Windows Vista's Task Manager: The harder-to-detect changes

Pressing [Ctrl] [Alt] [Delete] will bring up a full screen menu with an option to Start Task Manager

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When you first access the Windows Vista Task Manager, it looks so much like Windows XP's Task Manager that it's very easy to overlook the new features and other changes. While some of these new features and changes are more obvious once you take a closer look, some are a bit more subtle and require a closer inspection in order to detect them.

In this gallery, I'll investigate Windows Vista's new Task Manager and allow you to quickly reap the benefits of my detective work.

Accessing the Windows Vista Task Manager

You can access the Task Manager in Windows Vista in the same ways you can in Windows XP with a few slight differences. For example, you can right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager from the context menu or you can press [Ctrl] [Shift] [Esc]. You can also call up Task Manager by launching its executable file; however, rather than having to use the Run dialog box, you can do it from the Start Search box -- just access the Start menu, type taskmgr, and press [Enter]. Now, if you press [Ctrl] [Alt] [Delete], you'll see a full screen menu, and can click Start Task Manager.

By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.