How to bring the Windows 7 Task Manager to Windows 10

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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bring Windows 7 Task Manager to Windows 10

Task Manager is one of the most useful applications on Windows because it allows you to quickly close an application or process that might be using too much of your resources.

Just like many things. Task Manager was changed a bit in Windows 10. But don’t worry, you can bring the Windows 7 Task Manager back to Windows 10.

How do I install Windows 7 Task Manager on Windows 10?

Some users are critical when it comes to new Task Manager despite its new features, such as improved performance graph and improved resource consumption statistics.

Users criticize the new Task Manager as being slow because it uses more memory and CPU. In addition, new Task Manager requires UAC elevation which makes it load more slowly.

Also one more issue with new Task Manager is that it doesn’t remember the last active tab. This means that you have to navigate to the last used tab every time you start Task Manager.

As you can see, these are some valid concerns while others are just personal preferences. But if you are used to Windows 7 Task Manager today we’re going to show you how to use it on Windows 10.

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1. Download the old Task Manager for Windows 10

Users claim that Windows 7 Task Manager was better since it was lightweight and fast. If you feel the same way, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can install old Task Manager on Windows 10.

  1. Download this file.
  2. Open the zip file, extract its content and run the installer.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the installation process.
  4. After the installation is complete Windows 7 Task Manager should replace your default Task Manager in Windows 10.

As you can see, it’s possible to run Windows 7 Task Manager on Windows 10, and the installation process is quite simple.

If you want to revert to Windows 10 Task Manager, simply uninstall Old Task Manager for Windows 10 from the Programs and Features section.

2. Use third-party software

Task Manager is a great application if you want to quickly end a task or a process on your PC, but just because it’s the default application for task management, it doesn’t mean that it’s the best.

There are numerous third-party task managers, and they usually have certain features that Windows Task Manager lacks. For example, certain task managers allow you to see additional information regarding running applications, files, and processes.

If you’re an advanced user or if you’re looking for a task manager that offers additional features, we strongly recommend to check out our list of best task manager software.

There you go, these are two methods you can use to bring back the old Windows 7 Task Manager. If you found our guide helpful, let us know in the comments section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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