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How to use and troubleshoot issues with Windows Task Manager
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This article provides basic information about how to use Windows Task Manager to start programs, to end processes, and to monitor the computer's performance.
Note For information about how to troubleshoot when you receive an error message that Task Manager has been disabled by your Administrator, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/913623/ )Error message when you try to open Task Manager on a Windows XP-based computer: "Task Manager has been disabled by your Administrator"
For information about how to restore the Task Manager menu bar, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
314227This article is intended for a beginning to intermediate computer user.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314227/ )Task Manager Menu Bar and tabs are not visible in Windows XP
You can use Task Manager to start programs, to start or to end processes, and to view a dynamic display of your computer's performance.
How to start Task ManagerTo start Task Manager, take any of the following actions:
How to use Task Manager HelpEverything that you might want to know about Task Manager is included in the Task Manager Help file. Some of the help topics are intended for a general audience. Other topics are intended for a more advanced audience. To view the Task Manager Help file, follow these steps:
How to exit, switch to, or start a programThe Applications tab displays the status of the programs that are running on the computer. To exit, switch to, or start a program, follow these steps:
How to end a processThe Processes tab displays information about the processes that are running on the computer. A process can be an application that you start or subsystems and services that are managed by the operating system. To end a process, follow these steps.
Note Proceed with caution when you end a process. If you exit a program in this manner, data that has not been saved will be lost. If you end a system process, a system component may no longer function correctly. To match a process with a running program, right-click the program name on the Applications tab of Windows Task Manager, and then click Go To Process.
How to monitor your computer's performanceClick the Performance tab to view a dynamic overview of the performance of your computer. This includes the following measures:
For more information about Task Manager, see Task Manager Help. To do this, start Task Manager, and then click Task Manager Help Topics on the Help menu.
Article ID: 323527 - Last Review: September 11, 2011 - Revision: 7.0