Viewing processes listed in XP Task Manager

Averatec / 6100 series
December 29, 2009 at 21:56:46
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.994 GHz / 2047 MB
Is there a way to set the processes listed in task manager to always show up in alphabetical order? I know that the free extended task manager can do this but was wondering if it can be done manually somehow

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December 29, 2009 at 23:27:36
xp task manager alphabetical

Open Windows Task Manager, click on > Processes, click on Image Name.

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December 30, 2009 at 05:17:40
And this is suppose to keep it in a alphabetical order every time one opens task manager and views processes? Doesn't work for me, only works for that instance.

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December 30, 2009 at 05:27:59
As far as I know, the Task manager in all Microsoft Windows platforms does not include option to enable users to permanently configure how they wish to see it. But if you can prove that If I am wrong, then I am wrong.

Meanwhile ... Happy New Year to you and everyone else here :-)


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December 30, 2009 at 05:35:34
As Task Manager can work independent of any "user preferences" I don't know if it is possible for it to remember the settings
There may be a tweak out there, but I'm not aware of one

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December 30, 2009 at 05:43:00
Ah, the ole pro "XpUser" has chimed in,lol. Thanks, I didn't think so after having searched diligently before asking here but thought I'd ask here as a final shot. btw, Free Extended Task Manager allows one do this and is a decent extension for task manager but it is extremely slow at loading task manager.

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December 30, 2009 at 05:51:31
LOL. Personally I prefer to keep my Wimdows operating system running with no interference from third-party software (except for AV). This policy of mine have served me well for many years in that none of the machines I run had any crash or BSOD. Oh well it is your baby so feel free to do with it whatever you wish.


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December 30, 2009 at 05:53:22
In Task Manager, the listing of Processes appears to me to be listed by the PID(Process ID) assigned to the process. The bottom of the PID list is "0". Then as Processes startup, the PID numbers increase. That has the only ORDER to it.

In the T.M. Menu bar, click "view", then click "Select Columns..."

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December 31, 2009 at 00:55:18
I have just installed most of these & they fit your requirements.

Also installed Free Extended Task Manager & it runs perfectly on my comp, I guess it is a matter of finding a program that is Ok on yours, which is quite normal. If they are all slow loading, let us know.

System information
Click on Procsses, then Process to put in Alphabetic order ( does hold after closing, hav'nt tried after a reboot )




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March 23, 2010 at 14:55:39
There is a registry hack to enable or disable Windows NT TaskManager. The same registry hack applies to Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Name: DisableTaskMgr
Value: 1=Enablethis key, that is DISABLE TaskManager
Value: 0=Disablethis key, that is Don't Disable, Enable TaskManager

As part of the enhanced management available in Windows 2000 and Windows XP, rather than risking a registry change, as an administrator you can enable or disable Windows 2000 Pro or Windows XP Pro's TaskManager using Group Policy Editor. This can be applied to the local policy. Note: if you are trying to override your organizations group policy, you can't. As soon as you re-authenticate to the domain, the domain or OU Group Policy will rewrite the registry setting. But if the TaskManager was accidently disabled or you need to control this item for a set of standalone boxes this is for you:

* Click Start
* Click Run
* Enter gpedit.msc in the Open box and click OK
* In the Group Policy settings window
o Select User Configuration
o Select Administrative Templates
o Select System
o Select Ctrl+Alt+Delete options
o Select Remove Task Manager
o Double-click the Remove Task Manager option

And as I mentioned above, since the policy is Remove Task Manager, by disabling the policy, you are enabling the Task Manager.

Got XP Home - use the registry edit.

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