A More “Powerful and Free” Windows Task Manager

Everyone has come to know the task manager as the Window’s program utility that dynamically monitor’s the status of our computers (i.e. processes, services, performance, memory, networking, users, etc.).  I personally  have used the  task manager to terminate those programs that hang or stop working; or on those occasions when the computer freezes.  I always recommend going to the task manager first to do this in lieu of restarting the computer in mid-stream.  To learn how to specifically use the task manager for that purpose, I encourage new users to read and print out these short instructions from Microsoft [ click here ].  Abruptly shutting down a computer, without following the normal shutdown procedure, can cause file corruption to the operating system.

If you are a user of the task manager, how would you like to add greater functionality to the typical Windows task manager? Functionality that would let you monitor which programs are using the disk at the moment, monitor network ports to see who is connected to your computer and the IP address; or the to ability to locate Windows processes that lock a specific file.  This is all possible with a program utility called “Free Extended Task Manager”.  It even looks like the Windows task manager and can be toggled (by a setting) as replacement for the Windows task manager; OR you can run it as a separate program (as I do).

To get this program, click on the screenshot or any of the links below.


Extended Task Manager

Extended Task Manager features:

Displays disk input/output activity with information about related applications

Displays network port activity with IP addresses of external computers

Displays information about applications that utilized most of the CPU or memory at any time presented on the charts

Displays all files locked by a select process.

Finds all processes locking a specified file.

Includes “Summary” tab for quickly assessing the overall

If Windows Task Manager doesn’t offer you enough of a break-down of your system processes for you, this Free Extended Task Manager might be what you’re looking for.Basically, ‘extended’ is exactly what it says it is. It’s a slightly larger, very similar-looking task manager, with slightly extended features. If you open the Performance tab, and hover the cursor over the graphs, you can see CPU usage at any point in time and view the programs that are sucking up the most processing power. The Network Port tab shows you who is connecting to you, and who you are connecting to, including IP addresses. The Applications tab gives you big icons instead of the usual list, which is a much friendlier look than in Windows Task Manager. There are more features including a file lock finder which finds out why a particular file cannot be deleted, and ‘unlocks’ the process, which is a useful tool. There is nothing that makes Free Extended Task Manager particularly special – it is no easier to use than the built-in task manager – but its extended features are useful and the utility is free. Overall, Free Extended Task Manager is a stable and fairly comprehensive utility great for anyone interested in the more mysterious workings of their PC.

The new “Disk I/O” chart will allow users to easily monitor which software utilizes most of their disk at a certain moment.

The Free Extended Task Manager network port monitoring feature will allow users to see who is connected to their computer and from which IP address, and who they’re connecting to.

Another useful feature is the ability to locate Windows processes that lock a specific file. For example if you are unable to delete or rename a file, you can quickly find how it is used and possibly exit or kill the application that locks it.


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13 thoughts on “A More “Powerful and Free” Windows Task Manager

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  1. The old “three-fingered salute” (Ctrl+Alt+Del). Hard to be a Windows user and not know that one — the best way to ‘kill’ programs that choose to freeze (aka “Not responding”).

    As a troubleshooter, I know that Task Manager has many more uses. This program is great for those still on XP, as it will give you some of what Vista (and Windows 7) users have in the Resource Manager.
    If you do any of your own malware removal, you will find the ‘unlock’ feature handy.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.


  2. TechPaul,

    Great to hear the angle, on the task manager, from the “Tech” on this… Many users are unfamiliar with the task manager and the ability to kill programs when need be… Thank you for your supportive comments on this.



  3. Improvements to Task Manager is one of the things I like about Vista, and am really excited about in Windows 7. The Task Manager is probably not a favorite tool/program of the casual user, though.

    That said, however, if you are at all interested in learning about your computer, it is one of the first things you should explore.

    I appreciate a good tool, so the thanks goes to you, for finding it.
    Maybe we need to change your “avitar”/image? Maybe, if you want to stick with a critter, a good one would be a bloodhound? Seeing as how you’re constantly “sniffing out” these nuggets in the vast Internet.


  4. can this program be toggled using ctrl alt del?

    i don’t use task manager very often unless i’m trouble shooting an infected computer. being able to bring up task manager with ctrl/alt/del is sometimes the only way to get done what needs to be done.


  5. G,

    I do know that this program (extended task manager) can be toggled to replace the Windows task manager; therefore, ctrl-alt-del should work… I get a chance I will test it…



  6. G,

    I tested the “extended task manager” (Vista box)to determine once I toggled it (via the options menu) to replace the Windows task manager, if “ctrl-alt-del” would invoke it…

    Yes, “ctrl-alt-del” does work; AND, the nice thing about it, if you do not want to use it anymore, go to options and “uncheck” – “replace Windows task manager”…



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    1. Alex,

      I am sorry to hear that… I am currently running the “Free Extended Task Manager” on several PC’s (Vista and XP) and have not had any issues. I suggest you contact “Extensoft” (support@extensoft.com) to report your concerns.

      Thank you for visiting the blog.



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