Windows Task Manager auto-started as an effective CPU monitor in your system tray

Posted by Paul Braren on Feb 12 2013 (updated on Jan 28 2016) in
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    I've been given the opportunity to be a guest author over at IT Pro Guru Blog, by Systems Management Expert Dan Stolts of Microsoft. I've gotten to know Dan from the variety of virtualization user groups in the Boston area he and I attend, including Virtualization Group - Boston that he helps lead, and that I've presented at.

    This particular topic about a new use for the better-than-ever Task Manager seems to fit in nicely with Dan's many intermediate to advanced Windows and Windows Server related tips and tricks. Check out the full step-by-step walk-through and video by clicking the title below:

    Excerpt: You can use Windows Task Manager as an effective CPU monitor left running in the system tray as a notification icon. It’s light on system resources, and safe to leave running full-time. Discreetly shows you how busy your system is, at-a-glance. Moving your mouse cursor over the icon provides a surprisingly handy pop-up view of CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network utilization, seen at right.

    Jan 28 2016 Update

    Still works exactly the same way in Windows 10!
    Wondering why your Task Manager settings sometimes vaporize mysteriously? Wonder no more, here's why, along with a zany fix: