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    Task Manager - Open in Windows 8

    Task Manager - Open in Windows 8
    How to Open Task Manager in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    How to Open Task Manager in Windows 8 and 8.1


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    Task Manager has been completely redone in Windows 8. You can use it to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services.

    This will show you how to open Task Manager in Windows 8.

    For more information and details about Task Manager, also see:






    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 below for how you would like to open Task Manager.

    2. Press the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys, and go to step 7 below.

    3. While on the desktop, press and hold on the taskbar, click/tap on Task Manager, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    4. While on the desktop, right click on the taskbar, click/tap on Task Manager, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)


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    5. Press the CTRL+ALT+DELETE keys, click on Task Manager, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)


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    6. Open the WIN+X Power Users menu, click/tap on Task Manager, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.
    NOTE: If you open Task Manager while signed in an administrator account, then Task Manager will be opened elevated (run as administrator) by default.

    8. Select to have Task Manager in Fewer details or More details view. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: Task Manager will open to the same Fewer details or More details view it was last closed as.

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    9. Here is what you will see in the new More details view of Windows 8 Task Manager. (see screenshots below)

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    In the Performance tab below, you can also double click/tap on the left or right side to switch to summary view. To return to normal view, just double click/tap anywhere in the small footprint mode window.

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    That's it,
    Shawn


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    can you please explain all the part of the new task manager?

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    Hello Muiacir,

    That's way to much information to post. Do you have a more specific request instead?

    For now, this may help some with that.

    The Windows 8 Task Manager - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
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    Hi Brink, I have a question. Can you still add the task manager to the right click context menu via reg key? (Sorry if I over looked the topic.)
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    Hello Wrath, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sure, you could, but it's already on the right click context menu of the taskbar.

    Would you like one for another location instead, say the Desktop context menu (top or bottom)? I'll be happy to whip one up for it if you do.
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    Thanks Brink for the fast answer, but I can make it myself. I just didn't mess with it a whole lot on a virtual machine, so still new to what win8 can do. (and what can be added/modified)

    But I will be utilizing this wonderful forum to find out all of the potential that win8 can do.
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    Anytime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Wrath, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sure, you could, but it's already on the right click context menu of the taskbar.

    Would you like one for another location instead, say the Desktop context menu (top or bottom)? I'll be happy to whip one up for it if you do.

    Hello everyone. I'm new around here and I have a question about the new start manager while you're at it: how do you make it run automatically at Windows start-up? It might seem a silly question but, trust me, it's not; I think I've tried just about everything and nothing has worked so far. It must be a bug or maybe my system is bugged but I've almost given up on it. Thank you in advance for your help.
    Daniel
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    Hello Daniel, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You could use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to have something run at startup automatically.

    Startup Items - Manage in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Daniel, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You could use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to have something run at startup automatically.

    Startup Items - Manage in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Hi Shawn, thanks for the swift reply but, unfortunately, that doesn't work. Everything else is fine, I mean any other program starts automatically if I want it to except the task manager. I really use it a lot and want it to autostart but there's no way. Just to give a heads-up, I'll tell you what I've tried so far:

    - adding the program via task manager itself
    - adding the program manually to the startup folder and I've tried both with a copy of the program and with its shortcut (windows key then type "shell:startup" and enter)
    - adding a tweak in the registry (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run)
    - using Advanced Systemcare's start manager
    - taking ownership of the System32 folder, where task manager is located, then doing all the above again
    - creating a schedule with "task scheduler"
    - using "nircmd"
    - taking ownership of the entire Windows folder and doing all of the above once again
    - taking ownership of the registry menu where the tweak is supposed to go to and re-trying the tweak
    - your suggestion

    None of the above has worked.
    I've even looked around for third-party task managers but I'm skeptical about that.
    There's nothing I've ever been unable to solve on my PC except for this and it's really getting on my nerves since there seems to be no way.
    I'm almost desperate.
    Thanks again, Daniel
    Last edited by khayman; 29 Dec 2012 at 16:07. Reason: Addition
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