22.214.171.124 Lab – Task Manager in Windows 7 and Vista (Answers)
In this lab, you will explore Task Manager and manage processes from within Task Manager.
The following equipment is required for this exercise:
- A computer running Windows 7 or Vista
Step 1: Work in the Applications Tab of Windows Task Manager.
a. Log on to Windows as an administrator.
b. Open a browser and a folder.
c. Click the desktop and press Ctrl-Alt-Delete > Start Task Manager > Applications tab.
d. Select the open browser and then click Switch To.
What happened to the browser?
e. Bring Windows Task Manager to the front of the desktop. Click New Task to open the Create New Task window.
f. In the Open field, type Notepad and click OK.
g. Navigate back to the Windows Task Manager, select Notepad, and click End Task.
Step 2: Work in the Services tab of Windows Task Manager.
a. Click the Services tab. Use the scroll bar on the right of the Services window to view all the services listed
What are the statuses listed?
Step 3: Work in the Performance tab of Windows Task Manager.
a. Click the Performance tab.
How many threads are running?
How many processes are running?
What is the total physical memory (MB)?
What is the available physical memory (MB)?
How much physical memory (MB) is being used by the system?
Step 4: Work in the Networking tab of Windows Task Manager.
a. Click the Networking tab.
What is the link speed?
Step 5: Work in the Users tab of Windows Task Manager.
a. Click the Users tab.
List all users and their status.
What actions can you perform on the user from this window?
Step 6: Work in the Processes tab of Windows Task Manager.
a. Click the Processes tab.
b. Check the checkbox Show processes from all users.
c. Double-click the white border around the Processes tab. This changes the view of Windows Task Manager to compact mode.
Note: The User Account Control window may open in Vista asking for permission to continue. Click Continue.
d. Click the heading Image Name. Click Image Name again.
What effect does this have on the columns?
e. Click Memory (Private Working Set).
What affect does this have on the columns?
f. Double-click the outside border again to return to tabs mode.
g. Open a browser.
Note: Firefox is used in this lab. However, any browser will work. Just substitute your browser name whenever you see the word Firefox.
h. Return to the Windows Task Manager. Click Image Name so the list is in alphabetical order, then locate and select firefox.exe.
i. Right-click firefox.exe > Set Priority.
What is the default priority for the browser?
j. Set the priority to Above Normal. Then click Change priority in the Windows Task Manager warning message.
Step 7: Change the fields that are displayed in the Windows Task Manager.
a. Click View > Select Columns.
b. The Select Process Page Columns window opens. Check Base Priority and click OK.
c. Expand the width of the Windows Task Manager so the Base Priority column is visible.
List the name of the image that has a base priority of Above Normal?
Which image name has a base priority of N/A?
d. Reset Firefox.exe base priority to normal. To do this, right-click firefox.exe > Set Priority > Normal > Change priority.
e. Click View > Select Columns. Uncheck Base Priority and click OK.
f. Close Firefox.
Is Firefox listed as a process?
g. Close all open windows.
Why is it important for an administrator to understand how to work within the Windows Task Manager?