Windows Desktop Manager issue

need help it says it is started but still deskscape says something weird

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 by siten0308 | Discussion: Animated Wallpapers

Hello,

I downloaded and installed everything correctly and successfully, but for some reason, when i go to the desktop background and then to Deskscape animated wallpapers, i click on one and it says "the desktop window manager is not running, deskscape requires the desktop window manager (uxsms) service to be running to function" so i check the service in services.msc, but it says its started and automatic, but the service is called " Desktop window manager session manager" is that the same? please help i want this to work, it would be great. Thank you in advance.

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Talon Pritchard
Reply #21 Monday, June 2, 2008 2:07 AM
Hmmm... Heres another problem to throw in the mix:

I have Vista Basic, as well as deskscapes, and i am getting the same message as Derson69.
Yes, my Uxsms(desktop window manager) service is running.

Good luck techies!!!
Wizard1956
Reply #22 Monday, June 2, 2008 10:51 AM
To Everyone that is having a problem with V.2.00.058: Tech support is aware of it,at least in my case. I think if everyone affected would submit a ticket,if you haven't done so, the data would help speed up progress.It couldn't hurt anything.058 works for some but is death to DeskScapes on my machine, and it looks like I am not alone.Be patient, and Good Luck.2.00.055 still runs flawlessly on home basic,btw.
Shirley
Reply #23 Tuesday, June 3, 2008 3:06 PM
Anyone who is experiencing the Desktop Window Manager issue please try the following before doing anything else:

-Click the Start button and type 'services.msc' into the Start Search Field. Hit Enter.
-Find the entry for 'Desktop Window Manager Session Manager', right click and choose 'properties'
-Make sure the Startup type drop down is set to automatic and, if it isn't already, that the Service status is 'started'. If it's not, click the 'Start' button to start it.
-Reboot the PC.

If you do all this and you still experience problems, e-mail support@stardock.com and include the information from 'About Stardock DeskScapes".
Wizard1956
Reply #24 Tuesday, June 3, 2008 4:37 PM
Windows Vista 32-Bit
DreamControl.dll 5/5/2008 20:30:34 PM v2.00 (#106)
DesktopControlPanel.dll 5/5/2008 18:14:24 PM v2.00 (#106)
WallpaperPage.dll 5/5/2008 18:14:24 PM v2.00 (#106)
DreamTasks.exe 5/5/2008 18:14:24 PM v2.00 (#106)
DreamSwitcher.exe 5/5/2008 18:14:24 PM v2.00 (#106)
DreamThumbnails.dll 3/18/2008 19:47:52 PM v2.00 (#106)
DeskScape.dll 5/5/2008 18:14:24 PM
DeskScapes.dll 9/5/2007 16:37:06 PM
Activate.exe 4/24/2008 18:01:34 PM v1.04 (#8)
d3dx9_30.dll 8/8/2007 21:21:56 PM
d3dx9_32.dll 8/8/2007 21:21:56 PM
Click the Start button and type 'services.msc' into the Start Search Field. Hit Enter.
-Find the entry for 'Desktop Window Manager Session Manager', right click and choose 'properties'
-Make sure the Startup type drop down is set to automatic and, if it isn't already, that the Service status is 'started'. If it's not, click the 'Start' button to start it.
-Reboot the PC.
v2.0(#106)

Did that,it was started and on auto. I just updated to .058,still started,still automatic,still get same error. DWM not running.STILL broken!Good thing I made a restore point. [edit]I just restored back to .055,it's working again.
Bigdaddy4u
Reply #25 Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:39 PM
This will fix all of these issues.
Right click goto "personalize" then goto "Window color and appearance"
Then click on "Open classic appearance properties for more color option" at bottom
Make sure "Windows aero" is highlighted then apply.
Goto the desktop background and try the deskscape should work.
Let me know
rock831983
Reply #26 Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:37 AM
Can someone upload or give the download link of 2.0.055. The new version is also giving me same problem."Windows Desktop Manager" not running. But in fact its running.
Wizard1956
Reply #27 Wednesday, June 25, 2008 2:36 AM
Make sure "Windows aero" is highlighted then apply.


Vista Home Basic does NOT have aero.DeskScapes runs on my machine without it.It has worked fine since install,with no additional codecs or settings needed.Whatever settings it IS using with v2.00.055 is being changed with v2.00.058,causing this error.
I can re-update once more and send any files,logs or reports with .058 installed,if you think it will help.Otherwise,I'll keep what I have.(It works)Please let me know,here or in a PM.
Wizard1956
Reply #28 Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:22 PM
Make sure "Windows aero" is highlighted then apply.
Once more...

I have Vista Basic and Vista Standard ONLY, no aero.Vista Home Basic does not support Aero.WB config keeps reminding me of that fact.


Your using the registered version that works with all versions of Vista so you do not need Aero or Dreamscenes for DeskScapes to run.


Until I update to v2.00.058 that is.Then all of a sudden*poof*,it no longer works on Vista Home Basic. I'll be damned if I'm going to buy Vista Home Premium or Ultimate just to run DeskScapes.I'm no PC tech,but I've done my share of diagnostics elsewhere,and I know broken is broken.


