exist in the registry or as a file or folder on my hard drive.

    Any suggestions?
    Tuesday, December 18, 2007 4:39 PM
  • Let me know if you've found a solution to this...I'm having the exact same problem with Vista SP1 RC1 Refresh, and it's driving me crazy...

     

    Most of the offending taskeng.exe processes are around 740K.

     

    Nick

    Thursday, January 17, 2008 10:12 AM
  • OK, after a few hours of work, I found the problem myself. It has to do with a failing scheduled task for the IE feed reader which runs every 5 minutes.

     

    I have Vista RC1 SP1 Refresh installed, so I'm not sure if that was a related cause....

     

    Anyway, here's the solution:

    1. Go to the start menu.
    2. Type task scheduler and press enter.
    3. Press continue on the UAC popup.
    4. In the left pane of task scheduler, underneath Task Scheduler Local, right-click on Task Scheduler Library.
    5. In the view submenu, make sure the Show Hidden Tasks option is checked.
    6. Widen the name column in the center pane.  The hidden task that is likely at fault has a name that starts with User_Feed_Synchronization followed by a dash and a bunch of digits inside a curly brace.
    7. Select the scheduled task in the middle pane by clicking on its name.
    8. To verify that this task is creating all those taskeng.exe processes, select the History tab in the middle pane near the middle of the screen.  If you expand out the Level and Date and Time Columns, you should see a bunch of errors and date and times that are 5 minutes apart.  If that's the case, then this task is the problem.
    9. On the rightmost pane of the task scheduler, select Disable.
    10. There may be more than one scheduled task like this (relating to feeds), so you'd need to disable any or all that were causing problems.

    That worked for me, anyway.  Let me know how it goes...hope that helped!  Smile

     

    Nick Hain

    Melbourne, Australia

    • Proposed as answer by alterself Friday, May 15, 2009 2:13 PM
    Friday, January 18, 2008 12:21 PM
  • Thx man! This taskeng-behaviour was driving me nuts...

    Posted my own question in the forum, but got no reply...

     

    Should have digged a little deeper... earlier on...

     

    My install was not a RC candidate of SP1, but the full version!

     

    grtz

    Marcel

     

     

    Saturday, March 22, 2008 12:15 PM
  • Nick,

     

    Thanks for this advice above, but I'm having a slightly different problem; but still related.

     

    I'm running Home Premium Vista on my M1330 xps (I know I know!) and I can't seem to switch it off without it telling me that Taskeng is running still. It gives me the option to Shut Down Now or Cancel. Strangely, both these options have the same outcome... the computer switches off.

     

    I followed your instruction above, but I'm still having the same problem. Any thought at all would be HUGELY appreciated.

     

    Many thanks Smile

     

    Neil

     

    SCRATCH THAT! I've fixed it!

     

    The problem was with a piece of software I recently downloaded (Xneat), which once removed instantly solved the problem.

    Thursday, April 17, 2008 2:46 PM
  •  harpersneil wrote:

    ... I'm running Home Premium Vista on my M1330 xps (I know I know!) and I can't seem to switch it off without it telling me that Taskeng is running still. It gives me the option to Shut Down Now or Cancel. Strangely, both these options have the same outcome... the computer switches off.

    ....

    SCRATCH THAT! I've fixed it!

    The problem was with a piece of software I recently downloaded (Xneat), which once removed instantly solved the problem.

     
    I'm having exact the same problem but don't have xneat installed.
    I'm running Vista Ultimate on a XPS 420 desktop.
     
    How can I find out which progamme causes taskeng not to close when shutting down?
     
    This message when shutting down is quite annoying so I really would appreciate your help!
    Monday, April 28, 2008 12:15 AM
  • It certainly is VERY annoying!!

     

    I'm sorry that I don't have a definative answer for you. For me, the problem occured immediately after installing this software, so it it was fairley easy to diagnose. I suggest you look at your most recently installed items (think of anything you've downloaded or easier still, look under Programs & Features in the Control Panel and list the software by date) and try to determine from there which software could be giving you the problem.

     

    I hope this helps friend, good luck.

     

    Neil

    Monday, April 28, 2008 11:54 AM
  • Thanks for your reply harpersneil.
     
