Task Manager in Windows is one of the most widely used utilities and helps you analyze how the resources in your computer are being used. Task manager can also be used to control a bunch of other things as well. No matter how many things you can do with Windows Task Manager, many things are still left undone.
Well, not anymore, as the application we will talk about provides you with many functionalities on top of the regular task manager. In this article, we will review the extended task managers in depth. Please ensure that you read this article until the end because we will review all the application’s features, pros, and cons.
Extended Task Manager Review
Extended task manager is a free utility software provided by Extenssoft which provides extensive functionality over your regular Task Manager. The application aims to display all the information provided in different tabs of the task manager graphically and more explained manner.
The tool is not frequently updated by the developer but still works flawlessly. The interface can look outdated to some users, but it is simple to understand and navigate. Using the extended task manager can be a better choice because the application allows you to view data about each process in detail. You can view the files locked by each process and also check which processes are locking a particular file to be able to kill the processes and unlock the file.
The top bar of the application presents you with multiple tabs, each having its significance. Here are the tabs discussed in detail:
- Summary: The summary tab displays the currently active applications on the computer. You can also view the CPU usage graph, Networking graph, Page File graph, and I/O graph. Also, some useful metrics about physical memory and system totals can be viewed.
- Applications: The applications do not provide much in-depth information; they show the applications currently running on the computer. You can choose to Run a new task, End a Task, or Switch to a task from the tab.
- Processes: The processes tab can be used to do a ton of customizations for the processes and can also be used to End or Freeze processes. You can End an Entire process tree, Set priority or affinity for the process, show locked files for the process, open the process location, and a lot more. On top of all this, you can also view the CPU usage of the process by percentage and size.
- Services: The service tab provides details about all the services that are currently running or are not running but are present on the computer. You can Stop or start services from this tab and delete the service if you want. The PID, Description, Status, and Type of the service are also displayed in the details.
- Performance: Like the summary tab, the performance tab also displays graphs. Graphical information for CPU Usage and History, Memory Usage and History, and Disk I/O Usage and History can be viewed. Detailed metrics for Physical Memory, Totals, Commit Charge and Kernel Memory, can also be viewed.
- Networking: The networking tab can be used to view detailed information for network adapters and current data upload and download speed for each adapter installed on the computer.
- Users: The users’ tab displays all the users that are currently active on the computer, their current status, client name, and session. You can also disconnect a user or log them off from the tab.
- Ports: The ports tab provides one of the most interesting features of the application that allows you to view the computers that are currently connected to your computer or you are connected to them. The tab also displays the IP addresses for the respective computers.
Pros & Cons of Extended Task Manager
Now that you have understood the application’s features in detail let’s look at the pros and cons of the Extended Task Manager compared to the new and updated Task Manager in Windows 11.
- The Port tab displays detailed information about the computers connected to the system and their IP addresses.
- The Summary tab compiles all the relevant information very well.
- Limited but useful features.
- The Windows 11 task manager offers a greater amount of control.
- Windows 11 task manager has a better user interface.
- More detailed and useful graphs are now available in the Windows 11 Task Manager.
To sum it up, the application is a well-designed and well-thought-off alternative to the regular Task manager. It provides a lot of detail, and the interface is easy to navigate. The interface might seem a little outdated to some users, but for a small package of just 11 MBs, that’s all you can expect.
While utilities provided by Windows are enough for some users, having more detailed information at your disposal allows you better to control your computer’s components and overall performance. We hope you find the article to be helpful. Please make sure that you share this article with everyone.
Is It Safe To Kill Any Process In Windows Using Task Manager?
It is generally safe to kill any process in Windows using Task Manager. However, the processes may be important for certain functions on your computer, and those functions may temporarily not work until the process automatically or manually restarts.
Can I Install New Services On My Windows Computer Using Task Manager?
No, you cannot use Task Manager to install new services on your computer. Most services are automatically installed on your computer when a new application is installed. Services that are essential for the functioning of the respective application are automatically installed, while some services come pre-existing with each copy of Windows.