Group 3 Task Manager

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Juan Velez Rodriguez, Lawrence Le, Ted Ciceron, and Madzida Osmanovic

Operating System Software

The operating system is the most important program that runs on a computer. Every general-purpose computer must have an operating system to run other programs. Operating systems perform basic tasks, such as recognizing input from the keyboard, sending output to the display screen, keeping track of files and directories on the disk, and controlling peripheral devices such as disk drives and printers.

Utility Programs

Utility programs are computer software program that preforms very specific tasks. They are utilize to help use, maintain, and protect the Operating System or other software programs. There are many types of utility programs including:

  • Task Manager
  • Antivirus
  • Disk Defragmenter
  • Disk Cleanup

The utility programs preform specific functions in order to assist the operating system to run correctly.

Task Manager

Task Manager shows you the programs, processes, and services that are currently running on your computer. You can use Task Manager to monitor your computer’s performance or to close a program that is not responding. If you are connected to a network, you can also use Task Manager to view network status and see how your network is functioning. If more than one user is connected to your computer, you can see who is connected, what they are working on, and you can send them a message. With the task manager, you can monitor the number of processes you have open, current CPU usage, and current physical memory. You have the ability to manage the current tasks or processes, open new ones, or close them.


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