How to get More Info From Windows Task Manager to Diagnose Your System

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One of the few things I always like to do first when I setup a new computer is to turn on some columns in the Process Tab in the Windows Task Manager.

Windows Task Manager is a great tool and often is the first tool to use when diagnosing the system if there is any problems. By default it only shows you the Image Name, User Name, CPU, Memory, and Description. Well sometimes those information can’t tell much, yes you can tell which process currently using the highest memory or consuming the most CPU power. But that’s about it.

Luckily you can add more information to it, for example, the I/O Read/Write that tells you how much the process reading and writing from the disk, the “Command Line” that will tell you where the process is running at exactly in your system, and a lot more. Here are some of the columns I like to have it on:

Go to View > Select Columns .. (make sure you are under Process tab)

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I usually would keep I/O Reads and I/O Writers on as well as Command Line, which tells me where the application is executing on my system, so If you find any application you are not sure about its easier to locate the executive file.

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That’s it, hope this will help when you encounter any problem in the future.

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