More and more details about Windows 8 are coming out but they do not seem to reveal a whole new operating system. They rather make us think of Windows 7. (Do have a look at the New and Expected features in Windows 8 and also about the Windows 8 MileStone 1 coming out)
We have found a lot of online journals creating a hype about the new improved Task Manager in Windows 8. Here is what we think about it!
Windows 8 Task Manager – A simplified version
Windows 8 Task Manager has been completely redesigned and it includes many more features which users can use to assess the operating system’s status.
When we open the Task manager we see at first a simple list showing the running apps and their components. If we press the More Information button we can see a full set of tools which shows what the processes that are consuming too many resources are and how we can disable them without compromising the operating system’s stability.
Windows 8 Task Manager – Processes
The Processes section shows a list of all the running apps, their components and the components that belong to the OS. The list comprises several categories (Applications, Background Programs and Windows System-Critical Programs) so as to assess the running apps more easily. Resource usage is displayed in real time for each running app; abnormalities such as excessive processor overloading or RAM overloading, bandwidth and data volume transferred to the hard disk are displayed, therefore there is no need to visually inspect all the running processes.
Windows 8 Task Manager – Startup
The Startup Tab shows all the apps that run automatically once the OS has been loaded and we can disable those we do not really need. Using the Startup Impact feature we can find out how much these apps slow down the OS loading.
Windows 8 Task Manager – Users
The Users tab shows all running apps for each user account therefore we can know exactly the amount of resources used by each and every user.
Windows 8 Task Manager – Performance Dashboard
The Performance Dashboard tab provides a complete list of all the running processes together with thorough information regarding resource usage and each resource’s PID code.
Windows 8 Task Manager – Services
The Services Tab shows a list with all the OS’s active features and information about resource consumption together with a general description for each feature.
Windows 8 Task Manager – Dashboard
The Dashboard section is similar to the Performance tab from the previous Task Manager and offers several charts showing the loading level for each processor, RAM usage, Hard disk’s activity and Network traffic.
At first glance, Windows 8 Task Manager seems to be a good tool for both advanced users and beginners. It represents an improvement compared to the old Task Manager we got used to from the Windows XP era.