Windows 8 New Task Manager – It’s Much Better And More Intelligent

October 18, 2011

Microsoft is showing off its new simplistic philosophy with everything it can. It’s got a new Task Manager feature streamlined with the new Windows 8 operating system. The new task manager, according to Microsoft, is meant to be liked by power users and light users alike. They say that it was designed with 3 things in mind, they are; it should perform common tasks easily, it should have a modern and functional interface and it there should be something in it for the heavy users.

Windows 8 Windows Task Manager quick guide to fix issues much better than Windows XP Windows 7 or Vista quick help guide screen see the changes in Task Manager of Windows 8

The new task manager will only show those tasks which need to be killed by the user and they may expand these if they want to unlike those in Windows Vista or Windows 7. The people at Microsoft found through a study that most people use the task manager to simply stop an application that is not responding. This means that users stay on the Applications and Processes tabs most often.

So now when the task manger opens, it will be without the long list of unknown apps that the user has no idea about. It will just have the name of the app that’s running and it will show Not Responding next to it. The user can thus kill it off.

Windows 8 Windows Task Manager quick guide to fix issues much better than Windows XP Windows 7 or Vista quick help guide screen 2 grouped under different sub headings see the changes made to Task Manager of Windows 8

The task manager will also please the user by not bugging them about conformation for deleting applications. For the power users, they can click on more details for checking thoroughly what’s happening in their system.

Some modifications in the task manager are:

  1. Processes are grouped by type such as which application they belong to, all background processes, or operating system processes. Like other Windows groupings they can be viewed in detail by clicking on their left side and going deeper in the options. For example, you can check in detail how many Outlook processes are running currently.
  2. The percentage usage for CPU, memory, disk and network is highlighted at the top of the detailed view. The top indicator for each category shows your overall usage, and then breaks it down by groups.Windows 8 Windows Task Manager quick guide to fix issues much better than Windows XP Windows 7 or Vista quick help guide screen 3 showing CPU usage and different resource usage see the changes made to Task Manager of Windows 8
  3. This new task manager has even highlighted the processes that are sucking up most of your CPU or network or any other system.

These and some more simple modifications have made the new task manager of Windows 8 a good job for the users.

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