Numerous taskeng.exe processes

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by nLinked, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. nLinked

    nLinked Guest

    I'm on Vista Ultimate and I've just noticed I have about 30-40 taskeng.exe
    processes in the Processes list in Task Manager!

    Restarting doesn't remove them, yet the PC seems stable and normal. Why are
    there so many and how can I fix this? It's making my total processes to 124!
    I have no viruses or spyware. The majority of the taskeng.exe processes are
    around "896 K" in size.
    nLinked, Dec 22, 2007
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    Jimmy Brush Guest


    taskeng.exe is a running scheduled task. You should open up task scheduler:

    - click start
    - type: task scheduler
    - press enter

    And see what tasks you have running.
    Jimmy Brush, Dec 22, 2007
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    nLinked Guest


    In Task Scheduler, in the Active Tasks section, it has 21 tasks. Each one is
    different and they seem to be system-created (I didn't create any). They
    seem legitimate.

    In my Task Manager, I've just counted 73 instances of taskeng.exe! I don't
    think this is normal and I don't know how to identify the 73 of them in Task
    nLinked, Dec 22, 2007
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    Jimmy Brush Guest

    This does not sound like a normal situation.

    Here's what I suggest:

    - Download process explorer from the microsoft website here:

    - Once downloaded, extract process explorer some place
    - Right-click on procexp.exe, and click run as administrator
    - When it loads, click the view menu, and then select columns
    - Put a check mark next to command line, and click OK
    - Enlarge the command line column so you can read it
    - Look for your taskeng.exe's. Look under the command line column, and see
    if you can see a pattern (for example, they all contain a certain number)
    - Reply back with your findings. You can copy the command line for a
    taskeng.exe if you right-click on it and click properties.
    Jimmy Brush, Dec 22, 2007
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    nLinked Guest

    Thank you for your reply.

    I have followed your instructions but can't see much of a pattern in the
    command lines.

    I have uploaded a screenshot of it here:

    All of them don't take up any CPU but there is pattern in their size,
    they're nearly all around 895 K.

    My other Vista PC only has two instances of taskeng.exe. But on this
    computer, they start off around 5, and continue increasing in number from
    the moment I logon.
    nLinked, Dec 22, 2007
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    psychoholica Guest

    I am also having this problem and its driving me nuts. Every few
    minutes another taskeng.exe appears.

    If I go into services and try to stop Task Scheduler "stop" is greyed
    out. I also cannot change the startup from Automatic, its also greyed

    If I run msconfig and uncheck task scheduler it re-checks itself as
    soon as I press Apply!?!

    I feel hijacked, any ideas?
    psychoholica, Jan 2, 2008
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    Erbid Guest

    I was getting out of memory alerts and being asked to close whatever the
    large memory consumption task I had recently opened.

    I found the same thing happening to me. Thanks to the info about
    showing hidden tasks in task scheduler, I found the same thing. It was
    running regularly, but never succeeding, so I disabled it. It was set
    to run at midnight and every 5 minutes thereafter, and on request and
    every 5 minutes thereafter.

    Was very concerned about having had my machinr hijacked!

    Erbid, Jul 18, 2008
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    Ikon Guest

    It's too bad registration is required to say thank you, but I understand
    the need. Anyway, I went thru the hassle just so I could say thanks for
    the great info. I, too, was having this issue. I was about to
    troubleshoot it myself (as I'm sure almost everyone who comes here can
    do) but then I thought, "Let's see if anyone else has this problem". You
    just saved me a bunch of hours figuring it out. So thanks.
    Ikon, Jul 18, 2008
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    Sean F Guest

    I currently have about 104 taskeng.exe processes running, but my
    User_Feed_Synchronizations tasks are all succeeding. Any ideas?
    Sean F, Aug 6, 2008
  10. I have only three running.

    Taskeng.exe is the scheduler.

    To see all that is scheduled...

    Click Start

    Type TASK SCHEDULER into the start-search box

    When the window opens, click Task Scheduler (local) to see what's
    Paul Montgomery, Aug 6, 2008
  11. I'm having the same problem here. It started to happened after I upgraded from Windows Vista Business 64 to Windows Vista Ultimate 64.
    Carlos L Guadalupe, Nov 15, 2008
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    Ken Blake Guest

    Since you quoted nothing, and you apparently started a new thread rather
    than responding to some other message, I have no idea what your problem is.
    Ken Blake, Nov 15, 2008
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    Snidley W. Guest

    Is there a prize for the person who correctly guesses what "the same
    problem" is?
    Snidley W., Nov 15, 2008
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    Peter Foldes Guest

    Crystal Ball not functioning today so can you explain your problem in detail
    Peter Foldes, Nov 15, 2008
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    John Barnes Guest

    John Barnes, Nov 16, 2008
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    Justin Buser Guest

    You don't need process explorer, just open your task manager (right click on your task bar or hit ctrl-alt-delete) and then go to Select Columns under the View menu and add the Command Line Column, you may also want to add the Image Path column as well.
    Justin Buser, Dec 6, 2008
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    Malke Guest

    Thanks for the information, but no one knows to whom you are giving this
    information since you are not posting on a real forum as you think you are
    and you didn't quote any of the thread to which you are replying. You are
    using a web interface that leeches Usenet posts and most of the rest of us
    are using real newsreaders. We don't see what you do. If you want to
    participate in Usenet, the better way is to set up a newsreader. This is
    very easy to do and I'll give you information about that below. If you
    prefer to use a forum, then here are two excellent ones:

    Since you are using a web interface, you may not realize that this is really
    a newsgroup. You will get far more out of this resource if you learn to use
    a newsreader. There are many good newsreaders for Windows, but you can use
    Outlook Express (XP) or Windows Mail (Vista) since you already have it.
    Here are some links to information about newsgroups:

    About Usenet: - Usenet FAQs from the Internet FAQ Archives - a brief explanation
    of newsgroups

    Outlook Express/Windows Mail as Newsreader:

    How to Post: - How to Ask a Question - How Not to Get Technical Help on
    Usenet - list of MS newsgroups - MS group to test if your newsreader is working
    properly - how to munge email address - crossposting - multiposting

    Other Newsreaders for Windows: - Forte - Thunderbird

    Malke, Dec 6, 2008
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    KKinsane Guest

    Hello everyone, my first post on here, can't say I have much love for
    vista since owning one.

    I've had the same issue of multiple taskeng.exe's appearing out of
    nowhere, visibly slowing down my pc in all aspects until ended then it
    perks up again, I tried the method back up the page to no avail BUT I
    spotted a svchost.exe which was actively using too much cpu and memory
    to be normal, so I killed it, nearly crashed my pc but it worked, pc's
    still on, no more taskeng's appearing right now, hope that info's
    helpful to you guys, just don't click the wrong one cause that really
    can crash your pc. I have no idea if its a permanent solution I dare not
    turn the pc off yet :)

    Also since my last reinstall of vista I have not updated anything
    through updates, nothing. If I do my screen stops working, also I'm
    getting not a genuine copy pop ups and cannot directly access control
    panel, but that's a story for another topic, plus I'd sooned set fire to
    it than phone dell again.

    ....I have another update, it's been about 10 minutes, I managed to get
    a blue death screen and crash the pc, revealing that it is indeed a
    temporary fix, also aswell as taskeng's i'm seeing ld08.exe, pp07.exe,
    sdra64.exe, all feel out of place imo, i've been doing process killing
    since xp, also those we're never there before through 3 reinstalls of
    vista... anyone else getting weird extra processes?
    KKinsane, May 25, 2009
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