[Solved] Fix Desktop Window Manager Stopped Working Problem in Windows 7 | 8

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on October 23, 2012

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Some of our readers saw the error message on their windows computers, as per them while they are playing a video, running a program or while doing any thing related to windows explorer, they see the following error message saying Windows Desktop Manager Has Stopped Working.

Desktop Window Manager Stopped Working

Most of the users are often clueless about this error as this error appears any time while doing any task in windows, now in order to get rid of this error there are different ways to fix this. When the error appears you will get the option to choose the online solution to but nothing happens when you select this option to fix the issue, as you will just see the screen which says Windows is checking for the solutions, however if you would like to fix this problem you can follow the methods below.

This error occurs when the windows system files are damaged and to repair the system files you can adopt the methods mentioned below, but if this error does not appear very frequent on your windows computer then you can avoid fixing the problem.

Run System Scan To Repair Damaged Windows Files

If you run a full system scan under windows you can repair the files damaged by running the windows file checker tool and in order to complete this test successfully including the repair you might need to insert the windows setup CD or DVD.

Windows System Scan

To run the System File Checker tool, follow these steps:

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1. Click Start and then type cmd in the Start Search box.

2. Right-click cmd in the Programs list, and then click Run as administrator.

3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password or click Continue or This option

4. At the command prompt, the following line, and then press ENTER:

sfc /scannow

Repair Windows Installation Without Affecting Your Files

Another way you can fix this is by installing windows again but instead of fresh install you should select repair or upgrade installation, when you want to repair the windows 7 installation you will have a to choose to upgrade installation during the installation wizard options when they appear. When you choose upgrade install on windows 7, it will repair the existing installation will not affect any users files you have on windows.

Upgrade windows

Please Note:

  • You can only do a repair install with the same edition Windows 7 installation disc for the same edition of Windows 7 that you have installed.
  • You cannot use a OEM Windows 7 “Factory” Restore/Recovery type of installation disc that came with or created from a store bought computer to do a repair install with. These can only be used do a clean install instead.
  • You can only do a repair install from within Windows 7, You cannot do a repair install at boot or in Safe Mode, you must be logged into Windows 7 in a administrator account to be able to do a repair install.

If you have a related problem to share or some how the above procedure does not work for you let us know by leaving a comment at the end of this page trough the comment section below.

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