Task Manager overview

Task Manager provides information about programs and processes running on your computer. It also displays the most commonly used performance measures for processes.

You can use Task Manager to monitor key indicators of your computer's performance. You can see the status of the programs that are running and end programs that have stopped responding. You can also assess the activity of running processes using as many as fifteen parameters, and see graphs and data on CPU and memory usage.

In addition, if you are connected to a network, you can view network status and see how your network is functioning.

If you have more than one user connected to your computer, you can see who is connected, what they are working on, and you can send them a message.

Click one of the following for more information:

Programs that are running

The Applications tab shows the status of the programs running on your computer.

On this tab, you can end, switch to, or start a program.

Update Task Manager data

End a program with Task Manager

Start a new program

Switch to another program

Networking fields overview

Processes that are running

The Processes tab shows information about the processes running on your computer.

For example, you can display information on CPU and memory usage, page faults, handle count, and a number of other parameters.

Assign a process to a processor

Change the priority of a running program

End a process with Task Manager

Process counter column headings

Sort the list of processes

Specify process counter column headings

Performance measures

The Performance tab displays a dynamic overview of your computer's performance, including:

Graphs for CPU and memory usage.

Totals for the number of handles, threads, and processes running on your computer.

Totals, in kilobytes, for physical, kernel, and commit memory.

Update Task Manager data

Change display options in Task Manager

View your computer's performance

Performance fields overview

Process counter column headings

Viewing Network performance

The Networking tab displays a graphical representation of network performance. It provides a simple, qualitative indicator that shows the status of the network(s) that are running on your computer. The Networking tab is displayed only if a network card is present.

On this tab, you can view the quality and availability of your network connection, whether you are connected to one or more than one network.

Networking fields overview

View network connections

Monitoring Sessions

The Users tab displays users who can access this computer, and session status and names. Client Name specifies the name of the client computer using the session, if applicable. Session provides a name for you to use to perform such tasks as sending another user a message or connecting to another users session.

the Users tab is displayed only if the computer you are working on has Fast User Switching enabled, and is a member of a workgroup or is a standalone computer. The Users tab is unavailable on computers that are members of a network domain.

Users fields overview

View user activity



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