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Windows 8 Task Manager Usage Guide Manual

February 8, 2013 Comments Off

The Task Manager option in Windows 8 is nothing like it was in earlier Windows versions. From a slicker look to being more user-friendly, it is loaded with features. Windows 8 might entirely revolve around Metro, but Windows Explorer and Task Manager Utilities have been made better than ever before.

Task Manager has now the ability to operate startup programs, display IP address and you can now view the resource usage graphs. The new color-coding feature aids the user to see which processes are taking the most system resources in one look.

Task Manager

Run Task Manager

Accessing the Task Manager is the same as before. Use Ctrl-Alt-Del key combination no matter where you are in the Windows, and a link to access Task Manager will be displayed.

Task Manager Windows 8Alternatively, you can just right-click on the Taskbar and click ‘Task Manager’.Task Manager in Taskbar Right Click

Managing Processes in Task Manager

On the default interface settings of Task Manager, you may view and end any active application directly.  Both the Metro-style and Desktop apps can be managed this way.

Windows 8 AppsHit the ‘More details’ option and a window with further information will show. Resource-usage data is now color-coded, the more the intensity of the color the more resources are used.



Any application shown can be expanded further to see all its windows if it has more than one window displays.

Processes - windows

The processes are displayed into three categories – apps, background processes and Windows system processes.


If you are unsure about a running process in the list, right-click on the specific process and click “Search Online” to attain online information regarding that Task Manager process.

Processes - Search OnlineSystem Data

When you switch to Performance tab, you will see smooth graphs for system information. You can view more information by selecting any option at the right side of the window. Compared to the older version of Task Manager, this new one is loaded with details.

CPU Performance

Viewing system’s IP address is now a matter of just a click or two from Task Manager that used to be a lengthy search process in Control Panel.


Resource Monitor application option is still there and accessible through a click. It is still the same in Windows 8 but with more information than earlier Task Manager displayed.

Resource MonitorApp History

The Processes tab displays the current resource uptake by each process shown. For each Metro app, the CPU time consumed and network bandwidth utilized is listed in “App History” to let the user identify the resource keeps.

App HistoryStartup

The Startup tab, as the name suggests, lists the programs that start automatically as soon as you start your computer. New Task Manager has a way for users to easily disable the startup applications along with displaying a very useful measure of how much each particular application delays your startup so you can make a decision of which app you want to keep to Startup.


Next comes the Users tab. It divides your resource usage according to each user account. To view each user’s processes, just expand that user’s name.

UsersDetails & Services

You will recognize the Details tab as a developed version of the old Processes tab in earlier Windows versions. Application icons have been included but still the interface isn’t impressive. It provides advanced options not given in other tabs that include CPU affinity and process priorities. CPU affinity shows which CPU a process will use to run on in case you have more than CPU or a CPU with a number of cores.


Services tab has also been tidied up and now allows you to start any service again in a quicker way.

Services tab

To access advanced options not offered by the Task manager, click Open Services link to access the Services application.

Open Services

Task Manager has been totally transformed in terms of looks as well as options. It is fairly convenient for majority of users to manage their Startup programs easily.

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