Many times you have referred to the Task Manager for troubleshooting various problems. Would you please give a good overview of just how to use the Task Manager? Thank you.
Sure Lamar! Task Manager is an awesome tool to use with Windows.
It’s very easy to find. Just press the following keys Ctrl+Alt+Delete and select Task Manager.
If you are using a touchscreen Windows tablet, type Task Manager in the search charm and tap the icon for Task Manager.
In Windows 7 and Vista, Task Manager will pop up in a Window like this:
If you click the Applications tab, you’ll see a list of programs currently running on your PC.
This is a great tool for when your computer slows to a crawl. It can help you identify if you’ve got multiple programs running and which ones might be locked up. In the image below, the user has multiple windows of Internet Explorer running. This is likely caused by impatiently clicking multiple times when something doesn’t open quickly enough or it could be caused by accidentally clicking on something that opens multiple add windows. In either case, you can easily close these programs by clicking on each instance and choosing End Task.
If a program seems to be locked up and not responding, this is your escape route.
But there are also other uses for Task Manager. Click the Processes tab and you can see everything running on your computer, including processes running the that background. You’ll be able to see how much CPU they use and how much memory each process requires. This can also be a way to find out if something unwanted is running on your computer.
To end a process, highlight it and click End Process.
Choosing Services will show you a list of services running on your PC. Services are applications that run in the background and may not be easily accessible. Services include things like auto-updates for browsers and plug-ins and third-party security programs.
The Performance tab will let you check out the performance of your PC. You can monitor CPU Usage, Memory and their history. Click Resource Monitor at the bottom and you’ll pull up more detailed information.
Networking will monitor your wired and wireless connections.
The Users tab shows you all of the users on the PC. Users can disconnect or Logoff from here.
If you’re using Windows 8 or 8.1, the Task Manager will look a little bit different.
Click on more details for more information.
Here’s what the Processes tab looks like.
One difference that you’ll notice between 8.1 and 7 is the App History tab. This monitors the individual usage by each app and how many resources Live Tiles use for updating.
Click the Startup tab and you can see all the programs that launch at startup and how they tax your resources. You can highlight a program and click Disable to stop it from launching at startup.
Hope this information helps.