Take Control of your Computer

By Robyn Peterson  |  Posted 2003-08-05 Print this article Print

PC Magazine's TaskPower utility will help you control your Windows apps, tasks, and services.

Even when seemingly idle, your PC runs a multitude of processes. Some perform vital functions—controlling hard drives, for example—but others dont. All expend precious system resources, though, and the more they consume, the slower your system runs. Shutting down unnecessary processes can help return your PC to its former peppy self. But the tool Microsoft gives you for monitoring and terminating processes, Windows Task Manager, gives no clues about what the processes do, let alone which you can safely close.

TaskPower to the rescue. Our latest utility can identify, sort, and manage the applications, tasks, services, and drivers running on your computer. In the past, only the most computer-savvy users were able to understand and tweak these key Windows processes. Now anyone can take control. Instead of jumping among half a dozen folders or more to find out what drivers and services are in use, for example, you can see these processes at a glance, and you can start and stop them from the same interface.

Note that because TaskPower lets you start and stop fundamental processes on your system, the potential for system crashes and data loss exists. Before you perform any action, be sure you have backups of important data and programs and that you thoroughly understand what you are doing.

Robyn Peterson

Robyn Peterson, Vice President of Product Management and CTO for Ziff Davis Media, oversees PCMag.com, GearLog.com, SmartDeviceCentral.com, TechnoRide.com, and the other consumer-oriented Ziff Davis Media websites. He also covers multiple content areas, including but not limited to consumer electronics, car techonology, software and development, and networking. Robyn is also the host of the PCMag Radio podcast (subscribe in iTunes).

Robyn has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, CBS, Fox, Fox News and the WB network representing PC Magazine, GearLog.com, and ExtremeTech. His writing appears on ABCNews.com and Yahoo in addition to PC Magazine, eWEEK, CGW, and ExtremeTech. He has also won the Chairman's Circle 2001 Award for outstanding editorial contributions to Ziff Davis Media (parent company of ExtremeTech and PC Magazine).

Robyn has a masters of science in computer science from New York University (NYU).

He can be reached at robyn_peterson (AT) ziffdavis.com.

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