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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What does it mean if chkdsk runs for several days?

I ran into a problem where my Windows 8 computer all of a sudden ran really slowly. After opening up Task Manager, I noticed that 50% Disk Activity was being used, even though the total of all the ...
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Inconsistency between Task Manager Processes Tab and Performance Tab

The Windows Task Manager, on my Windows 7 machine is consistently very inconsistent. Specifically, the memory used by my processes (as reflected in a variety of different metrics) in the Processes ...
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Opening task manager takes an incredibly long time

This happens on all my windows 8 devices. When I press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC, or just start the task manager in any other way, it always takes a long time to open - Something around 45 seconds to 2 ...
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Firefox doesn't show up, but hide in task manager

Every time I boot my laptop and click the Firefox shortcut, the Firefox browser doesn't pop up. From here I need to open task manager, then manually kill the Firefox thread. After this, I click the ...
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How to force close an application in windows 8 if it is not responding?

It sometimes occurs to me that some of the running applications in Windows 8 stop responding. In windows 7 there was an option of going to task manager and right click on a program's icon and go to ...
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Does Windows 7 reuse process IDs?

Does Windows 7 reuse process IDs? The reason I ask this question is due to my experience that Windows XP and Linux never seems to generate process IDs higher than 20–30k. However, my Windows 7 ...
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explorer.exe and tskmngr.exe incredibly high memory usage

On start up, both explorer.exe and tskmgr.exe start increasing in mem usage up to 1GO and more with high 100% CPU usage and the computer becomes very slow and un-usable. This started to happen after ...
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Terminate program that has taken over the screen

I've been using Windows forever, but one thing that has annoyed me is how hard it is to terminate misbehaving full-screen applications. In Linux, I can just switch over to terminal (Ctrl+Alt+F1) and ...
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How to use TASKKILL for 32 bit applications in Windows 64 bit environment?

When a user launches a 32 bit .Net application in a 64 bit environment, in the task manager it displays with a different name. For example if my application name is Shipnet.Shell.exe, in the task ...
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What does “Disk active time” mean in task manager?

I've read online that "disk active time" means something like the amount of total time the disk spends on IO activity. I'm kind of confused about what that means. Also, on a virtual machine, what ...
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What is the easy way to start Task Manager as an administrator in Windows 8?

I'm sure I'm missing something simple here, if so I apologize for asking this question. I need to run the Windows 8 task manager as administrator from a standard user account's login session. Under ...
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How to make windows task manager to show network usage?

I found that Windows 8 Task manager does not show network usage correctly: As you see, my torrent client downloads at a speed of 1 Mb/s, while Windows shows zero. All adapters are disabled except ...
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Task manager won't start after nasty virus

Had a nasty virus. Got a trojan through a patch to a game I have played a lot (world of tanks). The trojan was named Win32: Patched-ZX. Which opened up for several rootkit(according to AV) and 3 worms ...
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Is it possible for a process to not appear in the Task Manager in Windows 7? [closed]

I was just wondering if it was possible for malware to hide itself in this way.
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Why does opening Process Explorer (or task manager) make operations complete quicker?

I'm certain I'm not making this up. Quite often I'll notice something is taking longer than it should (a Visual Studio build, some unresponsive app, web page load or whatever). I'll hit crtl+shift+esc ...
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Unknown Process in TaskManager and cannot be removed

I have just found an unknown process in Task Manager. I have scanned my system with Windows Defender on Windows 8.1 and it could not detect any issues. But there is something there that shouldn't be ...
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Why does CPU Time for the System Idle Process increase *faster* than the wall clock?

My computer has been up for 30 min but task manager shows that CPU Time for System Idle Process at 1:30 plus. Every second it advances another 3 or sometimes 4 seconds. The machine is also running, ...
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How to kill tasks in Windows 7 when even Task Manager won't open or respond?

Occasionally one of my computers will get so bogged down that everything locks up, Ctrl+Alt+Del doesn't work, Task Manager won't open, or they work, but are opening so slowly that it will take hours ...
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How do I filter the processes and services in the Task manager based on how active they are

I am trying to identify from the Task Manager the static and dynamic activities of my system in order to store them into a database. An example of what I call static processes are like some services ...
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How many processes should I be running to be as efficient as possible?

Here is the situation: I am processing images, transforming them from tif to ecw and reprojecting them. The software I am using one uses one process, and only one core it seems. When I run a batch ...
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Task Manager for Firefox (like in Chrome?) [duplicate]

I was looking over Chrome and the task manager feature and really wishing something like this was in Firefox (as i have lots of addons [probably too many] and lots of tabs open). I looked for an addon ...
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Limited task manager?

I know it seems counter-productive, but I was looking for a task manager that it's more limited than the one that comes with Window. The reason is that some servers that I use (but not manage) have ...
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Windows task on internet connection outside home network

I'm trying to create a windows task that will execute as soon as the laptop is outside the home network. There is an option called: 'start when specific network connection is available' but i'm ...
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Windows 8 Task Manager: how to enable the “CPU Time” column in the Processes tab?

Up until Windows 7, the Processes Tab of the Task Manager would allow you to add the CPU Time column (see for instance Task Manager's possibilities you may not know): to show it, choose theView ...
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Only 4 cores showing up in task manager

For some reason only 4 cores are showing up in task manager I have tried everything(almost) setting and unchecking number of cores in msconfig did not work using easy BCD did not work ...
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Win 8 64bit: How can I see memory info from the command line?

