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 can I determine if I have one process with two threads, or two processes?

I notice that chrome (famously now), creates loads of instances in task manager. Is that lots of threads and one process? Or is it multiple processes. i.e. is task manager showing threads, or is it ...
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Multiple Processes of “Java Web Start Launcher” showing up in the Task Manager when uninstalling Java

A few days ago, I planned to uninstall Java because I don't need it anymore. I use an uninstaller named 'Revo Uninstaller' to do a thorough uninstallation of older versions of Java. I was able to ...
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Handles vs Threads vs Processes

Is there a difference between a thread and a process? I am trying to understand the calculations of the system data listed in the performance tab. Handles: 48097 Threads: 1602 Processes: 99 Up Time: ...
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Does Simply Opening Task Manager Jog the System?

I swear it's just in my head, but when my Windows computer hangs or freezes, I find that opening Task Manager (by either Ctrl-Alt-Del > Task Manager or Ctrl-Shift-Esc) sometimes seems to jog the ...
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Laptop show 98% disk usage but almost nothing showing in the task manager

My computer is showing 98% disk usage but when I look in the task manager almost nothing is showing (certainly not anything of significance). Any suggestions as to what might be causing this? Also, ...
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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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Windows 7/8 - restore default task manager?

Does anyone know how to restore the default task manager in Windows 7/8? I've installed a 3rd party Task Manager (Process Hacker) but I want to switch back and I can't figure out how.
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Sudden change in task kill behavior on Windows Server 2012 (Access Denied)

After a reboot on a machine (WS2012-R2), I observed that I could no longer use the "Details" tab in Task Manager to kill a process that I have run at startup. After checking solutions from other ...
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Windows 7 Pro x64 - Web Browsers Hang; Windows Freezes

Summary: Browsers (Firefox & Chrome-based) cause my computer to freeze at random intervals with the only constant being it's upon loading a web page. This can be any web page, whether it's loading ...
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How do I permanently set the affinity of a process?

I have a game that has issues with CPU usage, so one of the fixes is to disable one core out of a quad core cpu. Since everytime I launch the game I have to manually go into the Task Manager and ...
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Tasklist remote login failure

Edit: Rewrote question to include updates and full current status. I am attempting to connect a Windows XP (client) to a Windows 7 (Server) using tasklist. Currently, I have had no luck with this, ...
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windows 10 equivalent to windows 7 “end process”

In windows 7, when I program hangs, I call up the task list. If I do "end task" it will ask if I want to "Wait for the program to close", or "End now". Whichever option I choose, it seems to just hang ...
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Windows 10 keeps showing 100% of CPU usage no matter what

I'm having a curious issue in my Windows 10 Pro 64: the task manager keeps telling I'm using 100% of CPU no mather what: it's just there, fixed, doens't matter which are the consumptions of the listed ...
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How do I see if a process is running in 32-bit or 64-bit mode in the Windows 8/10 Task Manager?

Previously, I would look in Task Manager for a *32 next to the process name in Task Manager to tell what platform the process is running on: However, in Windows 8 and 10 (on the details tab) this ...
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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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task manager private working set lower than performance monitor private bytes

I'm trying to track a memory leak in an application, so I had performance monitor graph its private bytes. One time, performance monitor said that the private bytes was rising, but in task manager, ...
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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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Cannot kill a process in task manager/cmd

One program started to give me problems and I cannot re-started it without restarting my PC. When I go to processes within my Task manager and choose to End process/End process Tree it says "The ...
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Abnormally slow CPU speed in Windows 10 Task Manager, with virtualization disabled

In Windows 10 Pro Task Manager, CPU speed shows a constant and unchanging value of 1.18GHz, while nominal CPU speed is 2.50 GHz. Dual Intel Xeon E5-2680 v3, on a Intel S2600CW2S server board. Per ...
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Test run crashes OS

This sometimes happens on Windows 10 when I'm running NUnit tests which use postgresql from ReSharper test runner. The test doesn't finish and I see a very strange behavior in all applications. ...
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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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Last BIOS time on Task Manager

Can someone tell me what that Last BIOS time is on the upper right corner of the task manager on Windows 8 Pro? Mine has always been 0.0. I guess it is not measuring the BIOS time properly so what can ...
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Unable to terminate process

I can't terminate some processes. It says "Access denied". I am the ultimate owner of the computer. How can I terminate such processed anyway? These are not system processes, these are file managers ...
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Windows 7 - Quickheal's EMLPROXY.EXE taking up too much CPU, not killable afterwards

Above mentioned EMLPROXY.EXE (from Quickheal Total Security) suddenly takes up 95% CPU, it is not killable from task manager and Resource Monitor. I get a "Permission denied" error. I downloaded ...
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How can the CPU speed exceed the max speed?

