How to Access Task Manager on Another PC

Written by emilio alvarez
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The Task Manager is a Windows application that allows you to monitor running programs, processes, performance and network activity within a system. The Task Manager can be easily launched on a local machine through the Windows Taskbar or using keyboard shortcuts. On a remote computer, however, the keyboard shortcut might not work. Accessing the Task Manager on another computer on a remote computer can be accomplished using the command prompt.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Log into the local machine.

  2. 2

    Connect to the remote PC you wish to access by using a remote connection program, such as the Windows Remote Desktop utility.

  3. 3

    Launch Remote Desktop, if necessary, enter the remote computer's IP address in the "Computer" text field, type the appropriate user name and password, and click "Connect."

  4. 4

    Allow for the connection process to complete successfully.

  5. 5

    Right-click the remote PC's Windows Taskbar. Choose "Task Manager" from the pop-up menu, if using Windows Vista or 7.

  6. 6

    Click the remote PC's "Start" menu and choose "Run." A "Run" dialogue box will open. Type "taskmgr.exe" in the provided text field and click "OK," if using Windows XP.

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