You may have heard of Windows Task Manager. It’s a key part of every Windows PC that allows you to easily start and stop various programs and processes. It can help unstick a frozen PC and can free up valuable system resources away from unnecessary processes. It can even be used to detect if your computer has a virus.
Today, we’re going to show you how to do all of those things in Windows Task Manager in order to speed up your PC.
First, Task Manager can be opened by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete or Ctrl-Shift-Esc. It can also be opened by right clicking an empty area of your taskbar and selecting ‘Task Manager’. Once open, the Task Manager will display several tabs, including Applications, Processes, Services, Performance, Networking, and Users.
‘Applications’ shows all of the programs currently open on your PC (but not including those running silently in the task bar). If one of your applications, like your internet browser, has frozen, you can click on it and select the ‘end task’ button to close it down. Almost every application freezes at some point or another, and this is the fastest way to get that frozen program off your computer screen.
The processes menu may look more intimidating, but it’s fairly straightforward to use. Instead of just showing the programs that you have open on your PC, it also displays all of the tasks that are running in the background, or in your system tray.
There are two reasons why the processes menu is useful for speeding up your PC:
1) First, users can instantly sort through applications based on the amount of resources that each application is using. Simply click on the ‘Memory’ tab. If your computer is running slowly, then it is likely due to one or two processes that are sucking up large amounts of memory. Try shutting these down by clicking ‘end process’. This should provide an immediate boost to the performance of your PC.
2) Second, this is a great way to detect viruses. Every process on your computer can be seen here, even malicious ones. If you suspect you have a virus, you can look through this list and remove any unknown processes. Check for ones that are using a high amount of memory, and always Google the name of the process before you end it, as some genuine processes could have suspicious names.
Remember, if you find a virus in the Processes menu, simply ending that process may not be enough to remove it. Try scanning your computer with an antivirus program in addition to ending the process.
The other tabs of the Task Manager are not as useful for speeding up your PC. However, they do show you helpful information about network usage, CPU and memory performance, and the number of active users accessing your PC.
Using the Windows Task Manager is so easy that anybody can do it. By understanding the aspects listed above, you can quickly and easily use the Task Manager to speed up your computer.