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Windows 7: Replace Taskmanager with Resource Monitor?


07 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Replace Taskmanager with Resource Monitor?

Hi,

I'm new to Seven Forums and this is my first post.

Is there a way to replace the standard Windows Taskmanager with the Resource Monitor?
Is it safe to just replace the taskmgr.exe?


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07 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 no SP
 
 

If you tell me the exact names and locations I will try it out for you.
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07 Aug 2011   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I never thought of it. I just made a shortcut of the Resource Monitor and put it into a Toolbar. That is just as easily accessible from the taskbar.


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07 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 no SP
 
 

Yes, I've forgotten to say that u can create shortcuts of both utilites on the desktop or the taskbar for better accesibility, so there's no need for replacing.
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07 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the fast replies!

File path to Resource Monitor is "%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\perfmon.exe".
Another good replacement for the default Taskmanager is Process Explorer by Sysinternals. But if I try to replace the Taskmanager with Process Explorer, Windows shows me the error message "Windows cannot find 'C:\Windows\system32\taskmgr.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.".
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07 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Programie View Post
But if I try to replace the Taskmanager with Process Explorer, Windows shows me the error message "Windows cannot find 'C:\Windows\system32\taskmgr.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.".
You get that message when you move procexp.exe to a different location after you substituted it for Task Manager in Process Explorer's Options menu.
Open procexp.exe from the directory it's going to stay in (Program files would be a good spot), untick Replace Task manager, close Process Explorer, open again and tick Replace Task Manager again and you should be OK now.
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07 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

You won't be able to replace Task Manager with the Resource Monitor because Resource Monitor needs Administrator rights to run and (as far as I know) it won't run without them. If you do replace it, however, you'll just get an error message saying "This requested application requires elevation.".

As for being safe... it depends on what you mean by safe. If you replace it with Process Explorer, yeah, it's safe.
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07 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by debugged View Post
Open procexp.exe from the directory it's going to stay in (Program files would be a good spot), untick Replace Task manager, close Process Explorer, open again and tick Replace Task Manager again and you should be OK now.
I tried it, but I still get the same error message...
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07 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

Open registry editor.
Navigate to: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\taskmgr.exe]

Modify (or create) a new string value named "Debugger" (no quotes), double click it and set the value data to the path + procexp.exe (with quotes).
(don't use the procexp64.exe process, use the procexp.exe one instead)


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07 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ZyanWu View Post
Open registry editor.
Navigate to: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\taskmgr.exe]

Modify (or create) a new string value named "Debugger" (no quotes), double click it and set the value data to the path + procexp.exe (with quotes).
(don't use the procexp64.exe process, use the procexp.exe one instead)
OK, that works! Thanks!

But one question: Why can't you use the procexp64.exe?
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