What to do if Desktop Window Manager stopped working and closed


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Desktop Window Manager stopped working fix

Desktop Window Manager may sometimes stop working. Actually, this is an issue that many Windows 7 users encountered. Most of them don’t have a clue about the error’s origin as tracking it is not an easy task.

This issue may be caused by different factors, including malware infections, service issues, some Windows OS issues and others.

In this guide, we’ll list a series of fixes that should solve this issue for good.

6 ways to fix Desktop Window Manager issues

  1. Run a system scan
  2. Enable the Desktop Window Manager
  3. Perform a Clean Boot
  4. Do a system restore
  5. Check for Windows update
  6. Try to create a new user account

1. Run a system scan

You can repair damaged Windows files by running a system scan. In order to perform this task, you need a Windows setup CD or DVD.

Follow these steps in order to run the system scan:

  1. Open the Run box by pressing R + Windows button on your keyboard > type cmd and press Enter
  2. Right click cmd and set it to Run as administrator
  3. In the command prompt type sfc/scannow and press Entersfc scannow command prompt

2. Enable the Desktop Window Manager

To enable the Desktop Window Manager, you need to:

  1. Press the Start button and type in the search box services.msc
  2. Find and then right click Desktop Windows Manager Session Manager and select Start from the context menuWindows Manager Session Manager
  3. Right click on Desktop Windows Manager Session Manager once again > Proprieties
  4. Then you have to go to the General tab and enable the Start up type > click OK.

3. Perform a Clean Boot

When performing a clean boot, the system looks for conflicts between programs so as to identify the root-causes of your technical issue. Follow these steps to clean boot your computer:

  1. Right click on the Start button, then click Search
  2. Type msconfig in the search bar and press Enter
  3. Select Services and then check the box next to Hide all Microsoft services > Disable allhide all microsoft services
  4. Go to the Startup section and click Open Task Manager
  5. Select each program that you suspect of being corrupted, then select Disable
  6. Exit the Task Manager and click OK on the System Configuration window
  7. After completing all these tasks, restart your computer and check if anything changed

4. Run a system restore

Performing a system restore brings your system to a previous state where it worked without any issues.

If you had System Restore turned off, you cannot use this feature, so be aware of that before starting the process.

To run a system restore, you need to do the following steps:

  • Search for System Restore in the Windows search box. Then click on Create a restore point
  • In the window that appears, make sure that the protection is on for the Drive that you have Windows installed in > To enable/disable the protection press the Configure button > Turn on/Disable and press OK
  • The system will automatically create a restoring point. If you want to change the process to a specific restore point (recommended), click the Create button and manually input the desired date
  • After choosing the type of restore point, click the Next button to start the process.

— RELATED: Fix: System Restore Did not Complete Successfully Error in Windows 10/8.1/8/7

5. Check for Windows updates

Making sure that your Windows PC is up to date means having your OS in optimal condition. The latest updates might offer repairs for errors that you are dealing with.

To update your Windows you need the follow these steps:

  • Press the Start button and open the Control Panel
  • Click on System and Security > Windows Update

Windows Update will find and list the most recent updates, if there are any.

6. Try to create a new user account

A quick and simple alternative to reinstalling your OS is creating a new account. Your user account could be corrupted and you should try creating another account and see if it works.

Here is a quick guide for creating a new account:

  • Open the Run box by pressing R + Windows button on your keyboard
  • Type netplwiz in the box and press Enter
  • In the User Accounts window click the Add button > Sign in without a Microsoft account
  • Select Local Account and then type in the details for the new account > Next
  • After you click Finish, restart your computer and log in with the new account

If our solutions helped you out or you have other working solutions of your own, please leave a comment in the section below.

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