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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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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Task manager menu, titlebar and tabs have disappeared

I was reading a question tonight about our dear friend, the Windows Task Manager and remembered, just then, one particular area of confuzzlement about it that it took me a long time to clear up the ...
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“Task Manager” addon for Firefox?

Are there any addons for Firefox that can replicate the performance monitoring of Task Manager in Windows - seeing memory and CPU used - but for all the tabs in the current Firefox session? I want to ...
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Good Alternatives to Windows Task Manager [closed]

Does anyone know of any good free alternatives to the standard Windows Task Manager besides the Resource Monitor? I'm looking for a lightweight program that displays detailed info about my CPU, RAM, ...
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Task Manager shows 100% CPU utilization, but nothing in process list does

I'm using WinXP, and I notice that in the Task Manager, on the Performance tab my CPU usage is 100%. But When I go to the Processes tab, and sort by CPU System Idle Process is taking up 90%. I've ...
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Can I make Ctrl+Alt+Del go directly into the task manager in Windows 7?

I am using Windows 7 and when I press Ctrl+Alt+Del I first go into the welcome screen and only then I can go into the task manager. I have no use for any other option on this screen, can I change it ...
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Tool which finds which process is causing the heavy hard drive activity?

Sometimes my Windows 7 system is accessing the hard drive heavily for several minutes and it slows down the machine considerably. Is there a tool which tells me which process is causing it? That ...
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Why does Windows 7 use the page file when there's free physical RAM?

I am using Windows 7 64 bit with 8G ram. After some use, I feel Windows is getting sluggish. The drive is thrashing. When I look at the resource monitor and disk activity, I see a few instances of use ...
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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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How to fix task manager memory column if it shows lies

I have a problem in showing memory in task manager with memory and paging columns. Why it shows so small size usage? And maybe anyone knows how to fix it? Here is a screenshot(working set, memory, ...
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Why is Windows 7 scheduled task running hidden?

I am migrating a system from XP to Windows 7. I ported a scheduled task that worked fine under XP to the Windows 7 environment by re-creating the job in the new scheduled tasks manager, and calling ...
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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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How to find which tab a particular Chrome process refers to

I often have 6 or 7 separate Chrome windows open, often with 5-10 tabs in each. When I look at Windows Task Manager, I see each chrome.exe process, with some using a large amount of memory. How can ...
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What are these different kinds of memory usage in Windows 7 task manager?

In Windows 7's task manager, I can select different columns to show. There are a bunch that are related to memory and memory usage, but I'm not sure what it all means. I have a Dutch installation of ...
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Windows 8 task manager, on Windows 7

As the MSDN Blog explained in great detail, the Windows 8 Task Manager is a big leap from the Windows 7, Vista (and especially the XP)version. Is there a way for me to run the Windows 8 Task Manager ...
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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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How do I check the amount of memory my program uses in vista's task manager?

The columns in xp's task manager differ from the ones in vista/7 and that's why I'm asking that question.Which column in vista's task manager shows the amount of memory that a program had allocated?
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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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How can I configure the Windows 7 Task Manager to always display processes from all users?

How can I configure the Windows 7 Task Manager to always display processes from all users? I don't want ot always have to click on the button in the bottom left corner.
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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 identify what is starting a process?

On my XP machine, a python.exe process starts every so on which takes up 100% of my CPU. I have to kill it from the task monitor.. How can one identify what this process is and how you can disable ...
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Task manager always crashes within a few seconds

This is the error report: Problem signature: Problem Event Name: APPCRASH Application Name: taskmgr.exe Application Version: 6.1.7600.16385 Application Timestamp: 4a5bc3ee Fault Module Name: ...
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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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Run task manager as another user (admin)

Is it possible to run the Windows Task Manager as another user, i.e. as an admin? Our users run with limited privileges, so it would be helpful if I could task manager as an administrator to kill a ...
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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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Save processes priority settings?

Is there anyway to save the processes priority settings in Windows 7 instead of opening the task manager in every session and doing it manually?
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Resource monitor for OS X

In Windows, you can get an overview of your computers resources and activities by going into the Task Manager. It also shows which task is consuming the most CPU cycles and RAM. Is there a similar ...
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Task and Time management (tracking) software for Windows

I have seen a few discussions about the subject here, but it is still not clear for me which program I should use for task management. My requirements are following: It MUST... be Windows software ...
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What is the “Startup impact” column in Task Manager?

Task Manager in Windows 8 has got a new tab called 'Startup'. As I understand, this allows me to control my startup programs. However, the meaning of the column 'Startup impact' is unclear to me: ...
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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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Windows 8 Task Manager not reporting actual CPU frequency

Task manager reports 2.53 GHz, but CPU-Z reports 1192 MHz. My windows is a fresh install of the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade. When I used the Consumer Preview, task manager would report different ...
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What's the easiest way to save Task Manager's Processes tab as a CSV file?

I want to get the information in the Task Manager's Processes tab into Excel. I want to do this because I am trying to make an image to deploy to a few workstation and need to see what I should ...
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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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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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Memory usage for application listed in Task Manager is not a good indication?

I read somewhere (I think Mark's blog from sysinternals), that the memory a program takes up as listed in Task Manager is not a good way to judge where all the memory on your pc is performing. Is ...
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How can I recognize a running batch file in task manager?

I run a few batch files as SYSTEM (as services) and they appear as cmd.exe in tasklist. Sometimes I need to terminate one of them but I cannot decide which cmd.exe to terminate. Plus; I run many ...
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Why doesn't Windows 8 Task Manager report the actual CPU frequency when Virtualisation is turned on?

In this question, I asked why the actual CPU frequency wasn't being reported in the performance tab of windows task manager. It turns out I had Virtualization turned on in the BIOS. When I disabled ...
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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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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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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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Windows Task Manager: Switch to window associated with process

I have multiple instances of the same program running. Say I notice in the process tab that one of the instances is using 22GB of RAM. How can identify which of the instances this is, i.e. switch to ...
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What do the extra columns in the Task Manager on XP do?

What do the columns that are not shown by default in the XP Task Manager do? Specifically the VM Size, Page Faults and Mem Delta columns
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Task Manager not Displaying Correctly [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Task manager menu, titlebar and tabs have disappeared When I launch the task manager for windows it displays but incorrectly, below is a screenshot of how it looks: ...
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Kill process that doesn't show up in task manager

I am able to kill running processes which show up in the task manager but there are some games like KnightOnline and Metin2 that don't show up in task manager and so I can't kill them. I've been ...
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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 always crashes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Task manager always crashes within a few seconds This is the error report: Problem signature: Problem Event Name: APPCRASH Application Name: taskmgr.exe Application ...