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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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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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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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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Computer goes super-sluggish but Task Manager shows no CPU usage

At times, for instance after running a resource-intensive program, my normally quite stable Windows7 PC becomes virtually unresponsive for as long as a couple of minutes. Even changing directory in ...
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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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Running applications dissappeared from windows tray (shows up in task manager)

I am talking about applications that are minimized to system tray (notification area) in Windows. Many a times I find that although Windows Task Manager > Processes show my application, I cannot ...
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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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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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Why is csrss.exe running 169 times?

When I noticed that opening many tabs (10 to 20) in Google Chrome took an increased time with every new one I looked into Process Hacker and discovered 169 csrss.exe processes. I've never seen that ...
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Mystery processes maxing CPU Usage

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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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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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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Windows 7 hangs on simple explorer tasks, even task manager freezes

I'm currently on a Toshiba Satellite with i7 processor. It fas worked fine so far until one day it has slowed down to a crippling speed. Many simple tasks like searching, showing the popup of the ...
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Processor utilization percentage for multiple, multicore processors

I have a Windows Server 2008 machine with two processors: Intel Xeon CPU E5630 @2.53Ghz, 2533Mhz, 4 Cores, 8 Logical Processors Intel Xeon CPU E5630 @2.53Ghz, 2533Mhz, 4 Cores, 8 Logical ...
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Closing Windows Media Player, after hanging, with the task manager caused PC to hang

If I'm not mistaken, this topic has not yet been addressed elsewhere. The situation is as follows: Occasionally, Windows Media Player freezes and I have to close it using the Task Manager. After ...
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csrss.exe runs out of control

It runs regularly at about 7,000k and maybe a flicker of 5% CPU, but every couple of days it goes nuts and shoots up to 200,000k of memory usage and about 50% or more of CPU. A reboot fixes the issue ...
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DTaskManager Runtime '5' error?

I really enjoy using DTaskManager as an alternative to Windows TaskManager, but recently I've been getting Runtime Error '5' messages. It looks like DTaskManager was programmed in Visual Basic 6, but ...
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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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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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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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Lots of processes going on of the same “DownloadAD (32 bits)”

When I open up task manager it is always a lot of processes with the label "DownloadAD (32 bits)". I know it is HPs own software for finger print logins and stuff so I need the Program. I can remove ...
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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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Why does systeminfo's boot time not add up with idle process's CPU time

It's currently 21:02 on the 25th September 2013. If I enter systeminfo on my laptop, the boot time shows as System Boot Time: 25/09/2013, 04:12:17 First of all, I was asleep at that time, ...
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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: ...