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. So you can easily locate an application (by 'Program Files', 'WINDOWS', etc. folder).

So, how do I get back the old Task Manager?

  • I had a situation on Win8.1 where it opened the old style task manager when I was very low on RAM, haven't been able to reproduce this – chrki Oct 16 '15 at 14:39
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    I expanded and copied taskmgr.exe from a Windows NT 4 CD I had laying around. Works just fine. – user530873 Oct 17 '15 at 4:06
  • I copied mine from Win7 32 bit in Win 10 64 and won't work. – Gravity Oct 17 '15 at 15:41
  • Excellent answer @magicandre1981. Check out WinAero.com. It has some other really nice tools also! – Gravity Oct 18 '15 at 9:58
  • Looks like A LOT of people HATE the new Win 10 GUI! – Gravity Oct 20 '15 at 10:06

The old Taskmgr is still part of Windows 8/10. It is part of the WinPE which is stored in the boot.wim on the DVD.

Winaero extracted the old Taskmgr and provides it in a download:

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    While I agree that the other answers are more useful, this is the only one that actually answers the question. – ComicSansMS Oct 17 '15 at 17:22
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    Excellent answer @magicandre1981. I really really like WinAero.com tools! – Gravity Oct 18 '15 at 10:01

I cannot find any functionality that is in the Windows 7 task manager that is not in the Windows 8/8.1/10 task manager.

There are some differences with naming though:

  • The "applications" tab is now called "Processes".
  • The "Processes" tab is now called "Details" (and moved almost to the end), and I could enable more columns to sort by, just like the old one.
  • The "Performance" and "Networking" tab are both in the new "Performance" tab.
  • Two new tabs ("App history" and "Startup") have appeared.

Also, I don't think I have to tell you this since you mentioned improvements (and without doing this I wouldn't really call the new task manager improved), but I'm going to do it anyway just in case: Don't forget to click the "More details" button at the bottom if you don't see any tabs at all ;)

To answer the specific question about how to sort by path:

  1. Right-click the column-headers, and select "Select columns":

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  1. Select "Image path name":

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  • Ahh they moved the Select out of View and stuck in on the column headers... Nice! – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 16 '15 at 13:19
  • I found one. I suspect the answer would be to copy taskman.exe over from Windows 7. – Joshua Oct 16 '15 at 22:09
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    Looks like a lot of other people consider the old task manager better. This guy has a list of 14 good reasons to get the old Task Manager back: winaero.com/blog/get-classic-old-task-manager-in-windows-10 – Gravity Oct 17 '15 at 21:27
  • Old task manager did rememer the columns you selected, the new one does not. – Daddy32 Nov 25 '16 at 13:23
  • The main point for me is that sometimes, when my system is unresponsive, opening the new task manager takes significantly longer, and sometimes it's just a white box that's not responding... – Cherona Dec 18 '20 at 14:53

If you are truly unsatisfied with Windows' Task Manager (for any version/reason) then as an alternative I'd suggest using the well trusted Process Explorer from Microsoft.


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    While process explorer is very good, IMHO it's overkill to replace task manager. Processed Explorer has so much information and advanced features that it's best suited for trouble shooting, not quick killing a non responsive task. – SilentVoid Oct 16 '15 at 14:11
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    @CryptoMin While I get your point, if all the OP wanted was to quick kill processes (which is not what they asked for, or said), then Task Manger could easily be considered overkill too. What you may consider "overkill" may be what someone else considers "good options to have". ;) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 16 '15 at 14:17
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    Options->Replace Task Manager – crazypotato Oct 16 '15 at 19:13
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    @frosty sounds like process explorer and "find window's process" would do exactly what you want. – Martin Smith Oct 16 '15 at 21:39
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    I'd also recommend you to take a look at a Process Hacker - similar open-source utility. – ForNeVeR Oct 19 '15 at 4:56

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