Windows Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 5.62, by Dr. Herong Yang
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.
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