My options are:
Wait:doing that now for well over 6 weeks.Meanwhile,my subs clock keeps ticking

Give up:uninstall DeskScapes.As much as I like them, I don't want something Stardock can't fix on my system,I'm not smart enough to fix them on my own.

Work with support:since I'm willing to help and can reproduce this. They have my ticket and e-mail address.

If I don't get a reply,I'm down to one of those. ( but for now,I'm waiting.....
ZlothX
Reply #29 Friday, June 27, 2008 10:11 PM
SIX WEEKS?? Better ask them for an update.
Wizard1956
Reply #30 Friday, June 27, 2008 10:53 PM
One other option: I consider this my one stable build,which is all I bought,after all.I will just bear in mind that future versions will not work with Vista Home Basic. Aero is required,forcing an upgrade to Home Premium or better.Oh,wait... even that's not working properly with WindowBlinds applied.
CarGuy1
Reply #31 Saturday, June 28, 2008 12:08 AM
Can someone upload or give the download link of 2.0.055.


Until I update to v2.00.058 that is.Then all of a sudden*poof*,it no longer works on Vista Home Basic. I'll be damned if I'm going to buy Vista Home Premium or Ultimate just to run DeskScapes.


If you have auto-archive turned on, you shoud still have 2.0.055 on your PC.
Wizard1956
Reply #32 Saturday, June 28, 2008 12:47 AM

If you have auto-archive turned on, you should still have 2.0.055 on your PC.


I do,but it was easier for me to create a restore point,try the update(now 3 times) and restore back when it didn't work.I've never used the archives to restore anything.I'm sure I'll loose .055 forever someday,so I'm not going to try repeatedly to make .058 work.I offered,I got no response,I tried the update again with the same results.Time to move on.

[EDIT] Since the release of version 2.50,DeskScapes has been working fine on my system.Thank you,Stardock!

Moletai
Reply #33 Sunday, July 6, 2008 3:51 AM
This will fix all of these issues.Right click goto "personalize" then goto "Window color and appearance"Then click on "Open classic appearance properties for more color option" at bottomMake sure "Windows aero" is highlighted then apply.Goto the desktop background and try the deskscape should work.Let me know


I did all the but the described above problem remains. Only when I apply default vista theme (Aero) in windowblinds everything is ok (i.e. no error message). But when I am running other windowblinds theme, it is impossible to set aero color scheme (through personalize), because it returns to standard all the time, and because of that i am getting error message saying Desktop window manager is not running (even if it is running perfectly) at PC startup.
Jess McGuay
Reply #34 Friday, March 27, 2009 10:24 AM

Humm, I just ran into this bug this morning. I had decided to buy the Blissful dream and everything "seemed" fine. I am using the Areo theme on Vista x64. Anyway my screensaver was running and then all of a sudden the screensaver was interupted and that took me back to my desktop where I had the pop up about the service not running. Launched Services and the service was listed as Automatic and running.

Figures all the free Dreams I've used, like the rotating earth Dynamic Theme, haven't had this issue and the one time I buy a theme it acts up

Jess McGuay
Reply #35 Sunday, April 5, 2009 10:55 PM

Any word on an update? I downloaded another Dream that does changes based ont the time of day and its also giving me the dang error mssg even though the service is running. Having actually paid money for the one dream and having this problem is kind of annoying

striperz
Reply #36 Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:14 PM

I have Vista BASIC (NO AREO), every so often(usualy 5-10 days) the dream will all of a sudden stop like its paused or something..... all i have to do is >>>

click start

in the search box type "services" hit enter

click in the main window of services

scroll down to "desktop window manager session manager"

right click it and click on resart

then go back to deskscapes and pick your dream

THAT WORKS FOR ME,...HOPE IT HELPS

Poddytat
Reply #37 Saturday, July 25, 2009 10:38 AM

Hi!  Ok, I checked my Impulse and for some reason I have both deskscapes (free and registered) showing.  I tried to uninstall the free one but it says files needed to uninstall not available.  And when I right click on the registered version and try to run it I still get the Desktop Window Manager message.  Grrr.  Help please?  I am on Vista Ultimate and I have OD Ultimate also if that helps.  It shows as version 2.5 of deskscapes.

Derron Simmonds
Reply #38 Friday, September 18, 2009 11:00 AM

I was experiencing some problems at first myself. I'm Running Vista Home Premium 64bit. I have the new version up and running after running Aero. Only prob is now they restricted usage to only the older dreams

 

But hey there's gotta be some cool old ones....i Hope!

Neil Banfield
Reply #39 Friday, September 18, 2009 12:04 PM

Derron Simmonds
I was experiencing some problems at first myself. I'm Running Vista Home Premium 64bit. I have the new version up and running after running Aero. Only prob is now they restricted usage to only the older dreams

 

But hey there's gotta be some cool old ones....i Hope!

What version do you have installed and which dreams are not working for you?

rajkumarg
Reply #40 Thursday, December 3, 2009 10:57 AM

Hello all,

Even i have the same damn error,

why dont stardock support solve this issue,

dont the support guys see the forum posts,

so many people are experiencing the same issue over and over,

Stardock u better solve the issue soon, before u loose precious customers.............................

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