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Task Manager - Processes & Users Tab empty

I have Windows 10 1903 and it's some time that if I open the Task Manager, the Processes and Users tab are empty. After trying to reboot the system, I found out that immediately after the reboot, the ...
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What can cause a process to be run in Windows 10's Session 0?

For my project, I have a GUI executable kick off a number of background processes that all communicate with each other to partition data processing. Recently, I copied over the GUI to another machine, ...
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Phantom start-up program

I opened up Task Manager this morning to find a nameless program listed in the Start-Up Programs.   I am also unable to locate it by right clicking on it: How can I find out what this is? I ...
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Why some startup programs show up with wmic command but not in Task manager?

So i just checked both the result of wmic startup list brief and the startup tab in task manager, and some of the things that start do not show up in the task manager (some are only for my user and ...
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Window glitches when maximized with Task Manger

When I go into Task Manager and select Maximize on a window that can't be, (like the run dialog) the window will act like it can be maximized and will probably look weird. This seems to happen on ...
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How to find the culprit that freeze windows 10 when task manager is also frozen (till windows unfreezes)?

When windows 10 freezes, task manager also freeze until windows become responsive. Since the task manager opens only when the problem is gone, I can't count on it to find what freezes the computer. ...
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How to limit the maximum CPU resources for a specific process?

I've googled and found this blog but when I try to repeat the steps, I see that my context menu doesn't have the options to limit a process. I restarted Task Manager as admin but it didn't make any ...
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How can I see all my processes eating CPU? [duplicate]

I am running computations on my Win 10 computer and suddenly 100% CPU is taken with some hidden processes here! Just look at the below screenshot of Task Manager (sorry Czech localization). There must ...
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Command Line Column in Task Manager

I try to detect what one of many similar by name tasks gets very high memory use. I add to view column "Command line" in Task Manager, but this column is blank for these tasks. How can I get command ...
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Adding programmes to Windows 10 startup through Task manager

I am well aware that when I want to make a programme run on startup under Windows, I am supposed to add a shortcut to the following folder: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start ...
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Windows 10 pro task manager show Very High on power usage on unity editor, How can I Fix it?

The Unity editor was not responding; I had to shut it down the edn task from the task manager. How may I troubleshoot why it consumes so much power and why it went unresponsive? Very high power usage ...
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Why is Task Manager's Network Usage off by about 50%?

This is an interesting thing I've noticed since my internet upgrade (up to 100MBit/s downstream) and I'm not really sure what exactly is happening here – which boggles me. :) This discrepancy seems to ...
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How to log application internet usage? [duplicate]

We can monitor a specific application or process on task manager. However I didn’t find a way that I can record that usage over time, for example, over a month period.
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WIndows Server 2016 - Disk and Network columns are greyed on Task Manager

I need to enable columns disk and network on Server 2016 Standard. Screenshot Task Manager
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How to make Taskmgr.exe on Windows 10 always start with priority “higher”

Prior to Windows 10 the Taskmanager (taskmgr.exe) was automatically started with priority "higher" - which totally makes sense if you want to kill an application that runs amok (and that usually has ...
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What's the link between a WMI using application and the WMIPrvSE.exe process?

Good morning, This is already my third question on this site concerning WMI, hereby the links to my first question and my second question. One of my customers is experiencing a problem, related to ...
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How to find cpu usage as shown in taskmanager using performance monitor

I want to know the CPU usage of a process(given its PID) as shown in the task manager, using performance monitor, as I have to benchmark the performance of the process. This page shows that %Processor ...
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start /affinity parameter not work on ffmpeg in some situation

I want to use start /affinity to reduce cpu usage of ffmpeg, but it doesn't work in some situation. This will work: start /low /affinity 1F ffmpeg -i a.mp4 b.mkv This will not work: start /low /...
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What does the leaf symbol in the status column of the task manager mean?

I noticed there is a status column in Windows 10s task manager where some processes have a symbol that looks like a leaf. I have no idea what the symbol could mean. There is no tool tip describing the ...
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Why some processes cannot change CPU priority?

I'm on older machine and setting priority to Above Normal or High helps to improve performance for certain applications. Like e.g. for games. I use System Explorer to set priority and set to ...
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replicate Task Manager into powershell output

I am new in windows powershell. I want to replicate task manager Process GUI information into excel continuously for every 5 min. Can it be possible ?
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Process ram use counting for more than it should be (*not* another post about why a lot of ram is always being used)

I am experiencing something strange regarding RAM usage in Windows 10 64-bit. Currently my task manager is listing the 917 MB of RAM being used by my internet browser as 40% of my total installed RAM ...
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My laptop is extremely slow and HDD is always 100% engaged in Task Manager

I have been searching for a solution for a while and read many discussions on the issue, including two threads on SuperUser: Laptop's disk usage is always 100% and freezes after few seconds ...
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How to see usage of each core in Windows 10?

