Monday, November 18, 2013

Viewing The Programs Currently Running On Your Computer

When your computer is brand new, out of the box, and fully configured, everything seems to be perfect with it. You will be able to access the different application/programs swiftly and there will be almost zero lag. It will take only very little time for the computer to load. In addition, what can be seen is that system freezes and system crashes do not occur when the system is new. But as time passes, a number of files, applications/ programs and other utilities will be stuffed in your system and this takes a heavy toll on it.

The duration taken for a program to load will increase and constant system freezes and errors are bound to occur. Humans are able to multi task but when the number of tasks increases, we are not properly able to carry out the different tasks. The computer is also similar, as with the building up of running applications, the computer often tends to crash or freeze. When numerous numbers of programs are running simultaneously, it results in a slow computer. By making use of the Task Manager, you can see the active programs that are running on the system.


  • To launch the Task Manager, you have to hit CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys together. Also, in Windows XP, the Task Manager can be brought up by right clicking on the taskbar and a menu will pop up. From the menu, choose Task Manager and the task manager window will appear on screen.
  • The tab by the name Applications has to be clicked. The different applications/programs that are running on your system can be seen in the Applications tab. 
  • The tab next to Applications by the name Processes has to be selected. The Processes tab shows a list of processes that are running on the system. You can also see how much of memory each process is consuming.
  • If you want to end a process, you have to select a desired process and click the End Process button. Now the selected process will be stopped.

By following these steps, you can get access to the taskbar and see the different processes and applications that are running on your system. If you want tips on how to speed up a slow computer, you can contact our customer support desk and they will assist you with the required troubleshooting steps to speed up your PC.

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