How to Change the Process Name in the Task Manager

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The Windows Task Manager is a feature common to all Microsoft Windows operating systems and allows users to troubleshoot problems with their PC, manage processes and start new programs all from the same pane. When using the Task Manager, it's possible to view all currently running processes on your PC and even change the name of a process as it appears in the Task Manager. In order to make changes to a process name, you need to be logged into an administrator account in Windows Vista or 7.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Log into the primary or administrator account on your Windows PC.

  2. 2

    Run the program you wish to rename. Leave the program running throughout the renaming process.

  3. 3

    Open the Windows Task Manager by holding "Ctrl" and "Shift" while pressing the "Escape" key. Alternatively, you can open the Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar and selecting "Start Task Manager."

  4. 4

    Select the "Processes" tab.

  5. 5

    Right click the process you want to rename and select "Properties."

  6. 6

    Type the new name for the process into the top text box under the "General" tab.

  7. 7

    Click "OK." Windows will prompt you to confirm you have administrator privileges to make the changes to the file. You may need to enter your administrator password. Confirm that you want to make the changes.

  8. 8

    Close the program and reopen it to see its alternate name in the Task Manager.

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