Operating Systems/Programming

Windows Task Manager


Windows Task Manager is a tool that comes with Windows. It shows you what programs are currently running on a computer and gives somewhat limited control over those tasks. This is useful for identifying and managing applications and processes that are running in the background, as they can add up quickly and take up a large number of precious resources. By using Task Manager, a user can forcefully end the programs that are running as well as control what programs and services start at boot. There is also a helpful Performance tab which shows a summary of performance characteristics of the hard drive, RAM, CPU, and network. This comes in handy when upgrading or diagnosing hardware components since you can, for example, see the CPU model and speed, which RAM slots are used, IP address, and much more.
The User tab allows the viewing of every user that is signed into the computer, as well as what processes they are running. Another helpful aspect of the Task Manager is the Networking tab. This tab displays real-time usage of active network connections and lists available network connections. It also demonstrates the percent of the network capacity being used, maximum speed, and the current state of the network. If there is suspicious activity occurring, it will be easy to identify as high network bandwidth might occurring when it shouldn’t.
I for one, believe that the Task Manager tool in Windows is handy for viewing the status of programs and operations, network, and hardware using real-time data. I think the reason people believe that Task Manager isn’t useful for diagnosing is only that they do not know how to fully operate it. While the Task Manager provides a large amount of information about a computer, one must know how to use that information to figure out issues, which most people fail to understand.  While the Task Manager provides a plethora of various uses and abilities, it does not necessarily tell you how to access all of them. Also, regarding the Applications and Services tabs, disabling the wrong program, such as a dependency, can have disastrous consequences. This is especially risky when disabling programs and services which start on system start-up. These programs can add up quickly, for example, when uninstalling a game, there may be a leftover automatic updater program that will remain on your computer and take up resources. Thanks to the Task Manager, you can view all of these background processes and disable them, as long as you do the proper research before so.
LifeWire. (2017). Task Manager. Retrieved from https://www.lifewire.com/task-manager-2626025.

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