Using Task Manager.docx

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Startup 11:38-13:12 Another tab that's provided in Task Manager that I think is extremely useful is the Startup tab. The Startup tab identifies apps that are going to be launched by default when the system initially boots up. Now, if you're having a system that is having trouble at system boot, or maybe it's just taking a long time to boot, you can come over here to the Startup tab and see what all applications are being loaded when the system initially boots, and decide whether you actually need these or not. And this is a big problem, because a lot of applications when you install them on Windows will add a startup app by default. It may not even tell you that it's doing it. And the idea is that the startup appspreload a lot of the code required for that particular application to run, so that when you do actually run it on the system, it boots up really fast and you think, wow, what a great application, those guys really knew what they were
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doing, when, in fact, all they were doing is preloading a lot of stuff when the system booted up. And maybe you don't need all that stuff running, especially if we're working with an application that is only used every now and then. In that situation, you can come over to a particular application, right-click on it, and click on Disable.Notice that when I do that, its status is changed to Disabled. Now the next time I boot the system, this particular startup app will not be loaded. Very useful troubleshooting tool. And just by the way, this tab, the Startup tab, was added in Windows 8, so earlier versions of Windows such as Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you won't see it listed in Task Manager. If you want to manage startup apps, you have to use the MSConfig utility instead. Users 13:13-13:44 The Users tab displays all of the users who are currently logged into the system. You can see, for a given user, how much CPU time their processes are consuming. How much physical memory the processes associated with that user is using. Same with disk, and network I/O. If you expand the user, you can see a list of all the processes that are owned by that particular user account, and if for some reason, you don't want that user logged in, you can come down here to the Disconnect button and disconnect them from the system. Details 13:45-16:53 So with that in mind, let's go over to the Details tab. Now this is the tab where I spend most of my time when I'm using Task Manager on a Windows system. Basically, the information displayed hereon the Details tab is the same information that was displayed in the Processes tab in older versions of Task Manager such as on Windows 7. For each process running on the system, we have the name of the process, it's process ID number, it's current status, whether it's running or sleeping, the name of the user that owns that process, how much CPU utilization that process is using, how much physical memory that process is using, and also a description of that process.
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