How do I get back the old Task Manager (from Windows 7) in Windows 10?

Windows 10 is the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, and it comes with many new features and improvements. One of the most notable changes is the new Task Manager, which is vastly different from the one found in Windows 7. The old Task Manager in Windows 7 provided more detailed information about processes, such as their memory usage, disk I/O, and CPU utilization. It also had a built-in CPU and RAM usage graph, which was very useful for performance troubleshooting.

Unfortunately, the new Task Manager in Windows 10 does away with these features, opting instead to provide a much more simplified view of the processes running on the system. The new version also has fewer configuration options, and it can’t show the RAM and CPU usage graph. This lack of information makes it difficult for IT administrators to troubleshoot performance issues.

Fortunately, there is a way to get the old Task Manager back in Windows 10. The trick is to disable the new Task Manager and enable the legacy Task Manager. This can be done through the Group Policy Editor. To open the Group Policy Editor, open the Start menu and search for “gpedit.msc”. Once the editor is open, navigate to the “Computer Configuration” > “Administrative Templates” > “System” > “Ctrl+Alt+Del Options” section.

In this section, double-click on the “Remove Task Manager” option. This will open a new window where you can change the setting. By default, the setting should be set to “Not Configured”. Change this to “Enabled”, then click “OK”. This will disable the new Task Manager and re-enable the old Task Manager.

Once the old Task Manager is re-enabled, you can open it by typing “taskmgr” in the Start menu search box, or by pressing the Windows key + R, typing “taskmgr”, and pressing Enter. You should now see the old Task Manager, with all its features intact. You can use the Task Manager to view detailed information about the processes running on your system, as well as the CPU and RAM usage graph.

The old Task Manager is a great tool for IT administrators, as it allows them to quickly identify and troubleshoot performance issues. With the new Task Manager, it’s much harder to get this information. By enabling the legacy Task Manager in Windows 10, IT admins can go back to using the same tools they used in Windows 7 to get the job done.

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