Task manager is a Windows utility to see which processes are running on the system. It provides detailed information about computer performance related to each process running on a Windows system.

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Why do Resource Monitor and Task Manager's total RAM usage not even remotely add up to the total Physical Memory usage?

I have noticed this on many different Windows machine, on many different occasions: the RAM usage reported by Task Manager or Resource Monitor often seems to add up to an amount which is significantly ...
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Apparent ten second delay feature, for own startup items, in Windows 8.1

On Windows 8.1, Have some app on your desktop, say TestApp. Make a shortcut. Windows+R, type "shell:Common Startup", Drag that shortcut in to the "Start-up" area you now see. (NOTE: if you now go ...
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Why Task Manager shows PID for some services and not for others?

I am trying to dig deeper into task manager. I am using Windows 7. In services tab of task manger, we can see all the services, but some PIDs are shown, while some doesn't. Aren't all the running ...
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Get process list with CPU usage periodically in background? [duplicate]

I want to get process list with CPU usage periodically and automatically under windows. I.e. including machine is idle. Was thinking it should be possible with performance monitor, but didn't find a ...
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Can't disable autostart via the windows 8 taskmanager

I have the following problem: I have a user with is not a administrator and see the following: then I start the taskmanager as a administrator via the command line and see the following: What I ...
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Task Manager has been disabled

In the past I had an issue where my admin had disabled Task Manager, I can't remeber exactly how I fixed it, but it was a part of windows where you can add which application would not be able to run.. ...
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Windows 8 Task Manager Settings Reset to Default if Windows is not Shut Down Properly

I liked the windows task manager in windows 8 because of the new features compared to the older versions. I change its settings according to my needs: Always on top Set the update speed to fast ...
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Task Manager “go to process” points to the wrong process

This is one of those weird windows things and I'm wondering what even caused this. I was trying to clone a git repo, then closed the console window after deciding against it. The window stayed up but ...
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Windows 7 won't close programs even in task manager

Last week I noticed this happening for the first time. Firefox froze up and wouldn't load any new pages. The internet was working fine but the browser was stuck. So I closed the window and when I ...
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Force Task Manager to show Memory in Megabyte [duplicate]

Is there any way to configure Task Manager (windows 7) so that it show memory in Process tab in Mb instead of K.
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Strange CPU Usage History

My CPU history graph on the task manager is acting strangely. The fan also seems to be "revving". Here is an image of what is happening. This is my laptop and the processor is Intel core i5. ...
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CCleaner & TaskManager & Registry Editor disappear

A month ago I installed ESET Smart Security with a trial version for a month. After this month has ended, I uninstalled it (with its own uninstaller) and installed instead AVG Internet Security. ...
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Process Hacker - What's the difference between Disk and I/O?

As a sysadmin often having to deal with Windows systems with issues- be it servers with performance issues, or desktops with malware- I often spend a lot of time staring at he two different graphs in ...
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How to kill a specific java process by application name

Usual taskkill /im "java.exe" will kill all java processes in the list. I however, want to kill a specific one. The problem is to identify the right process as there are multiple java.exe processes ...
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Task Manager calculates disk usage to be 100% after a few seconds of interesting outputs … why?

In Windows 8, if I pull up Task Manager within a minute or two of restarting the computer, the value it calculates under the "Disk" column should be 100%, and it is, but it takes a little bit of time ...
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how to quickly select multiple processes in windows 8 task manager to tile vertically or horizontally?

this was possible in windows 7 but is not in windows 8: open task manager sort processes by program name click the top program, hold shift, click the bottom program, highlight them all right click ...
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How to close a hung Windows 8.1 Start screen (on multiple monitor setup)

I hit my windows key to launch the start screen immediately after logging into windows. Something is unhappy, as now I can't close the start screen or interact with it in any way. I've managed to get ...
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What causes System Idle Process to run down my CPU so much [duplicate]

I noticed my laptop was being a bit unresponsive so I checked the processes tab and found that System Idle Process is using nearly all of my CPU power. Why is this happening and how do I stop it?
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Why the number of CPU's so Large

I was installing Android studio and just so that I could delete the process I had my Task manager open and Saw that the CPU number was reaching 40 somethimes. How is this done, are multiple CPU ...
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How to sort processes by time started?

In task manager (or using alternative software if not an option), how do you sort processes by time started? If for example, you were concerned that you may have installed a virus, you might want to ...
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0% of network usage on task manager

I am downloading a game from Steam and loading a HD video on Youtube, download rate is about 10Mbps, as it says at the Performance tab for Wireless on the Task Manager, but when I go to the Processes ...
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why is there 5-50 gig downloaded in my temp file-windows task manager says my cpu usage is always around 90-100% [duplicate]

I have been struggling for over a week now trying to figure out why my computer is running slow when connected to the internet. Windows task manager says my cpu usage is always around 90-100% I have ...
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Is there a way to display the Windows 8 Task Manager Performace tab data on my desktop?

I'm generally a mac user and when using my mac I use a little piece of software called iStat Pro that shows me what's going on with my machine at all times. I have come to love that. Recently I've ...
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Is there any way to change the default tab of task manager in Windows 8?

In Windows 8, Task manager always opened on "processes" tab. Is there any way to set other tab (e.g. "Performance") as default tab?
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How do I find lower the amount of or find what is using committed memory?

I was recently looking at this question: Why is the total memory usage reported by Windows Task Manager much higher than the sum of all processes' memory usage? when my task manager was doing just ...
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how to make a process unstoppable?

