Windows 8 logo from www.oostdam.infoWindows 8 is a very nice product to my opinion. It is based on the previous 7 version but it can use apps instead of programs, but there is a full compatibility. Every program that runs on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8 as well. This product is amazing. Microsoft improved it in so many ways that a new set of articles will appear on this site the next couple of weeks. I love it, and this experience is only based on the beta version. Lets hope the RTM and final release will be available soon. I'm afraid it will not be until autumn 2012.

In this article I want to show you the new and improved taskbar, which you can access from the taskbar with a rightclick with your mouse. The taskmanager has now 7 tabs instead of the previous 6 and it has been approved a lot. The networking tab is gone and 2 new tabs are introduced. The version of this task manager is in the Dev release 6.2.8102. Lets start with the first Processes tab.

The processes are now sorted by Applications, Background processes, Windows processes and they are grouped in that order. If you sort it, the grouping will stay. This is more like a user friendly version of the previous Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Resource Monitor, but I personally like the different colors for higher and running processes and the totals on top are certainly nice and clear. If the totals are very high, it even gets a red color. See the picture below for this tab.
New Windows Task Manager in Windows 8 - - picture 01

The second tab is for the performance. This is better than before. More smouthly grafics and not so many of those yellow raster lines. Again a more user friendly version of the previous Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Resource Monitor, but much nicer to look at. Some overview information is here as well. Get used to it, as troubleshooter you will see this kind of screens a lot more in the future. See for yourself in the below picture how nice it looks.

New Windows Task Manager in Windows 8 - - picture 02

The App History is new, and will be displaying your Apps use history, with detailed information on CPU time, Network MB's, and Tiles MB's. It is cumulative, but you can reset the data usage manually on this tab. As I do not have this running on a tablet yet, I can not demonstrate it now, but that will follow later.

The Startup tab is new and will display your startup programs or apps with the possibility to disable them.

The Users tab has also refreshed and is beautiful as displayed in the picture below. By default everything is ordered by User and in one look you are able to see all the details. Not in this picture, but also is this column tabs colors change if thresholds are being passed.

New Windows Task Manager in Windows 8 - - picture 03

No picture. but the Details Tab is rather classic. New however is that you can right-click the columns and add extra colums to the displayed table. Lots of new stuff here! You can choose Memory working, Peak and shared working sets. Pool, Page usage, Handles, Threads, Status, UAC, DEP, all kinds of I/O information etc. etc. No need for separate performance counters and enable logging on those counters.Just go and take a look at it, you will be surprised!

That last Tab is for Services. Ha, ha, handy, no need to type services.msc anymore :-) You can stop/start the services with a single right mouse click, see the PID and status, and if you don't know what the service is for, you can search for it online directly with a right mouse click. Too difficult? At the right  down below there is a "Services" button. Click it and the classic services.msc view will appear.

On top, you can choose File and create a "New Task"
which is equal to the "Run" command that you know from all the other Windows operating systems.

Hopes this article has helped you, and getting you enthusiastic for Windows 8 as much as I already am!


Ben OostdamBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior Support Engineer for Qurius Managed Services in the Netherlands specialized in System Center Solutions.

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