I need to see the memory use from command line: I have Win 8 for 64bit and mem command doesn't work. Even if it would have worked I'm not sure would give the memory for the entire system. How can I ...
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Why won't Task Manager stay open on WIndows 8?

I can't use Task Manager on Windows 8. Whichever way I open it (keyboard shortcuts, .exe in System32, taskbar right-click menu), it only stays open for second. It does not simply freeze and crash as ...
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Why are there so many duplicates of “explorer.exe” running?

In my Windows 7 task manager, there are 16 instances of explorer.exe running. Where is this coming from? I thought perhaps I had inadvertently enabled the option of Windows replicating an instance ...
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Task manager does not open after deleting Process Explorer

I've installed Process explorer on my Windows 8 64 bit system. Few days later I have removed Process explorer again but the standard Task Manager won't open any more. How to fix this?
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Process “System” needs 100% Harddrive input/output

I'm on Windows 8 and in my Task-Manager I see that the process "System" needs 100% of my IO capacity. What is the reason or how to find out what exactly the reason is? It slows down my PC. Thank you ...
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My pc gives me freeze frames, but not when TaskManager is active

I have a strange problem, and I dont know the cause. but i have a simple solution. I use my PC primarily to do 3D rendering, so it's quite good (Core i7, 8GB, 650GTX, Windows7-64bit, etc.). But, i ...
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Where's the memory going? [closed]

I'm getting Out of Memory errors in one of my programs (I'm a programmer). This is ridiculous, because I have 16GB RAM on a Windows 7 x64 system, and no reason why I should be running out. So I ...
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Why Can't I View Networking Stats in Task-Manager With other WIN 7 Pro users in my LAN?

I have windows 7 professional along with other LAN users in my home. We all share the same network connection as in "LAN", and it would be really nice given the sharing of bandwidth to see what ...
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How to know which driver or kernel module prevents process to be killed?

Sometimes I have processes which I can't kill. Process Explorer, Task Manager and others say that "Access denied". I was told that this can be because kernel driver has a bug or something. How to ...
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Restarting window manager on Windows 8

When Windows Explorer (the window manager) crashed on Windows 7, one had only to open the task manager by hitting Ctrl+Shift+Esc, choose File -> New process and run explorer again. Actually, sometimes ...
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Determining what processes like svchost, rundll, etc are doing

How can I determine what processes like svchost or rundll are doing? Not necessarily in great detail, but I want to understand how and why such processes are used by Windows. As a novice admin, I ...
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Why does the Windows Task Manager never show more than 80% memory used?

In the Windows Task Manager I have never seen the memory usage close to 100%. If physical memory is never depleted, how come computers have virtual memory? I realize many years ago maybe computers did ...
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Multiple context menu run as administrator through registry editor

I am trying to create two context menus for .EXE files in Windows 8, both of which will need admin privileges. As I can see in registry, HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas can only have one command ...
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Why is my Hybrid Disk not Active?

Now that I found out that I do have a hybrid disk (AXM13S2-24GM-B), I'm starting to believe it is not active. Last night I started up Task Manager and I see 2 disks - Disk 0 (C:) and Disk 1. Disk ...
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Windows 8 network usage stuck at 0 Mbps for all processes

Network utilization of all my processes seems to be frozen at 0 Mbps. See the screenshot below (Task Manager, Processes tab): However, the Performance tab shows that I'm using my network as much as ...
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Task manager in Windows 8 slower because it reads CatRoot?

It seems that whenever the Windows 8 Task Manager is about to be launched, it first reads the file C:\Windows\System32\launchtm.exe, and then it reads the contents of my C:\Windows\System32\CatRoot ...
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Task manager in Windows 7 fails to record “bytes received”

For whatever strange reason the task manager on my current Windows 7 machine is not monitoring the amount of data send/received correctly. Is this a known bug or where are my bytes secretly hiding? ...
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Windows 8 running out of memory? [duplicate]

About an hour after startup I get a message box saying windows is low on memory, I've got 16GB ram and as far as I can see I should be using no more than 20% of my memory from the applications in task ...
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Windows 8 process System takes 100% disk usage and extremly slows pc

I have Windows 8 and recently I have problem with process System. Sometimes this process takes disk usage to 100% for a several minutes and working speed is betwenn 0,1MB/s and 0,4MB/s. I can't work ...
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Why does my CPU not max out

So when I am doing something like calculating a file integrity hash, converting a video, compressing some files etc. why does my CPU not reach 100% usage, instead it happily jumps around from 0% to ...
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How to remove dead items from the Startup tab in Task Manager?

I have a couple of programs in the Startup tab, that after being uninstalled remained there. In this picture you can see Switcher, which used to launch on startup, remains in the tab after being ...
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rundll32.exe : infected examples pushing cpu to %100 . Malware bytes couldnt detect it niether could Win Def how do i fix it [duplicate]

My laptop is almost useless. The rundll32 application is infected with malware. I have tried several malitious software removal tools all for nought.
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What can I do about 99% disk usage (only 0.9 MB/s)?

My new laptop is two months old, the first day I got this laptop I noticed this but I assumed it was a bug in Windows 8. However I still have this issue today after reformatting and installing all ...
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Task Manager startup with Windows 8

How to make Task Manager run automatically when Windows 8 starts?
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Lotus Notes 8 client cannot be restarted after crash

The client can not be restarted, even if the notes.exe and nlotes.exe tasks stopped in the task manager. Only rebooting helps, but that is not a user friendly solution. This occures on Lenovo laptops. ...