There are some process in the Windows-Task-Manager that you can't kill them in Non-Administrator users : And even in Administrator users, when you try to kill them, you receive this below warning : ...
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Why does Hyper-V affect in task manager?

If you look at image you can see that in Task Manager CPU tab. Why when Hyper-V enable Speed and Max Speed same and it does not change the way it change when Hyper-V disable ? Why this apply to ...
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Why Intel Core i3 processor with enough free RAM and low CPU usage become very slow?

In a computer with Intel Core i3 and 4GB of RAM running Windows 8.1 build 9600, in conditions I expect no have performance problems it become very very slow and it's close to freeze (or even freeze ...
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Cancel AVG through task manager gives “Access Denied”

When I start up my computer (windows 7), AVG starts up. Usually this isnt a bad thing, but recently it's been taking up close to 40 percent of the listed CPU according to task manager. When I ...
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Is there a trace of users killing a process on windows machine

We're debugging a situation in a retail location where the program does a bunch of logging but then everything just stops. it's pretty apparent that the comm to an external web service is taking some ...
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Accidently stopped some services in svchost

I stopped some of the services in svchost.exe in Windows 8 and now I am not able open task manager as it throws error. When I checked in PowerShell all those services are stopped. Even services.msc ...
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Windows 7 Task Manager: Difference between applications, processes, and services

I would like to know the difference between Applications, Processes, and Services, as listed in the Windows 7 Task Manager. Under UNIX/Linux, these terms work as follows: processes refer to executable ...
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Win 8: window/process moved to 'background process' and I cant move them back to 'apps'

I'm having a problem with windows 8. Some windows randomly disappear and I can't access them. They don't show up in the task bar or under alt-tab, but I know the window is still open because I can ...
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Task manager network graph; what's yellow?

Green: download. Red: upload. Yellow: network queue? (download - upload)?
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Strange paths in Task Manager: “\??\C:\Windows\etc..”

When looking a the list of processes for a different reason, I noticed something odd: There's four instances of conhost, but I haven't seen paths like those before.. Can anyone tell me what the ...
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Find out which program is using all the disk when my screen saver is on

Right after my computer wakes up when I press a key, the disk usage drops from 100% to 5%. How do I find out which program is using the disk? Windows 8.1, and I have a black screen saver, it's not ...
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Task Scheduler with ADFS loggin

I have a Windows 7 PC with ADFS login. When I create a Task with the Task Scheduler with the option Run only when user is logged on everything is fine. But then I choose: Run whether user is logged on ...
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lost all my admin privileges in windows 7 [duplicate]

Today I suddenly encountered a problem, the last thing I remember i did before the problem occurred was that I was installing a game from the Steam, the game asked to install Nvidea Physx, after that, ...
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Window 8 : RAM usage (committed memory) [duplicate]

I have a 4 GB RAM memory. In task manager you can see tha Committed memory is 5,6/7,9 GB RAM. Why that if In use memory is just 3,1 GB ? Is Windows using the Page File ?
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Windows Task Manager not showing all cores?

I have Fujitsu RX200 S6 servers, which are Xeon 5500/5600 compatible. Up to today, I had dual X55nn (not sure of exact model) installed. Windows Task Manager was showing 24 separate graphs. I was ...
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Windows 8.1 Setup, moving app from background processes to apps (task manager-foreground)

I want to format my Windows 8.1, not the 1st time I do so I know how to do it, but this time while I was waiting for the % to finish, I think it was around 26% at that moment so I went to play a game ...
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Service Host: Local system (network restricted) is thrashing hard disk

I am having windows 8.1 with update 1 installed and all release updates of windows till the date i am posting this questions. System is laptop, Core i3 with 6 GB RAM and 500GB hard disk. When ever i ...
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Hide cmd.exe Process When Running Batch Script [duplicate]

I have a batch script that I am running hidden by executing it with a vbs. This is great, because it completely hides the cmd window. However, if I look in the Windows Task Manager I can still see ...
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Stop or pause Windows startup programs during boot? [closed]

Is there an application or program that can stop or pause startup programs during boot? For example using a hotkey to pause the startup queue temporarily or simply stop it altogether. Note: This is ...
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Task Manager is not able to run due to compatibility issues.

I am not able to open the Task Manager through keyboard shortcuts and by right-clicking the taskbar, I even tried launching it through Command Promp to no avail. Whenever I launch it by using the ...
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Multiple instances of Windows Wireless 802.11 Extensibility Framework. Why?

I counted the number of instances of this process on a particularly bad day: I have 120 instances of Windows Wireless 802.11 Extensibility Framework running. They just pile up for reasons I can't ...
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UAC prompt window delays at least 1 minute in Windows 7

I have an issue with UAC, only when is executed for first time it delays at least one minute, after that, any task which requires it, the UAC promps in 2 or 3 seconds. When I waiting that, I see in ...
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Number of handles from Win8.1 task manager?

In win xp and win 7 we used to be able to see the number of handles and process etc, the actual count, in task manager like image here: in win8.1 we have the resources manager: but it doesnt give ...
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email notification computer ram higher 80%

Is there a way to email myself if a computer running window's Ram is 80% > ?I see there is performance monitor. I figured out how to use counters but I really want to make this SIMPLE to the above ...
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Windows Task Scheduler - Task Starting Despite AC Power Condition

On a laptop, I have created a task in Windows Vista SP2 which has the condition "Start the task only if the computer is on AC power". Also checked is "Wake the computer to run this task". I then ...