How to Change Task Manager Data Update Speed in Windows 10 - Windows Basics


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

How to Change Task Manager Data Update Speed in Windows 10

Windows Task Manager lists processes along with their CPU, Memory, Disk, Network usage. It also lists performance, app history, Startup and more. While there are many, have you ever wondered how often this usage is updated? Sometimes you may want to update faster and sometimes slower than usual. This post will show you how you can change the Windows Task Manager update speed.

1. Right-click on an empty space on the Windows Taskbar and select Task Manager from the available options.

2. Click the Processes tab in the Task Manager window.

3. Click the View menu item, select Update speed and choose between High, Normal, Low, and Pause options.

4. Once the option is selected between High, Normal, Low or Pause, it will show up immediately.

  • High: This will update the percentages every half-second. You can use it for resource-hungry processes such as gaming and video rendering.
  • Normal: Here, the update speed is once every second. This is the default setting.
  • Low: If you need to keep an eye on the percentage, but it changes too often, you can slow it down using this. It will update once every four seconds. This gives you enough time if you want to take a screenshot with a slower update.
  • Paused: This will freeze everything on the list until you change it to other options. It comes in handy when you need to take a screenshot.

While this approach may not be consumer-centric, it is a great feature for IT or a Tech person. When a process takes up too many resources and you need to figure it out, this is very helpful. Some processes can increase resource usage slowly like a spike, while others are too fast. So the feature has room to catch something nasty.


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