The native Windows Task Manager has long been the go-to utility when we need to see which programs are running on our PC or kill a “hung” process.
While Microsoft has really expanded the features and power of Task Manager in recent years, it still has some serious limitations.
Luckily, there’s an awesome replacement for the Task Manager that you can download right now…
Microsoft also offers a free program called Process Explorer that takes the concept of the Task Manager to a whole new level.
Process Explorer displays every process currently running on your PC in an easy to visualize “tree” structure.
Everything is easy to read and understand, and if there is a process running that you don’t recognize, just right-click on it and click “Search Online” and a browser window will immediately open with a Google search for that process already open inside it!
Killing a process is fast and easy with Process Explorer. All you have to do is right-click on it and click “Kill Process”.
You can also Restart a process if it is hung or acting flaky, preventing the need to shut down or restart the PC.
Process Explorer doesn’t have to be “installed” in order to run it. All you have to do is download the zipped folder, extract the files and then double-click on the procexp64.exe file.
You can download Process Explorer from this page on the Microsoft website.
Bonus tip: This post discusses several other awesome free tools for Windows machines that I use and strongly recommend.
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