How To Use New Task Manager In Windows 10

If you have just upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you may feel strange when using the new Task Manager utility as it's completely refreshed. It comes with more features to handle running processes, startup items, and services. So you can now easily enable or disable startup items or services within the new Task Manager in Windows 10.

Unlike before, since Windows 10, if you want to enable or turn off a startup program, you have to use Task Manager. It is not able to access System Configuration and choose "Startup" tab to do that anymore.

In order to show which program or process is using too much resource of your computer, the resource statistics in the new Task Manager are color-coded. Therefore, if you see a program or a process comes with the darker color, that means it is using a lot of resource of your PC (RAM/CPU).

Windows 10 Task Manager

Opening New Task Manager In Windows 10

You can open the new Task Manager with the same way you did in Windows 7 or Windows 8. There is no different at all.

Just press Ctrl + Alt + Del, and then select "Task Manager" at the end of the list.

Ctrl + Alt + Del

Or just right-click on the taskbar and then select "Task Manager". Use any ways that you feel convenient. However, if you want to force quit an unresponsive program that makes your computer freezes, press Ctrl + Alt + Del is a good option.

Open Task Manager

Managing Programs With New Task Manager

By default, the new Task Manager in Windows 10 comes with a simple user interface. Just choose the program you want to kill, right-click and select "End task".

New Task Manager

To view more details, including processes, performance, app history, startup, users, details, and services, just click on "More details", and you will see much more information.

There are three sections in the list of processes:

  • Windows system processes.
  • Apps.
  • Background processes.

If you found a strange process that you have never seen before, just right-click on it and select "Search online" to find out further information about it on the Internet.

Search Online - Task Manager

In the Performance tab, you can view slick graphs of the computer's system information. Just choose which hardware you want to see on the left side, and it will show you more details on the right side. The new Task Manager interface shows you much more information than the old Task Manager.

Performance - Task Manager

You can also open the Resource Monitor program with one click. This utility has not been updated yet, however, if you are looking for further information, it is better than the Task Manager.

Resource Monitor Windows 10

How To Enable Or Disable Startup In Windows 10

In Windows 7, if you want to enable or disable a startup program, you have to navigate to System Configuration -> Startup tab. Then check or uncheck the box to enable or disable a startup item, respectively.

Since Windows 8, this option was disabled. If you want to enable or turn off a startup program, you had to do it within the Task Manager.

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In the Startup tab, select the program you want to enable or disable from startup, right-click and choose "Enable" or "Disable".

Task Manager Startup

The Details tab is the expansion of the Processes tab of the old Task Manager in Windows 7.

It does not come with a pretty interface, but the icons of programs have been added.

Task Manager - Details tab

It also comes with several advanced options, including process priority, CPU affinity, and memory usages.

Start, Stop And Restart Windows Services With Task Manager

You are now able to start, stop or restart a particular Windows service in the new Task Manager in Windows 10.

Services tab - Task Manager

You are also able to open Services application with the advanced options of a particular service by right-clicking and select "Open Services".

So, the new Task Manager in Windows 10 is a huge step up and comes with some new useful features and improvements. In fact, it is good enough to let users have an easier way to manage startup programs, as well as Windows services.

If you have any questions about the new Task Manager in Windows or this article, let me know.