Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/169823/beginner-geek-what-every-windows-user-needs-to-know-about-using-the-windows-task-manager/
The Windows Task Manager is an important tool for every Windows user. It can show you why your computer is slow and help you deal with misbehaving and resource-hungry programs, whether they’re draining CPU, RAM, disk, or network resources.
CTRL + ALT + DEL
The first shortcut I ever learned. When you grow up with a Windows XP machine, 128 MB RAM, and some random games disc, you tend to learn this kind of stuff.
EDIT: Looking at your task manager window, you got me Googling "Rdio".
EDIT 2: Not available in my country.... LOL. Nothing is.
I have yet to try Windows 8, however in Windows 7, when you open the task manager you are presented with a list of tasks for the default user - with the option to click on a box at the lower-left corner to "Show processes for all users."
Over at the Windows Seven Forums, they provide a nifty and easy method whereby you can create a shortcut to open the Task Manager in that elevated "all-users" window by default.
I have pinned my shortcut to the quick-launch bar and it works beautifully.
Task Manager - Create Elevated Shortcut
This will show you how to create a elevated Task Manager shortcut that will "run as an administrator" in Windows 7 when opened. It will open as if you clicked Show processes from all users in the default Task Manager.
Task Manager Shortcut
CCleaner is not the only option to access the startup options in Windows 7. Going old school and typing in "msconfig" at the start will provide access and allow you to change options for startup programs.
Is there a way to copy Windows 8 Task Manager to Windows 7?
If I copy Taskmgr.exe from 8 to 7, I get this message:
Windows cannot verify he digital signature for this file. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source.
are there any other files needed to run Windows 8 Task Manager?
The services column provides some neat information and identifies services that are starting automatically at boot, services that install themselves with various programs. Adobe and Google are examples since both will install a service--the Updater Service--that really doesn't need to run. I've noticed many other services like SuperAntispyware. Since I am using the free service, there is no need for the core to run until I scan
The services, of course, need to be reset in the Administrative Tools section (msconfig, too); rather than "disable" the unwanted ones, I choose "manual." Sometimes, the service needs to be completely "disabled." Rather an odd situation when that happens because when I do need to run the program, it will run--disabled.
Why is Linux so "easy"? It seems I can set it up once and never bother with the system again. Thinking . . .
Something that it took me a while to find out was that Ctrl-Alt-Del pulls up a menu that allows you to start task manager. I virtually never use that combo to reboot so didn't know that. It is important to know if Windows Explorer ever crashes on you and you can't get the task bar, or anything else, to pop up to interact with. From the Task Manager "Applications" tab you can restart explorer using "New Task" and typing "explorer" in the dialog.