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Using the Task Manager

Windows XP includes a new Task Manager program that shows you what's happening in your computer and specifies where memory and CPU is being utilized the most. Although the use of the Task Manager is fairly advanced (as are many areas of the Dr. Watson program), the Task Manager does enable you to stop programs that have frozen up and to monitor applications that might be consuming more memory than you want to let them have.

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Previous versions of Windows displayed a window similar to the Task Manager's first dialog box page when users pressed the Ctrl+Alt+Delete sequence to reboot their computers. Ctrl+Alt+Delete displayed a Task Manager-like window that showed all currently running programs and the user could either stop one of the programs or shut down the computer completely. He could also press Ctrl+Alt+Delete a second time to restart the computer. As you will see in the next To Do item, the Windows Task Manager provides far more options.



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