Windows 8’s Task Manager offers more power, features, and functions than any of its predecessors.
Possibly more impressive: common tasks such as finding and terminating malfunctioning applications are easier than ever.
Almost a one-stop Windows maintenance shop
A key troubleshooting tool in Vista and Win7, Task Manager is even more useful for solving Win8 operation and performance problems. It also has a new look that’s easier to work with.
For Win8’s Task Manager, Microsoft consolidated numerous tools that are scattered throughout Vista and Win7. For example, key functions of the Management Console (MMC), the System Configuration tool (MSConfig), and the Resource Monitor (ResMon) are now at your fingertips, inside the revamped Task Manager.
Win8’s Task Manager even borrows some good ideas from third-party diagnostic tools. For instance, there’s a built-in startup analyzer that lets you see and control what’s slowing down your system-boot process.
What follows is a visual tour of the new Task Manager. If you’re running Win8, open your copy of Task Manager and work along with the examples shown below. At the end of the article, you’ll have a good sense of what’s in Task Manager and how the major pieces function.
If you’re not running Win8, the following text will give you a glimpse of what’s coming when you eventually upgrade to Win8 or its successor.