Managing Running Programs and Processes with Windows Task Manager

Windows Task Manager is a tool that serves two essential purposes. You can use it to track aspects of your system’s performance, and you can use it to see what programs and processes are running and terminate items when the normal shutdown methods aren’t working.

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For information about using Windows Task Manager to monitor system performance, see "Monitoring Performance in Real Time".

The easiest way to run Windows Task Manager is by means of its keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Figure 6-6 shows the Applications tab and Processes tab of Windows Task Manager.

Windows Task Manager is useful for terminating recalcitrant applications and processes, as well as for monitoring system performance.

Figure 6-6. Windows ...

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