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[Windows] Enhance Windows Task Manager with TaskmgrPro

taskmgrpro_1 [1]Nowadays it is the age of plugins. Plugins for your browsers, plugins for your software, plugins for this, plugins for that. So why not get a plugin for something you probably use very often to enhance its functionality — Windows Task Manager? And that is exactly what TaskmgrPro is. Let’s see if it is worth your time.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

TaskmgrPro is a plugin of sorts for Windows Task Manager; TaskmgrPro enhances Windows Task Manager functionality by adding features to the Processes and Services tab of Task Manager and adding four new tabs to Task Manager. Plus TaskmgrPro is run when Windows Task Manager is run.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

TaskmgrPro enhances Windows Task Manager functionality; it is built right into Task Manager and adds features you wouldn’t otherwise get in Task Manager.

What I like best about TaskmgrPro is how it allows you to kill multiple running processes at the same time; simply select multiple running processes from the Processes tab and end them. Sure, TaskmgrPro isn’t the first and only program to allow this functionality — e.g. WinPatrol [2] can do it, too — but what makes TaskmgrPro so much more useful than rival programs in this regard is how TaskmgrPro is built right into Windows Task Manager. So, essentially, you don’t need to learn or launch a whole new program to be able to kill multiple processes at the same time — you just launch Windows Task Manager as normal and simply kill running processes as desired from the Processes tab. Easy.

I also really like the Shutdown tab, which doesn’t provide unique functionality but makes it very convenient to schedule a shut down/restart/etc. of your computer.

That said, however, I feel the other functionality of TaskmgrPro is either out-of-place or too basic. For example, you don’t really need a startup manager or network shares manager in Windows Task Manager; Task Manager is a place that displays information/provides features you would need access to on a regular basis, and most people don’t use a startup manager or network share manager regularly — only once in a while. So TaskmgrPro just ends up cluttering the Task Manager by adding unnecessary features.

Conclusion and Download Link

I really wish it was possible to customize TaskmgrPro to only get the features that one wants (e.g. if I were able to customize TaskmgrPro, I’d remove the startup/network share managers) but that isn’t possible. So, as of now, I’m not going to recommend TaskmgrPro but I’m also not going to not recommend it. In other words, I’ll let you decide if you want the program or not. I’ve given you all the information to make an educated decision… so have at it. Best of luck.

For those that are looking for freeware alternatives to TaskmgrPro, I don’t know of any programs that build themselves right into Windows Task Manager but there are programs that provide the same or more functionality as TaskmgrPro: WinPatrol [2] allows you to kill multiple processes at the same time, manage services, and has a better startup manager; ProcessTamer [9] and Process Lasso [10] are two a processes managers that allow for better process management than TaskmgrPro, such as the ability to automatically kill blacklisted processes; ShareWatch [11] is a network shares monitor or you can use Windows’ built-in functionality for network shares management [11]; Shutdown Please [12] allows you to schedule shutdowns, etc. or you can do it yourself from Windows Task Scheduler; etc.

Price: $19.95

Version reviewed: 1.4.5

Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

Download size: 3.3 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/47 [13]

Is it portable? No

TaskmgrPro homepage [14]