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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How to find out when an application was started using the Event Viewer on Windows 8.1

I am tring to find out when an application was started using the Event Viewer on Windows 8.1. I have tried tracking the PID of the application (Winamp) from the Task Manager to the Event Viewer, but ...
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Windows reported maximum Frequency is stuck on 100% incorrectly

Windows reported maximum Frequency is stuck on 100% despite cpu speed changing from 1.2GHz idle to 2.9GHz under load CPUid reports updated speed at regular intervals but the Windows Task Manager and ...
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How can I find out if a process listed in task manager under Windows 8 is running with administrative privileges?

How can I find out if a process listed in task manager is running with administrative privileges? I'm running an application using "run as administrator" option, but task manager shows my username in ...
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Killing a program from the start menu in windows 8

Occasionally, I have a program that freezes, and then refuses to give the screen to me so I can use the normal task manager to kill it, and no amount of alt-tabbing or ctrl-alt-deleting can get rid of ...
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Why can't I kill a process?

Thunderbird has crashed and all attempts to kill thunderbird.exe are to no avail. I've tried Task Manager and Process Explorer from Sysinternals and simply nothing happens when I select 'Kill'. I ...
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Mystery processes maxing CPU Usage [duplicate]

I have recently re-installed Windows 7 following a BSOD incident and I have noticed the CPU usage maxing out occasionally when I am not doing very much (not when it has recently started up). When I ...
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Keep the current tab on the Windows 8 task manager between sessions?

In older versions of the Windows Task Manager (like Windows 7) it saved what tab I had open between sessions. Is there a way to do this in the new Win8 Task Manager? It always defaults to Processes ...
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Task Manager shows wrong process memory usage [duplicate]

I don't have much info on this one, other than it happened some time ago (can't pinpoint what could've caused it) and a reboot doesn't fix it. Here are a couple of screenshots: I'm completely ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro - CPU Usage Stays at 100%

About an hour ago, I noticed that my laptop had gotten noticeably slower. My laptop is extremely fast, so this extreme decrease in performance prompted me to look at the task manager. In the task ...
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Task Manager shows a 100% disc usage almost constantly, tried everything

I've done numerous scans, no malware at all, I've defragmented the drives, disc clean-up, system refresh, factory settings reset, read loads of posts on this, increased/decreased virtual memory, ...
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How to get the command that invoked a task with tasklist?

The Windows task manager has a column labeled Command Line that shows the command that started the given task, with all the switches and parameters, for example: test.exe -V -A 127.0.0.1 -P 6062 ...
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Removing or disabling Chrome’s Task Manager with a batch-file

I am trying to find a way to either disable or completely remove Chrome’s Task Manager. My proposed solution involves using a batch-file running in the background to detect if the Chrome Task Manager ...
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How to export Windows Task Manager's Information/Tabs?

Is there a way to export the information contain within the Windows Task Manager? I know how to export the processes tab but I'm more interested on the Users Tab. Any help will be greatly ...
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summarize memory use task manager

There are multiple processes (several dozens) running on a Windows 7 Pro machine. They have the same Image Name (column Image Name in Windows Task Manager), but can take various amount of memory ...
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Reasons for Task Manager crashes in windows 8

There could be a number of reasons for Task Manager crashing. I believe I am doing the right thing in making this a community wiki. Here is my original post before I found the cause. My task manager ...
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Windows 8 Task Manager in Windows 7 [duplicate]

I am using Windows 7. I do not like the way that the Task Manager looks, it is ugly compared to that of Windows 8. How can I replace my Task Manager from Windows 7 by that of Windows 8? The nice ...
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Root cause for high CPU usage; which measurement to trust more: Windows Task Manager or Process Explorer?

Consider this Windows 8.1 machine (in-place upgrade from Windows 8) with differing reports on its CPU usage. The machine is idle, and has been for 3 days. There are no CPU intensive tasks running ...
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Windows using too much RAM, how to diagnose resource hog

I have 16GB of system RAM. On startup with no applications open except the task-manager Windows is using about 3gb of RAM. I looked in the processes tab, but nothing seems to be out of the ordinary. ...
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Check if desktop app on Windows 8 is x86 or x64

I don't see a *32 next to file names in the Details tab of task manager like Win7 showed it. I know I am using 64-bit Windows 8. What's the easiest way to check? Thank you.
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How to determine what particular service does an svchost process represent?

When I open Windows Task manager and look at the Processes tab I can see numerous svchost.exe processes and one of them uses to produce serious and continuous CPU load from time to time. Needless to ...
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Run task manager (process explorer) as administrator

I have Sysinternals Process Explorer installed as the system's task manager (Win7 64). Since half of the metrics for anything started as service and processes started under other user accounts are ...
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How can I get a MByte/s or Mbit/s reading of network activity?

Under the Network tab of Windows Task Manager, I can only see "Network Utilization" and "Link Speed". For example, if the link speed is "100 Mbps" (Mega bit per second) and the network utilization is ...
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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 ...