I was watching my CPU speed in the task manager when I noticed that sometimes the CPU speed exceeds the maximum speed. Actually, sometimes it goes up more than attached. How can this happen?
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One cpu core working harder than the rest

I have seen that with my AMD A8 cpu one of the cores is working harder than the rest. See below: The running processes: Does any one know if this is a problem or just a natural assurance.
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Windows 10 Task Manager System Processes

Resource consumption in Windows 10's task manager doesn't add up. System consumes 50% of RAM (out of 8GB) and over 90% of disk usage (out of about ~80MB/s) regularly, however the processes are not ...
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Prevent task manager from calculating disk usage with external drive included

I had installed an external hard drive onto my PC and task manager, in the processes tab where it shows disk usage, seems to be calculating both my internal hard drive and my external hard drive's ...
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MS Paint running in task manager but not displaying on screen nor visible in task bar Win 7 32bit

MS Paint (mspaint.exe) no longer displays on screen when I click on the shortcut in the start up menu or open the program by any other method. If I look in the task manage I will see and instance of ...
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What is “Memory Usage” and “Virtual memory size” in taskmgr?

I read: What do the Task Manager memory columns mean?. But I still don't understand what they say. Is Working Set (Mem) exactly a size of process memory on RAM? According to Wikipedia this is not ...
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How to display kernel times and Admin processes in Windows 10 taskmanager?

I noticed that comparing to Windows 7, a lot has changed in taskmanager. There are mainly two features I am currently missing: 1.) show kernel times - was present in Win7, is now missing, why? 2.) ...
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How to add temperature tab to task manager?

I know that almost all processors nowadays have built in temperature sensors. How and why aren't these part of task manager (or the performance tab)? Is there a way to add a temperature tab, or ...
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Can anyone explain - Strange/incorrect memory reporting in Windows 10 [duplicate]

Can anyone explain this? A memory utilisation report of 7.2GB/7.9GB: Yet actual memory consumption is no where near that high: When I had returned to my PC, I had a low memory warning and a ...
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What's the shortest way to end multiple process at windows 7

Is it there any simple way to end multiple process in task manager of windows 7, Scenario : I need to end multiple process at task manager ,since there is no option for Multi-select ,Any option to ...
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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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Windows 7 - missing PID in services tab, task manager

So, as stated in the title, PID tab is missing from services tab in task manager. I need PID in order to find a windows service, which causes lots of hard page faults in my system. Any way to fix ...
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Why are Disk and Network columns disabled in Task Manager in Windows Server 2012?

Compared to Windows 8, Windows 2012's Task Manager has Disk and Network columns disabled. Why are these columns disabled? How can one activate them, especially the Network column?
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Can't open Task Manager

When I right click on my task bar and click on Start Task Manager it gives me an error Windows cannot find "C:\windows\system32\taskmgr.exe" Make sure you have typed the name correctly and ...
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Physical Memory in Windows Task Manager

In Windows Task Manager under the Perofrmance tab, I see this under Physical Memory: Total 3582 Cached 867 Available 846 Free 11 How come the numbers don't add up to the total? What is the ...
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How to get a thread count for running process in Win8?

How do I display the column that lists the thread count for the running process in the task manager in Win8? The View menu doesn't seem to have any option that would allow to add nor does right ...
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LM.Detection_x64.exe (XML Scan Engine) constantly using CPU

I always run task manager minimized to watch my CPU usage. My CPU has been running at at least 12% for the past 2 days. (8 cores) The process taking the CPU is: LM.Detection_x64.exe (XML Scan ...
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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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Why don't ALL Active Connection PID's show up in Task Manager INCLUDING those shown when using the “netstat -ano” command?

I am using Windows 7, but this may be the same in other versions of windows. Why don't ALL Active Connection PID's show up in Task Manager INCLUDING those shown when using the 'netstat -ano' command? ...
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Inconsistent Download Speeds

I am downloading a fairly large file (~2G). The download speed that chrome is showing is varying from 300-600kbps. What is confusing me is that the windows task manager is showing speeds varying from ...
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How to see real ram usage for each program in windows 7

when i press ctrl-alt-del and open Task manager I see that Memory is used at 80% (Performance tab), but if I add all the memory usage values for each program from the Processes tabs there's no way ...
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Does task manager run as administrator by default on Windows 10?

I was trying to close a non-responsive process, and after the first time I clicked "End Process", nothing happened. So I did it again and this time a window popped up saying "Access is Denied". ...
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How to see the details of system process resource usage?

In task manager the is a process called "system". it uses resources but I want to know what is it? and what causes to use this amount of memory, cpu or disk. what should I do? I'm using windows 10.
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Process Hacker/Explorer: How to automatically open process properties on launch

When monitoring/debugging executables, I often have to restart them. In Process Hacker/Process Explorer: Is it possible to automatically open the properties window after launching/restarting a ...
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process hacker: how to start a new task? (As task manager does)

When I terminate a task, for instance explorer.exe, how can I start it again using process hacker? (In task manager, we need to click on "create a new task") (On windows 7)
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In Win Server 2012, task manager is always paused after the computer sleeps

I have my PC running Windows Server 2012 and I have it set to sleep after 4 hours of inactivity. I always leave the Task Manager Open and I have noticed that the first time I access the performance ...