What Is Windows Task Manger?

This section provides a quick description of what is a Windows Task Manager.

Windows Task Manager is a simple but very useful administration tool for monitoring and managing Windows system performance.

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.

There are 4 functional tabs in Windows Task Manager:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 user's 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.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

 Introduction to Windows Explorer

 Introduction to Internet Explorer

 "Paint" Program and Computer Graphics

 GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

 JPEG Image File Format Quality and Size

 GIF Image File Format and Transparent Background

 "WinZip" - ZIP File Compression Tool

 "WinRAR" - RAR and ZIP File Compression Tool

 FTP Server, Client and Commands

 "FileZilla" - Free FTP Client and Server

 Web Server Log Files and Analysis Tool - "Analog"

 Spyware Adware Detection and Removal

 IE Addon Program Listing and Removal

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Setting Up and Using Crossover Cable Network

 Home Network Gateway - DSL Modem/Wireless Router

Windows Task Manager - The System Performance Tool

What Is Windows Task Manger?

 Starting Windows Task Manger and Using Applications Tab

 Using the Processes Tab

 Ending a Running Process

 Using the Performance Tab

 "tasklist" Command Line Tool to List Process Information

 "msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

 Configuring and Managing System Services

 Windows Registry Key and Value Management Tools

 Startup Programs Removal for Better System Performance

 Winsock - Windows Sockets API

 Java on Windows

 Glossary of Terms

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version