How to open task manager in Windows

Task manager is a windows utility that is used to manage and monitor Windows Performance in many respects. Task manager is not an additional feature of windows – it is rather inbuilt into the windows operating system. Task Manager came into scene with Windows 2000 and became famous with Windows XP operating system.

Task manager can be opened in windows by 4 methods.

1. Through command console or CMD.exe – This is the most complex method of opening task manager in respect to other methods.

Go to your command console and type taskmgr.exe

2. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard – This is the easiest method to start task manager. This method works in almost all Windows Operating System.

3. Right click your windows task bar and click Task Manager Option

4. Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete – This option will open task manager directly if using windows xp or other client operating system but will show another dialogue box if using server edition where you will have to specifically click “Task Manager”.

How to Start a New Process in Task Manager

Windows Task Manager includes a functionality to start a new process or application. Well this can also be done straight away from Windows Start Menu but many times where your system is hanged or freezed, you don’t have the luxury of Windows run dialogue box. In such a scenario windows task manager can help you opening new processes.

Below is a tutorial how to start a new process in task manager:-

1. Open Task manager and go the “Applications Tab” and click the “New Task” button –

2. After click the “New Task” button you will get a “Create a new task dialogue” box similar to run dialogue box.

3. Type the command of the process you want to start and that’s it.

How to kill a process in Task Manager?

In this tutorial we will find and kill a process in task manager. First we will need to open a process or application. For the purpose of our tutorial we will start a new process of notepad. To do so – just open notepad in windows

After opening the notepad process now we will find the process in the task manager. To do so you will need to and click on Process Tab and in the process tab you will find a process “notepad.exe”

Now all you need to kill or stop notepad.exe process is to right click it and press “End Process”

And that’s it – now you have successfully ended your notepad process.

How to stop system idle process?

System idle process is basically something that is used to fool the CPU. Every CPU needs a thread to execute and when it does not have any threads to execute it moves its focus on System idle process.

Many times you will notice that the system idle process in task manager is using a lot of system resources around 99 or some 100 percent. But you don’t need to worry for this, because this is how windows operating systems work. Whether you are using windows xp, vista, 7 or server edition, this is a fact that whenever your system’s CPU is free it will automatically select system idle process as the thread it should execute.

What is End Process Tree in Task Manager

A process tree is the collection of processes generally associates with a single application. All the processes of the application or program can be closed by the process tree option in the task manager console of Windows operating system.

To close a process tree – open task manager –> go to the “Processes Tab” –> right click any process of a process tree which you want to close –> select “End Process Tree”.

You can use this option any time when you want to close the application at once. Lets take the example of an antivirus. An Antivirus has a lot of functions inbuilt like anti virus, anti spyware, anti spam etc. Suppose your antivirus software hanged, you wont be left with many option rather than killing the antivirus process itself. But if the antivirus is running different tasks in different processes, you wont be able to kill the antivirus process at once unless you use “End Process Tree” option.

How to switch tasks in windows through Task Manager

Suppose you are working on multiple application or tasks at once and you are currently using task manager for some troubleshooting purpose. Now you want to bring those tasks in front, so that you can get the complete information about the task or program that you are troubleshooting. You can accomplish this goat by switching tasks.

This is a tutorial that will teach you, how you can switch tasks in task manager. Open Task manager –> go to the “Applications Tab” –> Right click the application that you want to switch to and click “Switch To”.

Although you can also use “Bring To Front” option. The only difference is that with the later option your task manager console will keep running but with the former option your task manger console will be minimized.

Unable to stop a process in Task Manager

Are you unable to stop or kill a process in task managerin windows. Well this is almost impossible that anyone is not able to stop a process in task manager. But there are 2 exceptions to this.

1. Your system has virus -Yes this could be one of the reason why your system is not allowing to to kill a process in task manager. Almost all the versions of Windows, whether windows xp, vista, 7 or server edition, ship with some kind of security software but you should not completely rely on them and you should install an antivirus in your system.

2. You are trying to stop a critical system process.

Some processes in windows are extremely critical to the run time of windows. You can not end a critical system process in windows. And if some how you are able to do it, your windows operating system will crash immediately.

Although there could be other reasons to that may not be allowing you to stop a process in task manager but believe me the above defined ones are most prominent.

Setting Task Manager Priority – Tutorial

You can set priority for a process in task manager which will let your windows operating system know, which task should be performed earlier than others. Setting process or application priority is not necessary when working with windows because windows automatically detects which process should be assigned best priority. But sometimes it is necessary for the system administrator to assign a priority manually.

Suppose you are running 2 processes at the same time for example virus scanning plus disk defragmentation. Although running these 2 processes at the same time is not recommended because both of them require a lot of system resources irrespective of the operating system that you are using(Windows XP, Vista, 7, server). Now suppose you want to dedicate more system resources for virus scanning rather than defragmentation. In this scenario you can assign higher priority to virus scanning that will let virus scanning use more system resources and finish quickly.

To set the priority in the task manager follow steps given below.

1. Open task manager and right click the process you want to assign more priority(for our example we have chosen notepad.exe)


2. Move your mouse over set priority and select the priority you want to set.

Why Task Manager is showing multiple CPU cores

Some times you may see a task manager displaying multiple CPU cores in its performance console. This can give you an illusion that you have 2 or 4 or 8 CPU in the motherboard. This could be possible if you are working on a server. But if you are working on a client computer then the reason could be “Multiple CPU cores”.

A CPU can contain multiple CPU cores. Like Pentium Dual Core may contain 2 cores and quard may contain 4 cores and xeon may have 8 or more cores. Each of these cores work as a separate CPU and are displayed in task manager as a separate processors.

How to autohide windows task manager

By default the task manager is displayed on the top of all windows that are currently open and running in your windows operating system. Whenever you try to perform any task in the consoles other than task manager, you have to minimize or close task manager in order to view the background console properly. This is because the default configuration of task manager in windows is to be displayed on the top of all windows.

To disable this configuration follow the following step:-

Open task manager –> Select “Options” from the menu –> uncheck “Always on Top” option.

Task Manager is Hanging or Freezing in Windows

Many times you may face the problem of task manager hanging, freezing or taking long time to open in windows. Lets discuss why you face this problem and how you can troubleshoot it.

Cause – Task manager can hang if your computer resources are being utilized at the fullest. Suppose your computer supports 512 MB of RAM and you are running a lot of applications at the same time and that too in windows vista. This may cause your system to hang or freeze when you run task manager. CPU and memory over usage are the main cause why task manager actually hangs your system. Virus can also be a problem if your system is hanging too much, but when only task manager is hanging the computer, the chance that your system is being freezed by virus is less.

Solution – As discussed earlier that a computer running windows operating system either XP or Vista or 7 or server edition or linux (oops) may hang when opening task manager because of the extensive use of resources. You must try to either reduce the resource over usage or you must try to increase system resources.

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