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DWM missing from services.msc

  1. #1

    Posts : 29
    Windows 8

    DWM missing from services.msc

    So I was looking into why desktop windows manager was taking up so much memory (task manager). I find some solutions that might work, check services.msc and its not there. At all.

    I go into regedit and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\UxSms, apparently that's linked, no folder of that name.

    I go here:
    Desktop Window Manager service is missing - Microsoft Community

    And then here:
    Desktop Windows Manager Service does not appear in services.msc Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums

    The helpful individual in the second link copied his registry UxSms entry. Tried that despite being W7, of course it didn't work (deleted after). Either because it was W7, or it was another cause. Not sure.

    Any suggestions?


    Also ran: CMD /K SC QC UxSms

    Came back with:
    [SC] QueryServiceConfig2 <delayed autostart flag> FAILED 2:
    The system cannot find the file specified

    Ran it again:
    [SC] OpenService error 1060:
    The specified service does not exist as an installed service.
    Last edited by Russs; 27 Aug 2014 at 13:01.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 29
    Windows 8

    Perhaps someone could please copy a W8 UxSms registry entry; so I can save that as .reg and then merge? Just for starters. Assuming that is allowed.
    Last edited by Russs; 28 Aug 2014 at 04:13.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 21,854
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Russs,

    Sorry, but the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (UxSms) service is no longer in Windows 8/8.1, so it's not missing.

    Services - Restore Default Services in Windows 8

    Here's more details on this: Desktop Window Manager is always on (Windows)

    Hope this helps,
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  4. #4

    Posts : 29
    Windows 8

    Ah, fair doos. Thank-you!
    Last edited by Russs; 28 Aug 2014 at 15:49.
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  5. #5

    Posts : 21,854
    64-bit Windows 10

    You're most welcome.
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