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

Using TaskPower

At first glance, TaskPower looks a lot like Windows Task Manager, which comes up when you press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and click on the Task Manager button in Windows 2000 or XP. But TaskPower vastly enhances the information and control you gain, while simplifying the interface.

TaskPowers main window presents a clean, simple interface with no menu and just five labeled buttons—Refresh, About, Config, Help, and Exit—below the title bar. Under the buttons is a tabbed display that lets you choose to view Applications, Tasks, Services, or Drivers loaded in memory. The type of information shown in the viewing pane beneath the tabs depends on the tab selected. An information bar at the bottom of the window shows the total count for each of the four process types.

You can launch TaskPower from the shortcut the installation wizard adds to your Start menu (under Programs). The utility will scan your computer for loaded applications, tasks, services, and drivers and gather information about them from its database or from the programs themselves (this may take a minute or two).

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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