Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Using Task Manager
Click More Details to view the full version of Task Manager. Tabs list processes,
CPU performance, Windows Store app history, startup applications, active
users, process details, and services. As you can tell, the new Task Manager in
Windows 8 includes a significant amount of content and graphical updates.
Monitoring Processes
Of all the applications on the computer that are running under your account,
you can find those that are hidden and those that are not on the list on the
Processes tab. On this list, you can see how much memory, CPU, Disk, and
Network each process is using. Click the column headings to sort the rows
numerically or alphabetically.
The Processes tab has many useful columns:
The Name column shows the name of the process.
Status shows if a Windows Store app is suspended.
CPU shows what percentage of the CPU the process is using.
Memory shows the total amount of reserved memory a process is using.
Disk displays how fast the process is reading and writing to disks.
Network displays how fast the process is sending and receiving data over
your network devices.
If you find a process that is taking up a lot of your memory or eating up a big
portion of your CPU, you might want to consider ending the process if it is not
a critical one. Ending a process is very easy. Just select the row of the process
you want to end, and click the End Process button.
Viewing Performance Data
The Performance tab, shown in Figure 12-12, provides a lot of the same
information that the Resource Monitor application shows. This tab is another place to
view memory, CPU, disk, and network information, but in a cumulative and
more detailed manner.
You can see total utilization and some historical data for your CPU, Memory,
and each disk and network adapter.
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