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Windows 8

Understanding the re-imagined Task Manager in Windows 8

This post focuses on the new and reimagined task manager in Windows 8. Microsoft has reimagined Windows, everything in Windows 8 seems new and exciting. Today, we are going to talk about the new Task Manager.

Task Manager has always been a useful tool in Windows. In Windows 7, it used to show the list of opened programs, running services, performance monitor & users tab.

In Windows 8, the purpose of the Task Manager has been reimagined too. Though, the all new task manager still does it’s usual chores, now it supports some cool new features & does focus on a lot of small details that make your PC usage even more easier.

Let’s understand the working of this new Task Manager:

Process Tab:

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The process tab tells the user what apps, background processes and windows processes are running in your PC. You can sort these by Name, type, CPU usage, memory usage etc.

Performance Tab:

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The Performance Tab shows detailed information of your Processor ( CPU ), Memory & Disk. You can click on the CPU, Memory or Disk field to get more information. As you can see the selected CPU section shows details about your CPU. Normally you would have to download and install a program like CPU-z to get this sort of information. You can easily tell if your CPU supports virtualization or how much Cache does your CPU have.

Same is the case with memory. You can easily tell the speed of your RAM, how many slots are used up and a lot more details.

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The App History Tab

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This tab tells your about the App usage history on your Computer system.

Startup Tab

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The startup tab is something that I like the most. Windows 8 users now have even more control of the applications that start when their computer starts. This feature has now been integrated in the new and improved Task Manager in Windows 8 that easily let’s you choose which application to start when your computer starts. If you don’t want a application to start, just select it and select disable.

Services Tab

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Services tab is the second most useful feature in the new and reimagined task manager in Windows 8. It let’s the user start or stop a service with just a click. You can even get more information about a service by right clicking it and then clicking on search online.

 

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Windows 7 Windows Vista

Using Clean Boot to Troubleshoot Windows 7 & Vista

This guide explains the Clean Boot method for booting (starting) Windows. Clean boot is a alternate startup method which using minimal set of drivers & services to boot into Windows. This type of boot is available with Windows 7 & Windows Vista. Clean Boot is a troubleshooting process that is used to narrow the cause of a particular problem with your Windows PC. A clean boot will not load any third party programs or simply saying any program installed by the user that or anything that is not necessary for the system to start.

A clean boot also helps you restore your computer to full functionality by helping in the troubleshooting process. Follow the steps below to do a clean boot and repair Windows.

Clean Boot

  • Go to start menu
  • Within the start menu search box type msconfig
  • On the General Tab, Click on Selective Startup
  • Uncheck the box that says “Load Startup Items”
  • Now,
  • Go to Services Tab
  • Check Hide all Microsoft Services
  • Then, Click on Disable All
  • Click OK
  • Click Restart
  • Now, If the problem is resolved, you have to narrow down the problem to a specific service or program
  • If the culprit is a service, Follow the steps above to reach services tab
  • Hide all Microsoft services
  • Click / Check the boxes for one service at a time
  • Click OK
  • Click Restart
  • Repeat this step for all non-Microsoft services therein

 

Disabling Clean Boot & boot normally into Windows

  • Go to Msconfig ( follow the steps above )
  • Within General tab, Click Normal Startup
  • Click OK
  • Click Restart

 


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Windows 7 Windows Vista

Fix : “Bootmgr is missing press CTRL + ALT + DEL to restart” error in Windows 7 & Windows Vista

After reading this post you will be able to fix an issue where you get a error while trying to boot into Windows 7 ( start Windows 7 ) saying “ bootmgr is missing, press ctrl + alt + del to restart

The primary cause of this error is some damage or corruption in the Windows boot sector. This might happen due to a virus or any related DNA malicious software. Any normal file corruption in the file system can create this error as well.

Follow the steps below to rectify this error

  • Using Start-up Repair
  • Insert your Windows 7 or Vista Installation DVD at the time of system start-up ( boot from Disc )
  • Press Any key when prompted to “ Press Any key to boot from CD/DVD”
  • Select the appropriate options on the first menu ( language, currency, input ) & press next
  • Click Repair Your Computer
  • Select your operating system ( then one you wish to repair ) & Press Next
  • Within the System Recovery Options, Click Command Prompt
  • In the Command Prompt type Bootrec /Rebuildbcd & Press Enter