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Windows 8's Advanced Task Manager Revealed

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 29 comments

Keep an eye on what your computer is doing.

Windows 8 will have an new kind of task manager, called Advanced Task Manager. According to information obtained by WinRumors, it appears to be a combination of Microsoft's Task Manager and the Resource Monitor.

There's also appears to be considerations made for touch interfaces, as there's a touch-friendly way to kill tasks – perhaps for tablet implementations of Windows 8.

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    tdenton1138 , April 19, 2011 4:26 PM
    Hopefully this will at least compete with Process Explorer...
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    virtualban , April 19, 2011 4:29 PM
    Yes, Process Explorer is what I call advanced in comparison to Task Manger. This seems just big fluffy icons and graphs. :) 
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    davewolfgang , April 19, 2011 4:41 PM
    The should have at least a toggle for "normal PC" or "tablet/touch PC", so that for us normal users we don't have to put up with the HUGE icons taking up all that screen space.
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    hoofhearted , April 19, 2011 5:01 PM
    It needs to show what network resources are being used (sockets and such), not this big stupid icon crap. Granted with the later windows, they are showing "Image Path Name" and "Command Line", which are great, but you still have to correlate a PID with the output of "netstat -ano" from the command line.
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    gogogadgetliver , April 19, 2011 5:45 PM
    davewolfgangThe should have at least a toggle for "normal PC" or "tablet/touch PC", so that for us normal users we don't have to put up with the HUGE icons taking up all that screen space.


    They've got a level of detail dropdown in the upper right there.

    General MS UI design will put small compact icons near what you are working on and large ones far away. Think right click vs ribbon.

    They are actually pretty good at making UIs. I'm having faith this will turn out.

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    gogogadgetliver , April 19, 2011 5:50 PM
    hoofheartedIt needs to show what network resources are being used (sockets and such), not this big stupid icon crap. Granted with the later windows, they are showing "Image Path Name" and "Command Line", which are great, but you still have to correlate a PID with the output of "netstat -ano" from the command line.


    Resource monitor in Win7 does this. No need to drop to a netstat. See Network tab then check a box by the process.

    As for the big touch friendly icons.. there seems to be a detail slider in the upper right.
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    mobrocket , April 19, 2011 6:02 PM
    I am a little surpised that MS is leaking details of Windows 8 already... the adoption of Windows 7 isnt even fully in swing...

    if its a more tablet friendly o/s i would call it by a different name
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    Marco925 , April 19, 2011 6:02 PM
    I guess after 16 threads, the old task manager gets crowded.
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    iamtheking123 , April 19, 2011 6:26 PM
    So much whitespace and foofy graphics. Can't wait to open it up and see CPU usage spike 10%.
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    Diversian , April 19, 2011 6:32 PM
    gogogadgetliverThey've got a level of detail dropdown in the upper right there.General MS UI design will put small compact icons near what you are working on and large ones far away. Think right click vs ribbon.They are actually pretty good at making UIs. I'm having faith this will turn out.

    gogogadgetliverResource monitor in Win7 does this. No need to drop to a netstat. See Network tab then check a box by the process.As for the big touch friendly icons.. there seems to be a detail slider in the upper right.


    Except for Windows Phone 7 UI...
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    K2N hater , April 19, 2011 6:40 PM
    No process tab, no handles, no libraries, no physical x virtual RAM usage meters, no resource details/meter per process. It's certainly the least "advanced" task manager MS has ever made.
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    lonechicken , April 19, 2011 6:45 PM
    Suggestion for a touch-friendly way to kill tasks: A "flipping the bird" gesture.
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    secolliyn , April 19, 2011 6:57 PM
    All new Advanced Task manager will now show you less info and options it also makes it that much easier to screw up your computer by giving normal users who know about Task manager access to Registry editor witch we all know someone will need to mess with because it's there and well do you think M$ will put disclaimers up telling the user that changes there are made in real time?.... I doubt it. Thanks MS for making something that's worked for the last 3 versions of windows into something that is going to be more confusing less informative and all around a bad idea it's what I've known and grown to expect from you.
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    HavoCnMe , April 19, 2011 7:03 PM
    Windows 7 will work for me until Windows 9 comes out. I would still us XP64 if they had decent driver support.
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    JohnnyLucky , April 19, 2011 7:13 PM
    GEEZ! Seems like I haven't had Windows 7 for very long and now there's talk of Windows 8. Seems like it is happening to quick.
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    11796pcs , April 19, 2011 7:14 PM
    Is it just me or is finding actual information on the health and status of your computer terrible in Windows 7? Like there are 10 differnet programs not really in the same place. For example you have the task manager, device manager, advanced tools (under performance info and tools under settings) disk defrag, disk cleanup, performance monitor- all in a bunch of differnet places.
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    bystander , April 19, 2011 7:28 PM
    hoofheartedIt needs to show what network resources are being used (sockets and such), not this big stupid icon crap. Granted with the later windows, they are showing "Image Path Name" and "Command Line", which are great, but you still have to correlate a PID with the output of "netstat -ano" from the command line.


    Keep in mind that big icons on a tablet usually show up much smaller on a PC due to the DPI and size of the monitors used in comparison to a small tablet with lower resolution, and they've always had a way to change the icon size in windows since 95.
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    schmich , April 19, 2011 7:57 PM
    As a gamer, I would like a feature to have a resource monitor overlay that can be shown whilst gaming.

    Graphs for ram usage, CPU usage, GPU usage, temperatures on the latter two etc.
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    kewlx , April 19, 2011 8:03 PM
    process explorer is made by microsoft..why use this?
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    gogogadgetliver , April 19, 2011 8:22 PM
    secolliynAll new Advanced Task manager will now show you less info and options it also makes it that much easier to screw up your computer....


    Yeah yeah, settle down. There has been an incremental improvement to each iteration of task manager for several versions now. Don't take a leaked screenshot from prerelease software that you can't tweak or configure (notice that detail slider in top right?) and LEEEAAP to some far off conclussion. Oh, and it's MS, not M$. It's 2011 now, not 1999.
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