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 “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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taskmgr.exe - Wrong Volume

The other day my girlfriend used my computer to use one of those additional resource CD's that come with text books. This particular CD worked by acting like what seemed like a web server that hosted ...
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Launch Task Manager as minimized to the tray on login

I want Task Manager to be opened and minimized to the tray every time I log in. The current way I have it is with Task Scheduler, which launches the command %windir\system32\cmd.exe /c start /min ...
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Is There A Way To Calculate Data In Task Manager?

Something takes a lot of RAM and i want to know what. I have list of running processes and need to know the sum of all of them because "In Use" does not help me to determine what takes most RAM: I ...
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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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Which process killed my process

One of my applications starts java.exe, but in between this 'java.exe' is killed by some other process. How can I know which process kills the java.exe. I am using Windows XP SP 2.
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Show dial up connection status in Task Manager

In Windows 8.1, Task Manager shows Wi-Fi, Disk, CPU usage graph in Performance tab. But, it doesn't shows usage of a dial up internet connection. How can I add dial up stats in task manager. Here are ...
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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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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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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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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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How to remove startup programs which are not listed in Add or Remove Program list?

I have two startup processes, which I'm not sure what they are for. Is it normal that a PC running Windows 8 has these two processes? They look quite suspicious as their publisher is not listed at ...
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Display Windows Task Manager memory usage in MB

Does anyome know any hack where we can modify to display memory usage in MB and not in kb in 'windows task manager's processes' Its not showstopeper but definately a thing I'll like to see.
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Windows 8 freezes when killing “Metro” apps

Often after I use certain Windows 8 (formerly "Metro") apps, usually about a day later, I notice a marked drop in available RAM over what I was expecting. Since I am running Virtual Machines that ...
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.exe files wont close with task manager or command prompt - Windows 7

This is happening with my video game DayZ StandAlone and Google Chrome Browser and a few other programs. But I will close the program normally and it will appear closed until I check Task Manager. (I ...
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How to catch who slows my mouse cursor?

Often I have such an effect, that my mouse cursor slows like it adheres to the surface of the screen. Mouse is optical and surface of the desk if perfect, so it cannot relate with ball dusting. Also, ...
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Strange processes in task manager (Network Restricted, No Impersonation, No Network)

I have strange entries in task manager. What can this mean? UPDATE For example, I have the following in regedit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Svchost What ...
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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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Network utilization column in windows 8 task manager not working

Network utilization column in windows 8 task manager not working; It always reporting 0% although it reports values for each app!
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Missing Image name in the task manager

Recently I face the following problem . When I open the visual studio (Design view ) .it has hanged up . I go to the task manager to check what's happened. I find two things : 1- Can't find the ...
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Why does Windows Explorer show up in task manager as “explorer.EXE”?

I’ve been noticing that Windows Explorer’s file name in the Task Manager, ends with .EXE instead of .exe. I decided to kill the process and restart Explorer. Now it shows up as explorer.exe, however ...
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On windows 7 - Set core Affinity on boot, Or bulk affinity/tasking tool? (Like a KsysGuard for windows)

Not even sure if its possible but: you know how you can set custom scheduling in Linux. → and sure, I can set affinity for Windows 7 Programs one @ a time. But do you know of a tool that would allow ...
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Can't change process priority in Windows 7

I need to use MATLAB in realtime, but when I go to the Task Manager and try to change it, it's giving me an error: Unable to set Realtime priority. The priority was set to High instead. I tried ...
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Task Manager, Process Explorer, or similar tool: monitoring and managing CLR threads

Is there a tool out there that allows to see managed threads as they are running in CLR? Ideally, I would like to see CPU load, state, managed name, and managed id, hopefully even if the thread ...
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Time planning software

I'm looking for some time planning software. I have simple but specific needs. I'd like to be able to track and plan work for about 10 people. They do certain type of task working on a couple of ...
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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 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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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 ...
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What might cause Windows Store to run in the background?

Why might the windows store app be running in the background of a computer that has never been online? The computer has only just had the OS loaded, there is nothing else on it. In task manager I ...
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Vmware Player refuses to show up

I have installed Vmware Player and everything was working fine until I restarted my computer. Vmware Player refuses to start (nothing shows up). I did a check in task manager and I remark that both ...
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Lost Physical Memory, Apparent Memory Leak

I was playing a game the other day, and I then shut it out and put the computer to sleep. I came back the next day and booted the game up, and it froze and unfroze about every 5 seconds. Normally, ...
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Windows Server 2012 does not return User status

When in the task manager of previous Windows Server versions you were able to see the status of user. For example the user was Active, Disconnected or... Today I saw that nothing is shown in Windows ...
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How to read the results of PsList?

I'm trying to use PsList from SysInternal to check the RAM used by running processes. The thing is I don't quite understand the results. For example, in the screenshot below, VBoxTray.exe is using ...
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Opening a wep page with Task Scheduler with username/password

I'd like to use task scheduler to open a chat page for a class to capture the chats. When I don't get home in time to open the chat at the beginning, I miss questions and answers until I am logged in. ...
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Starting a process for another logged on user

I wanted to know if it's possible to start a process for another user's session. For example. User1 and user2 are user accounts on a local machine which are currently logged on. Now I want to start a ...
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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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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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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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Windows 8 Task Manager is not getting correct current CPU speed

When I fully load my Core2 Duo E8400 CPU, Coretemp and CPU-Z both report (see red boxes) that my CPU is running at the full clock speed of 3.0 GHz. However, Task Manager (and Resource Monitor) reports ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Task manager shortcut not working on Windows 8

I have some problems with the Task Manager not always opening on Windows 8. I recently upgraded my pc from Windows 7 to Windows 8. And it seems that the Windows 8 Task Manager doesn't always pop up if ...
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Why is the clock speed readout greater than the maximum?

(click for full-size image) What is this madness? (I'm aware that the top number refers to the non-Turbo Boosted clock speed, but what of the others?)
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Task manager in windows XP

Can I change keyboard shortcut for task manager (CTRL+ALT+DEL) in Windodows XP with new sequence (like:A+B)
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Incorrect information in windows task manager

I was uploading some files so I decided to look at windows task manager to see what my network usage was. It seemed correct, but when I looked at the total bytes sent during uptime it said I had sent ...
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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: ...