How to Fix Task Manager Performance Tab Not Working in Windows 11

The Task Manager is one of the best monitoring utilities in Windows. It shows all the running applications and ongoing processes. Task Manager also features a performance tab which displays the performance of the CPU and RAM usage. However, several users have complaind that the Task Manager performance tab is not working in Windows 11.

The absence of the performance tabs means you can’t monitor the CPU, GPU, network, and hard drive usage. If you have the same problem, check out the guide below. We have listed multiple workarounds to fix the performance tab in Task Manager.

Fix Task Manager Performance Tab Not Working in Windows 11

Before bumping into the following comprehensive fixes, we suggest rebooting your computer and launching the Task Manager once again. It can eliminate temporary bugs and glitches that may have been causing havoc in your system. If it doesn’t work, you can proceed with the following methods.

1. Check And View Update Speed in Task Manager

A recent Windows update added a bug, and due to that, the speed of the performance graph update gets paused in the Task Manager. This problem makes the performance tab appear broken, as the users cannot view the updates in real-time. If this happens in your case, we have a fix for you. Check out the steps below.

1. Launch Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard.

2. Navigate to the Task Manager Settings.

3. Check the drop menu under the Real-Time Update Speed. If it shows Paused, click the drop menu and choose any options besides paused. The default value is Normal.

Task Manager Settings

4. After that, close the Task Manager.

5. Restart your computer and relaunch the Task Manager

2. Wait and Install the Next Update (Familier Issue)

Unfortunately, this is a familiar issue that was first encountered on Windows 11 build 22538. Several users around the world faced the same problem after installing the update. The performance tab was crashing after accessing it. Thankfully, Microsoft acknowledged this issue and has been working on a fix. So, we recommend installing the next Windows 11 update.

1. Press the Win + I keys on the keyboard to launch the Windows Settings.

2. Select the Windows Update tab.

3. After that, click Check for updates.

Check for Updates

Once updates are installed, you will be prompted to restart the computer.

3. Update All the Drivers

The performance tab on the Task Manager shows performance matrices for CPU, GPU, Network, and hard drive. In order to show the performance matrices accurately, these components require the latest driver to get the correct information.

Without the latest component drivers installed, the performance could face problems. So, we suggest updating all the necessary drivers, especially for the CPU, GPU, Network Adapter, and SSD.

4. Run SFC and DISM Scans

Windows has built-in SFC, and DISM scans to repair corrupted system files and Windows images. If the performance tab has stopped working due to them, we suggest running these scans to fix the issue.

1. Launch the Command Prompt with Administrator rights.

Command Prompt with Administrator Privilege

2. Type the following command and execute.

sfc /scannow
Initiate the SFC Scan

3. The scan will take a few minutes to complete. After the scan finishes, execute the following command to run the DISM scan.

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /restorehealth
Run DISM Scan

After it, reboot your computer, launch the Task Manager and check whether the performance tab is working.

5. Run Chkdsk Scan

Chkdsk is a popular scan that locates bad sectors and disk errors. This can be a potential fix if the Task Manager’s performance tab is having trouble due to these bad sectors. So, we suggest using the following steps to run a chkdsk scan on your computer.

1. Press the Win + R keys on the keyboard to launch the RUN dialogue box.

2. Type CMD in the box and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to launch the Command Prompt with Administrator rights.

3. After that, type and execute the following command.

chkdsk c: /r /scan /pref
Initiate chkdsk Scan

Make sure to change the command according to your hard drive partition letter. After completing the process, close the CMD window and restart the computer.

6. Set iGPU As the Preferred GPU (Only for Nvidia Users)

The Nvidia GPU has caused issues in multiple cases with the Task Manager performance tab after the latest Windows update. Basically, Windows tries to get the latest performance graph for the GPU but fails.

This problem is more prominent on gaming laptops. So, without a GPU graph, the performance tab crash. If you’re an Nvidia user, we suggest you set the iGPU as your preferred GPU for the Task Manager in Nvidia Control Center.

1. Go to Nvidia Control Panel.

2. Expand the Manage 3D settings from the left sidebar and select Manage 3D settings.

3. After that, shift to the Program Settings tab.

4. Click Add and choose Task Manager from the list of programs.

Manage 3D Settings

5. If the Task Manager isn’t available in the list, click Browse. Locate the Task Manager Exe file and add it.

Add Task Manager

6. After adding it, click the drop menu under Select the preferred graphics processor for this program.

7. Choose the iGPU instead of the High-Performance Nvidia processor.

8. Click Apply.

Now, close all the windows and restart your computer.

7. Launch Task Manager Performance Tab in Safe Mode

If a malicious program is causing this trouble on your computer, you need to detect the program before taking action. Generally, if you have installed component drivers from a third-party website, it can happen. The answer is Safe Mode.

You can run Windows 11 in Safe Mode, which prevents third-party apps and services from running. If you can use the performance tab in Safe Mode, you know the problem and run a malware scan or delete the suspected program from your system.

1. Press the Win + R keys on the keyboard.

2. Type msconfig in the dialogue box and hit Enter.

3. Navigate to the Boot tab.

4. Check the Safe Boot option below.

5. Click OK to proceed.

6. Now, restart your computer in Safe Mode.

Launch the Task Manager and switch to the Performance tab. If the performance tab is working, your computer is possibly infected.

8. Use System Restore

If nothing works, your ultimate option is to use the System Restore feature and revert the PC to a previous point when the performance tab on the Task Manager was working. There is only one catch; you can use this feature only if you have enabled it beforehand. So, if it is enabled on your computer, check out the steps below.

1. Press the Win + R keys on the keyboard.

2. Type rstrui in the dialogue box and hit Enter.

3. Click Next to proceed.

4. After that, select a system restore point and click Next.

System Restore Point

5. Lastly, click Finish for confirmation.

After the system restore process, launch the Task Manager, and navigate to the Performance tab to check if it works.

9. Use An Alternative Performance Monitor

Unfortunately, suppose none of our procedures were helpful, and the Task manager performance tab is still broken. In that case, you can either wait for a future update where Microsoft may acknowledge this problem and comes up with a fix or use an alternate way to monitor your system’s performance. You can use a tool like Resource Monitor. If GPU monitoring is essential to you, you can use HWiNFO.

Summing Up

Task Manager is an essential utility that comes with the performance tab, which helps to identify misbehaving programs, reduce resource usage, and locate failing hardware components. But all these are impossible with a performance tab that has stopped working. We are hopeful the above fixes helped you fix the issue.

Posted by
Ratnesh Kumar

Founder Yorker Media, Tech Writer

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