The Performance tab of the Task Manger shows this: i.e. the CPU usage, and the number of cores (and logical cores) I have available. Can I get a graph like this for each core, to see whether ...
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Disk usage spikes to 100% & Transfer speeds drop to 0 then computer locks up whenever doing a file transfer

I've done a bit of searching but haven't been able to figure out what I can do that works. My HDD seems to be on the fritz so I am trying to backup my emails (2GB) to an external drive so I can swap ...
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GPU usage oscillates every 1-2 sec when running VR program

I have a Alienware Windows computer running this virtual reality software called High Fidelity (HF). For academic research, we're using this program to allow multiple people to occupy the same virtual ...
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How does Task Manager differentiate “Windows Processes” in Win10

I have a number of shell extensions for various development projects, and they tend to cause a lot of issues with Windows Explorer. By far the most common is that the Start Menu won't pop up when ...
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Is my internet traffic going through (3rd party) VPN in Windows10?

When I use a third party VPN program in windows it should use all the bandwidth according to the task manager right? (Or at least should be the only one using any bandwidth) But if another program ...
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How to prevent access to chrome's task manager

Hi so in order to prevent extensions from being killed I'm trying to figure out how to prevent access to chrome's task manager. I am well aware people have asked this before on superuser, but there ...
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Lower I/O and Memory priority from command line

There's an option in Process Explorer Set Priority > Background (Low I/O and Memory Priority) which isn't available in the default Task Manager. How to set this from command line?
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How to find Skype in Windows automatic startup

I'm currently trying to rid a Windows 10 computer of all unnecessary automatic startup programs, because it had problems with being terribly slow even without starting any programs manually. One such ...
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Task Manager shows high power usage while gaming

I turned on my computer today and all of a sudden my power usage was spiking for everything. Not just in games but when i open task manager and watch videos... I have never seen this happen on my ...
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How can I stop background process in Windows 10 which I don't know the name?

I have deleted exe file of that process,so every time the service runs in background,it can't get that file. How can I stop this service which I have no idea the name? The path it's showing is "C:\...
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how to close and start a program from cmd in Windows XP?

I've been trying cmd commands such as "taskkill" on Windows XP and apparently they don't exist. I'd like to be able to close and open a program from the cmd because I need to connect to the Windows ...
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How is memory usage calculated in Task Manager in Windows 10?

This is a screenshot of Task Manager of Windows 10 on my laptop (Intel Haswell Core i7, 16 GB RAM). It shows 3.6 GB on the left side, but on the right side none of the values read 3.6 GB. I can only ...
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How do I change the GPU graph that Windows Task Manager shows on the left side?

Windows 10 Task Manager shows the 3D engine graph for my GPUs on the left side panel. How do I make it show a different GPU engine, like the Compute_0 engine, as expressed in the image below?
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Windows 10 - no Startup folder in Task Manager [duplicate]

I am trying to disable several application from auto starting after restarting computer. However - can not see Startup folder in Task Manager: Where to find it / how to enable it?
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Find out what is being cached in memory by Windows

Windows maintains a memory cache of frequently accessed items: Is it possible to view the cache? Can I see what files and what portion of each file are being cached?
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How to Prevent Disabling Programs on Startup (Windows)

I am currently making a program to give my children time when opening a computer. So my children can only turn on the computer for 5 hours per day. The program that I created has been entered into ...
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Why does the GPU usage in Windows 10 Task Manager not sum up to 100%?

Looking at the task manager, Arma 3 is using nearly 100% of the GPU yet somehow Nvidia gets another 10% squezeed in.
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SYSMON.EXE is taking almost half of CPU. Is it virus? //SOLVED

This happened after installing Visual Studio 2017. Searched everywhere and to no avail here I am. From Task Manager when I visit the location. It takes to TEMP folder and the whole size is about ...
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How to prevent a process from being disabled?

Within Task Manager we can disable and enable tasks and programs on Startup. Is it possible to disable that function for custom apps/programs? I was toying with Task Scheduler to test if the EVENT ...
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How to find out how a program started on Windows

From what I have understood after researching on Google, there are two ways of how a program can start on Windows: Manual (The user doubled clicked on the executable or shortcut file of the program) ...
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export Windows 10 task manager APP history to the txt file

The new windows 10 feature - app history is amazing but i can't get the details in text format, may be it can be done with powershell or other way?
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Windows 7: Why is there a Task Manager CPU usage discrepancy?

On a Windows 7 computer, Task Manager shows 0 CPU being used by each process in the Processes tab. Yet in the Performance tab, CPU Usage and CPU Usage History both show use over 20%. Why is there a ...
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KDE Plasma how to hide second task manager

I just installed debian with KDE plasma. The weird thing is that my screen shows a task manager at the bottom as well at the top. Of course I don't need two task managers.. but I cannot find any way ...
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how to close a specific instance of a process using nircmd?

I have been using the following command to try closing the notepad file "temp.txt" opened on the windows. nircmd win close title "temp.txt" But this command seems not to work. If I try the below ...
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Task manager not ending process

As of late I've been unable to end the process for SoulseekQt. The task manager isn't "killing it" nor is taskkill /f /im. When I try the latter I get the following: "Error: The process “...
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Is there a way of modifying Task Manager's CPU up-time?

I want to set it to something crazy like 1 month. Is there a way to do this in Windows 10? Like a memory hack or something.
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What does it mean 100% disk usage in Task Manager? [duplicate]

I see the following picture in Task Manager about my Drive C: As you see, active is 100% most of the time, while disk transfer rate is relatively low and below 10 Mb/s. How to understand this? What ...