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Task Manager is used to see what processes are running on your computer as well as showing performance information, start-up programs and services.

 

Accessing Task Manager

 

Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and choose Task Manager from the menu that appears.

 

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or right mouse click on the Start Menu button and choose Task Manager.

 

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or by pressing.

 

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Task Manager Overview

 

When it first opens you will see the screen below - which is the simplified mode of Task Manager that shows you running tasks and gives you the ability to End task (e.g. close) any application.

 

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If you click on More details you will then see the screen below which gives you access to all the advanced functionality of Task Manager.

 

As above you can End task (e.g. close) any application.

 

To return to simplified view click Fewer details.

 

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Processes

This tab shows all running Apps, Background processes and Windows processes along with how much CPU, Memory, Disk, Network and GPU resources they are using.  This view also allows you to see current Power usage for each app, useful on a laptop/tablet as you can see which apps are using the most battery power.

Performance

Shows detailed information about CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network/Ethernet/Wifi usage.

Also shows the Up time of your computer which is how long since it was last restarted.

App history

Maintains a list of application that you have launched during a session, so that you can easily switch to any previously used application, and view its CPU and Network usage.

Startup

Here you can manage applications and processes which start with Windows logon.

Users

Shown here are all logged on users and what processes they are currently using - you can also disconnect any user and see more information about how many resources (disk, CPU, memory and disk) they are using.

Details

This tab is similar to the Processes tab but provides access to more advanced settings - from here you will be able to end task and end process tree, create dump file, set CPU priority level and CPU affinity of selected application, search process details online, enable/disable UAC virtualization, switch to respective service in Services tab, and view selected process properties.

Services

The Services tab lists all the Windows services. It shows the description of the service and its current state and allows you to start, stop and restart a service.

 

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