Not sure of your procedures here, so I will say how I do this.
1] Right click the Taskbar, (not the System tray although that works as well), select Task Manager, and click. The Task Manager appears.
2] My own Task Manager shows a menu bar, and also shows different tabs for Applications, Processes, Services, Performance, Networking and Users.
If yours does not show these, then place your mouse cursor on the border at the top of the window, 'just below' the main window border, and double click. All the menu and tab options should appear.
3] If you can see a button called "Services..." bottom right of that window, then you are in the "Services" tab of the Task Manager, not the Processes tab.
4] I can see the problem when you say you click the Services button and cannot close that box at all. When I click on that Services button, the "Services Console" is displayed, but it is underneath the Task Manager window. All I have to do is to move the Task Manager window to see it. If your Task Manager window is full screen, then click the middle button in the top right hand side of the window to reduce its size, so you can move the window around.
Does that help?
if you have any other problems, let us know.
I have an HP Pavilion 9810, Win Vista S1,2.0 GHz, 3mg RAM.
After conquering a Trojan or two with the help of a CNet moderator on the Spyware, Virus board (using Kaspersky Online Scan, CCleaner, Malwarebyte, SuperAntiSpyware, Avast, etc.) I was left with two problems. I fixed one involving my dial-up conection by Restoring just the fax modems software. I still have a problem with my Task Manager. That is to say that I really don't have a usable one. My Task manager appears to be corrupted.
All I see when I rightclick in the System Tray is a box with processes (it doesn't say processes but I recognize them. I can't do anything to them though. At the bottom rightof the frame of that box is a windows symbol and the term "Services" I can click on that nd get to services. The worst is that I cannot close this box at all, whether it is in processes mode or services mode. it blocks a quarter of my screen
If I go to Windows Defender I can see not only processes and services but also programs that are currently running and programs that start up. However I can't disable or do anything to most of the programs that start up.
Yes, of course, I can back up everything on my HD and then wipe my hard drive and restore it to its condition the day I bought it 1 year ago or more...and then reload everything I've bought and loaded/downloaded since and reload all my data files, photos, videos, etc. Right. If only I have all the time in the world.
So Isn't it possible that one of the shareware/freeware programs that I've seen on MajorGeeks (or for that matter something i do not yet know about here at DOwnloads.com) might be a good substitute for Windows task Manager for Vista? Or might even be better?
Thoughts or recommendations please!
Thanks in advance!