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    Post  kenn™ on 31st January 2014, 10:38

    What do you do when your pc runs slow and you're out of options ?

    Most upgrade the pc, some re-install windows and the geeks, what do they do ? well, the geeks they open Task Manager and manage their resources.

    The task manager built into Windows will suffice for most purposes, and can be easily accessed in the familiar Ctrl+Alt+Del menu.  Geeks who often resort to the task manager for troubleshooting may be familiar with the more straightforward shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+Esc.  If nothing else, you can always right-click the taskbar and select Start Task Manager.

    Ending Processes

    Now, that you've learned how to access the tools needed, ie, the Task Manager, now we'il show you how to end a process that can save you valuable memory and recover some speed on the pc.

    The most common/basic way of ending an application.  However, sometimes you may have a really pesky application that refuses to close even after you have repeatedly spammed the “End task” button.

    There are a couple of ways to go a step further in trying to get these nuisances to close.  In Windows 8, you can try clicking “More details,” which should bring you to the Processes tab.  This will give you a much more detailed view of every running process, including ones that are running in the background (sometimes the problematic process that’s lagging your system isn’t displayed under the “Apps” category).

    In the Processes tab, try highlighting the suspect app/process and hitting End task.  Even easier, you can right-click on it and hit End task.

    The “End Process Tree” option can be found in the Windows 8 task manager under the Details tab, where you’ll see a raw list of running processes, similar to the Processes tab on Windows 7’s task manager.

    Checking Performance and Prioritizing Processes
    Setting the priority on a process is not something that most geeks need to do very often.  Changing the priority of running processes is particularly useful when your computer’s resources are being maxed out already, and you’d like to manually select what processes you want your computer to give more attention to.

    Monitoring your PC’s performance

    In the screenshot below, you can see that the computer’s CPU usage is being maxed out, tipping the scale at 99%.  As a result, opening new applications or just trying to use the computer in general can be incredibly sluggish.  A time like this would be perfect to end or prioritize processes.

    Bitcoin mining, Folding@home, Prime95, and other similar applications can max out your CPU usage but take advantage of process prioritization so that the end-user (you) doesn’t notice any change in their computer’s performance.

    To change the prioritization of a process on Windows 8, you have to be on the Details tab and right-click any of the running processes.  Same instructions for Windows 7, but you have to be on the Processes tab.

    Just below the “Set priority” option in the above screenshot, you can see another one named “Set affinity.”  With that option, you can control which core(s) of your processor are used for the selected process.

    Hope it has helped :)

      Current date/time is 23rd June 2018, 11:38