Three secret things you can do with your Windows 7/Windows 10 Task Manager

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Windows 7 and Windows 10 users do you know about these three secret things you can do CTRL+ALT+DEL Task Manager?

How many of your Windows 7/10 users have used the CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up the Windows Task Manager when your Windows run PC/laptop was not responding? Except for the beginners, I think all of you are familiar with the CTRL+ALT+DEL to kill tasks that hang your PC/laptop while running certain programs. But how many of you know that the Windows 7/10 Task Manager has secrets? Not one but three secrets according to Dave Plummer.

Dave Plummer is the Microsoft programmer who developed the Task Manager App. Dave is the one who also developed a utility called VisualZIP, which lets you view compressed Zip files like folders, and sold it as shareware before it was picked up by Microsoft for integration into Windows. Dave says he developed the Windows Task Manager and Microsoft honchos liked it.

“The Windows Task Manager was a shareware app I wrote in my den that I was planning to sell on the side. But when [Windows NT architect] Dave Cutler saw it, he agreed to let me check it into the product, so I donated that one.”

Dave Plummer

The utility first appeared in Windows NT 4.0, released in 1996, and has been a part of every Windows operating system from then on. Dave has some secrets to share about the Windows Task Manager.

Three Windows 7/8.1/10 Task Manager Secrets

CTRL + SHIFT + ESC

Do you know that CTRL+SHIFT+ESC works as seamlessly as right-clicking the taskbar or by pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL and then selecting Task Manager? In fact, if you press CTRL + Shift + Esc, the Task Manager opens directly without the right-click or selection option. This works even if your Windows taskbar is not working or has broken.

Dave says that the very same shortcut can be used to launch the app even when the Task Manager itself crashes. And it’s all because the hotkey was specifically designed to take care of this issue from the very beginning.

“If Task Manager ever hangs or crashes, start another by pressing Ctrl-Shift-ESC. Winlogon will look for an existing instance and try to revive it for up to 10 seconds. If the old Taskmanager doesn’t start making sense by responding with a secret code within that time, another one will be launched. That way, you’re never without a Taskmgr as long as there are some resources available”

Dave Plummer

Task Manager reduced mode

Task Manager secret number two is also not known to many Windows users. It works in case your Windows 7/8.1/10 PC/laptop completely fails to respond due to crashing apps and the system running out of resources. In such a scenario, even the Task Manager can fail to load. Dave created a reduced mode to help users in such a situation.

You can call it Task Manager Safe Mode if you like. The Task Manager Reduced Mode lets you see the processes that are using too many resources and blocking the PC/laptop from running. IF it does not have any resources, Windows launches Task Manager automatically in the reduced mode.

“Task Manager will load in reduced mode if resources are short like only loading the Processes page if that’s what’s needed to get going. It’s one of the very few apps that won’t just “fail and bail” when things go wrong,” Plummer says. Task Manager reset and it goes without saying that in some cases, even the Task Manager struggles to deal with all the crashes on the system, so the app itself can sometimes be corrupted.

Dave Plummer

CTRL + ALT + Shift

If your Task Manager itself is corrupted, you can reset the task manager. You can bring the normal Task Manager using this little trick of pressing CTRL + ALT + SHIFT. This will reset all internal settings to factory default and launch task manager enabling you to kill the processes you find blocking the normal functioning of your Windows 7/8.1/10 PC/laptop.

“If Task Manager ever becomes internally corrupted, kill/close it. Restart it while holding down CTRL, ALT, and SHIFT, and Task Manager will reset ALL internal settings to factory fresh if it sees that key combo at startup. Same works for every app I’ve written, btw, I think!”

Dave explains.

Remember to thank Dave for the Task Manager when your PC/laptop refuses to work or respond. It was his idea that now helps you to bring back your PC/laptop to life after it becomes corrupted.

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