Microsoft revamps Windows 8 and Windows 2012 Task Manager tool with a completely new GUI and some new functionality. Although, the tool still performs pretty much the same as it has in the past, Windows 8 Task Manager features a new tab called App History. The Task Manager differences between the desktop and the server editions are quite noticeable but to better understand these differences and get an overview of the new Task Manager I suggest the following article:
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Windows Task Manager allows users to start and stop programs, view programs running on their computers which include system services, identify executable names of programs, and change the priority of the process in which programs run. In the hands of the wrong users these useful features can do more harm than good.
Do you know which tool to use when applications and services running on Windows 7 encounter problems? The tools provided by Windows 7 can help you monitor resources, establish baselines and logs, and determine where problems might occur. Sometimes, you may need to further configure these tools or create basic scripts to address your particular problem. In this post you will find a brief overview of the various monitoring and performance tools available with your Windows 7 operating system.
The Resource Monitor is a Windows system tool that allows you to view information about the use of hardware (CPU, memory, disk, and network) and software (file handles and modules) resources in real time. As for the basic functionality it is quite similar to Windows Task Manager but Windows Resource Monitor can help you track down the cause of application hangs.
Software crashes do happen but how many times we manage to get a clue of the root problem! And such crashes can be really annoying if they happen too frequently. Windows 7 Resource Monitor includes a feature that may help you with the troubleshooting of software problems. To start Resource Monitor (resmon):
Services are applications that run in the background. They can start up on boot or when required and can run independently of the logged on users. The main tools that you can use when managing services are the Services Console (Services.msc), the Task Manager, the Sc.exe command line utility, and Group Policies. To troubleshoot services during startup use the msconfig utility.
The services console lists all services and provides information about each service such as, logon details, state, etc. To start the Service consoles type services in the Start search text box and click the Services link under programs.