The Windows Task Manager is a tool that shows you which programs, processes, and services are running on your computer. It also offers insight into how the PC is performing, and can help you clear up some issues with programs run amok. In the article below I cover task manger or how to use task manager for troubleshooting issues of a PC.
How to Use Task Manager For Troubleshooting Issues
To access the Task Manager, you can use the keyboard shortcut, you press ctrl + shift + esc. Now, if your fingers aren’t that limber, you can press the Windows and R key combination, win + r, to bring up the Run dialog box, and you can type in taskmgr, which does the same thing. If you just find your PC’s Task Manager window as dull as this one, click the More details button. The picture below is the proper Task Manager window.
The Processes tab lists programs running in Windows, these include apps or programs, as well as background processes. The background processes are related to services, which I’ll get into in a moment. You see details and statistics for each process.
For example, this is where you’d spot a program with a memory leak, or when the program is stuck and won’t quit, you want to quit it normally but it won’t go away, to quit that program click on the program and click End task button, then it sends the quit signal to the program to quit. When the program is stuck this is how you can quit the program.
The performance tab tells you how the PC is doing, you see statics and live updates for CPU or processor, memory, storage and network adapter. When you have noticed that the PC is running slowly, meanwhile you can see that the CPU activity is high, if so you can return to the processor tab and see the processor usage as shown in the picture below. That way you can find the programs that slowing down the system.
The app history tab displays the list of frequently used programs including information on each. If I sort the list by CPU time, the computer show which programs I have been using today and how much the computer’s resources these programs are consuming.
The startup tab lists the programs that starts when the windows is loaded or when you sign in into your account. These are also called background processes and the specific programs are shown on the processes tab. If you want to test any of these program to see whether or not, it’s causing problem, you can disable it by clicking on the specific programs and then click on Disable button. When you restart the PC then you will see that the windows is not loading that program. If the problem, you are experiencing stops then you know that the specific program was to blame. To enable the program, you can select the specific program and then click enable.
The user tab lists any other user signed into the system, for most PCs that’s only you, when anyone else was logged in or you switched any other’s user account, their name would appear on users list. To switch users, you can choose the user from the start menu. Choose any account name and then choose account from the list which is in windows button. This feature is not commonly used on any PC.
The details tab lists all the running programs and processes in the computer, everything including the windows own programs. For instance, in the picture below you can see the svchost.exe programs which does a lot of things for windows. For each thing it does, you see an entry for svchost. Most of these programs are listed in startup tab or processes tab.
Finally, the services tab lists options that control what windows does and how it behaves. The services themselves are run from various programs listed on details tab which are also related to other items shown in the task manager, actually everything is related but, in services tab you see individual duties. If you want to check the details and mass with them, select the specific service and click open services link.
Here the services management console lists services by name plus description. The list here is sorted alphabetically. The status tells you whether or not the services is running. The startup type tells you whether the service is started upon request, automatically or has been disabled.
In fact, about the only time you make adjustment is when you are directed to do so. For example, you might be directed to disable the services for troubleshooting purposes, otherwise you don’t need to disable or enable any services on you PC because it will affect your PC’s performance not in a good way. Press the Esc key to close the task manger window.