One of your associates is complaining that his Windows XP computer has been performing slower over the last few weeks. During that time, many new applications were installed on his computer. Which of these would be the best way to see all of the processes running on his computer?
A) Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Services
C) Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Performance Monitor
D) Task Manager / Processes Tab and Services Tab
E) If you get a flashlight and peek into the ventilation slots, you can pick out the bits that are slowing down the rest of the computer.
The answer: D) Task Manager / Processes Tab and Services Tab
The best way to see the real-time status of everything running on your computer is from the Task Manager. One quick hotkey to start the Task Manager is Ctrl-Shift-Esc.
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