In-Depth Look At The Windows 8 Task Manager

Here’s how to do more with the new and improved Windows 8 Task Manager.

Windows 8 task manager

The Classic View And The Detailed View Within The New Windows 8 Task Manager

The new task manager retains all the advanced details that advanced users loved about the older task manager and adds a new simpler view for the average users to understand what is going on. To go to the advanced view, all you have to do is click a single button.

Once you have arrived at the advanced view, you will get a quick overview of memory, processor and network usage of each process that is running. Processes will be grouped to help you understand which process is running under what. So if application X is running 3 processes, then they will be in a nested list under ‘Application X’.

The task manager can either kill a process or restart it. Only some processes can be restarted, like the Explorer. By restarting it, task manager is automatically killing the process and then starting it again.

The Performance And The App History Tabs

Once you switch to the performance tab, you will see information about how your local resources are being consumed. This includes CPU (processor) and memory (RAM) usage along with Disk and wireless, Ethernet network usages. For more advanced users, these metrics allow then to fine-tune their system to get more performance out.

The app history tab is a very helpful tab that shows which apps you have been using the most and how much resources they consume. This allows you to understand which application might be slowing your system down at one glance.

The Start Up Tab

The Start Up tab shows you what apps and processes will be automatically started at system login. This was previously only accessible through the ‘msconfig.exe’ utility that could be evoked through the ‘run’ utility in Windows XP, Vista and 7. You can speed up boot times by only enabling important processes to be loaded at boot and disabling the rest. Once you select an, you can disable it by clicking on the disable button on the lower right corner.

The rest three tabs (Users, Details and Services) are more or less the same the same as they were in Windows 7.

Published: Thursday, October 27th, 2011 Last Modified: October 27, 2011

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