Windows Task Manager


Windows Task Manager is a software application found in MS Windows NT family of operating system such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000 and Windows 7, etc. It provides brief information about system throughput and response time and allows users to view each of the tasks running on the system and each of the processes, CPU usage, memory information, network activity and statistics. In addition, it can also be used to set process priorities, forcibly terminate processes, processor affinity and shut down, hibernate, restart or log off from Windows.

Launching Task Manager

The Task Manager can be run using the following methods:

  • Using the key combination of Ctrl+Shift+Esc or Ctrl+Alt+Del
  • Starting taskmgr.exe from a command line
  • Using the context menu on the taskbar and choosing Task Manager
  • In Windows NT, Windows XP and Windows 2000, the key combination of Ctrl+Alt+Del opens the Windows Security dialog, upon which the user can then click on “Task Manager” to start Task Manager
  • In Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows Vista, pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc directly launches Task Manager

List of tabs in Task Manager

  • Applications: This tab is included with all versions of Windows except Windows 8. All application programs running in system can be viewed using this application tab. Most users visit this tab to kill program when computer has froze or you need to end Task a program.
  • Processes: This tab shows all Windows processes and currently running on the computer. You can kill unwanted process is running background and can reduce system resource consumption.
  • Services: This tab is included in all versions of Windows and it shows all services currently running on the computer.
  • Performances: This tab displays a graph how system resource is utilizing, such as CPU usage, memory usage etc.
  • Networking :  The Networking tab shows all network traffic happening on the computer this will include any LAN or Wireless networking traffic.
  • Users: This tab displays users who are logged into the system including their status, session and client name.
  • Details: This tab introduced in Windows 8 that gives full detail of processes running in system
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