Posts Tagged ‘task manager’

What is Runtime Broker and Why is it Causing High CPU Load?

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

If you’ve noticed that an unfamiliar program, named Runtime Broker is hogging more than 15% of your memory and causing your PC to run slow, here’s how to deal with it.

Microsoft introduced the Runtime Broker process (RuntimeBroker.exe) in Windows 8, and kept on using it in Windows 10 as well. Runtime Broker is a legitimate Windows process, but one with quite a bad reputation for increasing CPU load and memory usage on systems sporadically.


Five Windows 10 Configuration Tips for New or Upgraded Systems

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 10, you might find a few of these tips to be pretty useful.

Millions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines will be upgraded to Windows 10 at the end of July 2015 thanks to Microsoft pushing upgrade offers as Windows updates to machines running those previous versions of Windows. While the upgrade may retain some functionality and customization from the previous version, it is likely that at least some things need to be configured again. This guide looks at a couple of improvements for Windows 10 that you may find useful. All improvements start with a general explanation first before the actual tweak or modification is listed.


What is wsappx and Why is it Causing High CPU load?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

If you’re running Windows 10 and it seems to be unusually slow, this might explain why …

When I launched the most recent version of Windows 10 today I noticed high cpu load almost immediately. I opened the Windows Task Manager with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Esc, clicked on the more details link and found the Windows process wsappx to be the cause (Note: the process may display as wsappx (2) or wsappx (3) as well).


Best Windows Process Checkers that tell you if a process is safe

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Here’s a quick summary of a few tools that are useful for the security conscious and also for helping to figure out why your PC is moving so slow …

When you open the Windows Task Manager using the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Esc, a mighty list of processes running on the system is presented to you (note: in Windows 8, this is only the case if you expand the manager first). While that is helpful in determining what is running on the system or to kill a process that is no longer required, it is often difficult to tell if a process is safe or not.


Microsoft Readies Task Manager for Large Scale Computer Systems

Friday, October 28th, 2011

I wonder if any of these improvements will eventually be implemented on the PC version of Task Manager?

When you look at the performance view of Windows Task Manager on your desktop PC you probably see between two or eight logical processors listed in the interface. On large scale computer systems running Windows 7, the count may be a lot higher. Microsoft showed a screenshot of the performance tab of Windows Task Manager with 160 logical processors.


Windows 8 Task Manager – A Step in the Right Direction?

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I can see why Microsoft continues to dumb-down it’s products in order to make them appeal to a wider user base … but I wish they could find a way to make their stuff more easily accessible without sacrificing advanced functionality.

If you have followed the buzz surrounding Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 8 you may have noticed that the Redmond company has redesigned the Windows Task Manager. When you first open it it only displays programs that have been started by the user. While that’s probably ok for the majority of users, it is nothing that experienced users would want to work with.


Do You Know What is Running on Your System?

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Here’s a helpful trick for conserving resources on your PC …

The programs running on your computer are not limited to what shows up as tabs on you taskbar and icons in your system tray. A lot of programs are running in the background. If you were not aware of this, or you have not checked in awhile, then there is probably software running that you do not need. It is time to take a look and figure out exactly what your computer is up to.


Task List Guru – Free Windows To-Do List Manager

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

This one sounds pretty annoying; especially the part about the flashing windows and the sound alarm. I think I’ll just stick to writing my to-do lists on a sheet of paper and then sticking them on the fridge with a magnet.

Task List Guru is a free to-do list manager for the Windows operating system. It supports organizing tasks, task lists, notes and reminders in an intuitive interface. Tasks are sorted into To-Do Lists that are displayed in the left sidebar. To-Do Lists use a folder like structure which means that it is possible to create sub-lists and use different icons for each list which improves the manageability and recognition.


Process Explorer 14 Released

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I haven’t tried this out myself, but it sounds like an extremely useful tool for tech types …

Process Explorer by Sysinternals is one of those programs that every computer technician and enthusiast should have in their troubleshooting collection. Process Explorer 14 has just been released by its developer Mark Russinovich. The new version of the popular process analysis tool is considered a major update.


How To Get An Ultra-Compact Windows Task Manager

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

This trick sounds like it would come in handy while trying to diagnose memory shortage problems on a system with a small screen.

Windows users can open the task manager with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Esc, or by selecting its entry in the context menu after right-clicking the taskbar in the operating system. Those who have tried to reduce the size of the task manager window have without doubt noticed that it has a fixed minimum size that prevents reducing the window further than that size.