Since Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft has included a task manager with advanced features for its own Windows operating system, which continues to the latest Windows 10 platform. With this tool, users can monitor or end applications, processes, or other services on a computer. Recently, David Plummer, a former Microsoft developer, told us more interesting stories behind the company’s mission manager.
(Mission Manager’s Call Key is Ctrl and Shift and Esc)
David Plummer is known to have built Task Manager in 1994 and became part of the Windows operating system in 1995 and is still a core application on the Windows 10 platform.
The tool is designed to try troubleshooting an application or related process to find the cause of a sudden slow or crash of the computer. Now, the former Microsoft developer has shared more secrets about Task Manager.
First, Winlogon is part of the Windows login subsystem. After the task manager is frozen or minimized, it looks for which running instances are on hand and then attempts to recover within the next 10 seconds.
If the old instance does not respond to the request, another instance is launched. However, this approach works only if the system resources are abundant.
“That way, as long as the system resources aren’t exhausted, you’re sure to call out Task Manager,” says David Plummer.
Even more ingeniously, if system resources do reach the hosting limit, Windows will also start Task Manager in simplified mode with limited functionality, or display the Process tab.
If Explorer and Windows Shell fail, you can also call up another Task Manager instance via the Ctrl-Shift-Esc key combination, forcibly abort ingres and restart the Shell or Explorer process.
If you find that core elements are missing or hidden in your Windows desktop environment, you can try restarting the Explorer process to “fix” the taskbar or desktop.
Even if the Task Manager body is damaged, the user can press and hold the Ctrl-Alt-Shift key combination key for a few seconds when restarting the tool in order to restore all internal settings to their original state.
After you restore Task Manager, you can click File – New Task, and then enter “CMD” in the run dialog box to start the command prompt as an administrator.
If the application does not respond and cannot view the task manager, you can tap the down arrow and use the Delete key to end the frozen application or game process.
In addition, if the stuck program blocks the Task Manager instance in full-screen mode, you can move the task manager’s window position by using the Alt-plus space, and then clicking On M and the arrow keys.
As for more interesting details, I believe that patient netizens will always inadvertently find out, such as “process” and “memory” columns drag and drop and reorder.