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Discus and support Win10 sometimes will not launch a program, only a process in task manager in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; Hey! I recently reformatted my PC and installed Windows 10. I've noticed that, for some reason, programs will not launch after an amount of time has... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/VitaminBEEF, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. Win10 sometimes will not launch a program, only a process in task manager


    Hey!

    I recently reformatted my PC and installed Windows 10. I've noticed that, for some reason, programs will not launch after an amount of time has passed, but this time it's not necessarily the case. Current example, I installed some mods for a HL2. I closed steam. I click on the steam icon. I get the little steam update window you usually see for a brief moment. Steam never visually launches. I check task manager and I see steam client bootstrapper running, but no other steam process. If I end the process and try again, same issue.

    This isn't an issue exclusive to steam either. Happens for other game clients like BNet or LoL. I've googled a bunch of terms, but I don't see anything in regards to my particular issue. The only way for me to launch the programs again is by restarting my PC, which is getting extremely annoying. Annoying because my Restart can hang for no reason as well when this particular issue happens to programs. The hanging restart doesn't happen each time though, but it's happened often enough to be a concern.

    Would anyone know what can cause this kind of issue? If it's an antivirus thing, I'm running AVG Free. I haven't tried fiddling with the antivirus yet.

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    /u/VitaminBEEF, Jan 25, 2020
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  2. Open a running program

    Hi,

    Which program are you referring to?

    If Windows states that the program but can't see it, then I would suggest you check in the task manager if the program is running in the background. Right click on the start menu and select "Task manager" and check if the process is listed in the processes
    that are running currently. If yes, right click on the program and click on "End task" to end the process completely. Now restart the PC and try launching the program. If the issue persists, get back to us with the name of the application that you are trying
    to use so that we can check suggest accordingly.
     
    Bennet Martin, Jan 25, 2020
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  3. Davidk03 Win User
    Program running a background process?

    I'm running Corel Video Studio 2018, and it's updates function shows characteristics of a background process:

    - the program has an auto check daily plus a manual option for updates

    - manually checked, presented with an option of downloading an update and Ok'd, evidence of any activity vanishes from the program workspace, yet the connected internet modem activity light begins running hot as the download happens

    - it's repeatable over several up-date cycles

    The evidence seems to suggest a background activity - whilst the program/PC is free to use for other things. Several software packages do this.

    However, a check in task manager/processes, show all, does not display any info of a related background process for any Corel or Video Studio program. If a background process is being used by the software, MUST it be listed in the task manager/processes
    list?

    Platform is windows 7 home sp1 64bit plus the important patches.
     
    Davidk03, Jan 25, 2020
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  4. dotmarty Win User

    Win10 sometimes will not launch a program, only a process in task manager

    Windows 10 - cannot add exec to Startup in Task Manager

    I purchased a new computer with Windows 10 already installed. I am trying to add an exec to the startup list but Win10 will not accept it. The exec runs successfully on my Windows 10 machine if I start it manually.

    Steps I've taken: Task Manager, Startup Tab, File>Run New Task. (browse to location, select.) It will start immediately, but does not show up on the list to autostart, nor does it start on reboot.

    Any suggestions?
     
    dotmarty, Jan 25, 2020
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