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Task Manager In Windows 8

By Aman Singhal on Sep 14, 2012
In this article I have described how to use the new Task Manager in Windows 8.

Use the New Task Manager in Windows 8

In this article we are explaining how to use the new Task Manager in Windows 8. The Task Manager in Windows 8 has been completely overhauled. The Task Manager now provides many facilities. It's slicker, an easy process to use, can be used to check performance, startup programs and to show IP address and display slick resource usage graphs; see:


Step 1

First we open the Windows 8 start screen.


Step 2

When we open the Task Manager then we press Ctrl-Alt-Delete from anywhere on the Windows 8 start screen.


Step 3

Another thing is that we can also right-click the taskbar and select "Task Manager" in the Windows 8 Desktop.


Step 4

The Task Manager shows in our Desktop.


Step 5

Then we click the More details tab in the Task Manager and use more resources used.


Step 6

We can expand an app to see its windows, if the app has multiple windows.


Step 7

The Task Manager processor is divided into three parts first one is apps, second is background processes and the third is Windows processes.


Step 8

If we're not sure what a processes is, we can right-click it and select "Search online" to search for it in our default search engine.


Step 9

After this process, we click the Performance tab and show a slick graph of our system information and see more information.


Step 10

If we want to see our system's IP address without using the Control Panel, then we click Ethernet on the Task Manager. Previoulsy that required many clicks.


Step 11

Then we open the Resource Monitor.


Step 12

When we open the Resource Monitor application then we click the Network tab. It shows even more information than the Task Manager does.


Step 13

The "App history" tab shows how much CPU time and network bandwidth each Metro app has used, so we can identify the resource hogs.


Step 14

The Startup tab shows the applications that automatically start with our computer. Windows finally has a way to easily disable startup programs. Windows also measures just how long each application is delaying our startup, so we can make informed decisions.


Step 15

The Users shows our system user account name.


Step 16

The details tab is used to set the priority of the processor.


Step 17

The Services tab has been prettied up and now includes an option to quickly restart services.


Step 18

We can click the Open Services link to use the Services application, which contains the advanced options you won't find in the old Task Manager.


The new Task Manager is a huge step up, both in features and presentation. It's particularly exciting that average users finally have a way to manage their automatically starting programs.

Aman Singhal
Aman Singhal

Aman Singhal is a software developer working with Microsoft technologies including .NET, Windows 8, ASP.NET and Windows Store apps.



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