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Process Explorer cannot replace Task Manager in Vista 64-bit

I installed the latest version of Process Explorer (v12) on my Vista 64-bit computer and set it to replace the default Task Manager, however, when I right-clicked the task bar to launch Task Manager, Process Explorer did not come up but an error message saying cannot find taskmgr.exe file:

Windows cannot find ‘C:\Windows\system32\taskmgr.exe’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.


The old version of Process Explorer does not have this problem. The easy fix is this posted on Windows Sysinternals forum by Mark:

The solution is rather easy: start ProcessExplorer, go to the directory where it is installed and copy procexp64.exe to another location. Then close ProcessExplorer and copy procexp64.exe back to said directory. When you now use this file to start ProcessExplorer (change Links/Shortcuts) you can use it as a TaskMgr replacement without problems.

I followed the steps above and it did the trick on my Vista 64-bit. I hope this bug will be fixed soon.

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