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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Why are there multiple Chrome instances running even though I only have one window (only one tab) open? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Multiple chrome.exe in Task Manager In Windows Task Manager it seems that I have multiple Chrome processes running, even though I only have one Chrome window open. How ...
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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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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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How do I get back the old Task Manager (from Windows 7) in Windows 10?

There are some improvements in Windows 10 in Task Manager, but they also removed really nice stuff. For example, in the the old Task Manager you could sort the running applications by their path. ...
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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 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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How do I open the Windows Task Manager during a Remote Desktop session?

When I press Ctrl-Alt-Delete I can only open the Task Manager for the local PC. Is there some simple way to open the Task Manager on the remote PC while running Remote Desktop from one Windows XP ...
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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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Why does the windows 8 task manager seem to freeze?

Several times I've seen the task manager appear frozen in Windows 8. It doesn't update, and generally shows double-digit CPU usage. Closing it and reopening it doesn't usually help, but rebooting ...
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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 do priorities work on task-manager and when should/n't I set this?

I've been setting some processes priority in order to see what it actually happens, but, guess what... Nothing; it all runs the same way... I found on Google that priorities are not really linked ...
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Windows 8 task manager: single-core CPU graph only?

On multi-core CPU systems, Windows 7's task manager used to display a separate utilization graph for each core unit: On Windows 8 the task manager looks much fancier, and yet it shows a single ...
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What is the “Analyze Wait Chain” in Task Manager?

In Windows 8's Task Manager under the "Details" tab there is a detailed list of every running process in the system. In the context menu of every process, there is a new menu item called "Analyze ...
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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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What is the RuntimeBroker.exe process in Windows 8?

I was looking through my Task Manager today and saw something called Runtime Broker running: I've never seen this in previous versions of Windows. What is it? What does it do?
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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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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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Why doesn't prioritizing processes produce a speed improvement?

I have got 2 applications that are both using a lot of system resources. When I decrease the priority of one in Task Manager, while increasing the other, I don't notice any significant improvement in ...
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How can I determine what process a window belongs to?

Every time I start up windows vista lately, I see a random floating window. It is a tiny little window with no title, and only the resize, maximize and restore buttons. I'd post an image, but I don't ...
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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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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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“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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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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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 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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PID number in Task Manager can't be found

i tried running netstat -o to check what are the connections which are established. I saw two and they have PID numbers. When I checked it in my Task Manager, I couldn't find those PID numbers. Is ...
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How to set “Process Priority” and “Process Affinity” on Windows 8?

On Windows 7 everything we must do to set "Process Priority"(to Low \ Below Normal \ Normal \ Above Normal \ High \ Realtime) or to set "Process Affinity"(to choose wich processor core would run ...
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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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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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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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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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How to remove dead items from the Startup tab in Task Manager?

I have a couple of programs in the Startup tab, that after being uninstalled remained there. In this picture you can see Switcher, which used to launch on startup, remains in the tab after being ...
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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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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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What advantages does Ending Task have over Ending Process?

From what I know, everytime we want to stop an app (or a frozen app), we will go TaskManager, select the app, Go to Process and terminate the process. "Ending Process" is preferred over "Ending Task" ...
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Service Host: Local system (network restricted) is thrashing hard disk

I am having windows 8.1 with update 1 installed and all release updates of windows till the date i am posting this questions. System is laptop, Core i3 with 6 GB RAM and 500GB hard disk. When ever i ...
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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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Why do Resource Monitor and Task Manager's total RAM usage not even remotely add up to the total Physical Memory usage? [duplicate]

I have noticed this on many different Windows machine, on many different occasions: the RAM usage reported by Task Manager or Resource Monitor often seems to add up to an amount which is significantly ...
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run 32-bit task manager in windows 7 64-bit

I read in this answer that Windows 7 has two versions of the task manager, one being 64-bit and the other being 32-bit. How do I go about running this 32 bit version of the task manager in Windows 7 ...
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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 do I know when to upgrade RAM in Vista?

Task Manager: XP on the left, Vista on the right. On XP, I would check to see if Peak Commit Charge was approaching Total Physical Memory. When Peak exceeded Total during normal usage, the page ...
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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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Kill process after it's been allowed to run for some time

I want to limit the time a grep process command is allowed to run or be alive. For example. I want to perform the following: grep -qsRw -m1 "parameter" /var But before running the grep command I ...
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Confused about Windows 7 64-bit page file with SSD

I followed this advice to get Windows to use more RAM and less paging. To be honest, I'm a total noob to all this page file stuff. I've always just assumed that Windows was using the 8 GB of ram I ...
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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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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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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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Can Task Manager show the total memory usage for a group of processes?

Some applications like Google Chrome and TweetDeck show up as several processes in Windows Task Manager. This means that the memory reported in each row is only part of the overall amount used by ...
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Microsoft Security Essentials & MsMpEng.exe hogging resources

I've been using MSE for a couple months now, never had a single problem. All of a sudden the process "MsMpEng.exe" will randomly go crazy and hog all my system resources so I can't do anything unless ...