    Well, this really took me HOURS to solve.
     
    I set up this computer brand new to days ago and installed quite a lot software so I couldn't remember which software caused this issue.
    So I nearly deinstalled and reinstalled each peace of software without any success.
     
    I thought it must have to do with monitor or multi monitor software similar to yours (I use ultramon) - my active tasks in the task planer finally showed me the TMM task which I deactivated - unfortunately again without any change.
    The other interesting one still running was the SystemSoundsService - so I googled a little. Some others wrote about the explorere.exe not closing at shutdown according with a sounds problem.
     
    Then I finally got it - must have been with one of the latest vista updates that two new sound themes are available: Ultimate Extras Glass and Ultimate Extras Pearls - both of them cause the taskeng.exe not to close correctly at shutdown. Probably because the shutdown sound file is too long, when the computer uses to shut down very quickly.
     
    Please excuse my english - I'm from Austria Smile But I hope this helps others having the same problem..
     
    So using the no sounds theme or the standard Windows theme solved my problem
     
    Neverlands
    Tuesday, April 29, 2008 9:56 PM
  • Nerverlands,

     

    Wow, you realy had a lot of trouble with this! I'm sorry to hear that, but I'm pleased that you've finally solved the problem.

     

    For the record, your English is very good, no complaints at all! Smile

     

    Enjoy your new computer, I'm glad I could have helped.

     

    Regards

     

    Neil

     

    Wednesday, April 30, 2008 8:47 AM
  • Hi,

     I have a similar problem with TaskEng.exe. It shows an extremely large number of this app running. I tried everything I could find on this subject to no avail. When I try to refresh the list in Task Scheduler I get the following error:

    The task image is corrupt or has been tampered

    with. User_Feed_Synchronization-{5DEE3F5E-5F26-417D-8F9B-7C04BD17

    9990}

     

    I have tried to stop the task scheduler service but it is grayed out. I have tried everything I can think of. Is there somewhere that I can find and delte this corrupt file or create a new one?

     

    Thanx,

    Lou Davidson

     

    Monday, July 07, 2008 4:51 PM
  •  Neverlands wrote:
     harpersneil wrote:

    ... I'm running Home Premium Vista on my M1330 xps (I know I know!) and I can't seem to switch it off without it telling me that Taskeng is running still. It gives me the option to Shut Down Now or Cancel. Strangely, both these options have the same outcome... the computer switches off.

    ....

    SCRATCH THAT! I've fixed it!

    The problem was with a piece of software I recently downloaded (Xneat), which once removed instantly solved the problem.

     
    I'm having exact the same problem but don't have xneat installed.
    I'm running Vista Ultimate on a XPS 420 desktop.
     
    How can I find out which progamme causes taskeng not to close when shutting down?
     
    This message when shutting down is quite annoying so I really would appreciate your help!


    I experienced this problem as well and this has drive me crazy as well. Taskeng doesn't make any sense to let us choose either of the options with the same outcome.

    I tried all the methods mentioned in this forum, disable this and that, none of them help.

    At the end, instead of reinstalling Windows, which takes hours and entails reinstalling of many other programs, I just found out this workaround and it solved my problem:

    1.  Creat a new user account with administer right. Logging into this account, there is no such Taskeng problem when logging off or shutting down.
    2.  Since I do not need to keep the old user account, I delete this account and files associated with the account (as I keep all my useful files in a separate partition.)

    This makes thing simple and solves all the 'non-fixable' problem!
    Sunday, November 16, 2008 4:28 AM
  • perfect answer! however, it would be nice that since this task if failing to start (in my case) that it would kill the process, but instead it is leaving them lie around for me to find a week later...
    thanks!
    Friday, May 15, 2009 2:14 PM
  • Hi there my freind thankyou very much for this but i still carnt get through some steps taht you have expalined here, i would like you to email me or even add me on facebook if you can

    My email is: munnyy4@hotmail.co.uk

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    Monday, December 20, 2010 11:30 PM
  • It is 9 years later and that Show Hidden Tasks is not in this same place any longer (I do not know why each new upgrade has to be "improved" with screwing things up. I have tried everything on Google search that has come up. Used NetGear support and AOL Premium Support. So far no one can fix this.
    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:56 PM