Process and resource managers have a number of useful applications. Typically, when a computer becomes unresponsive or is running sluggishly, using a process manager helps tremendously in determining the possible cause. A Process Manager (aka Task Manager) also helps monitor and keep track of system performance. Monitoring the performance of your computer is essential in debugging the running processes on your system.
In addition to the built-in Task Manager that ships with Windows, there are a number of 3rd party process monitoring programs freely available. These tools are mainly divided into two categories which are real-time and log-based. Real-time software measures the current system state and provides data on system performance. Log-based tools record system performance data for post-processing.
Following are what we consider to be some of the best free Process Managers / Monitors.
Top 5 Free Process / Resource Managers in No Particular Order
|Software Name||Description||Compatible OS|
|Microsoft Process Explorer||This tool displays information about processes running on your system in a more visual representation.||Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/10 (32-Bit/64-Bit)|
|Microsoft Process Manager||This software can kill frozen processes and has non-destructive filters that can be set for any data field.||Windows Vista/7/8/10 (32-Bit/64-Bit)|
|Task Manager DeLuxe||Task Manager DeLuxe is a portable tool that can find registry items for applications that have been uninstalled.||Windows XP/Vista/7/8.1/10 (32-Bit/64-Bit)|
|ProcessKO||This process and resource managing tool supports multiple languages.||Windows All|
|Anvir Task Manager Free Portable||This system performance monitoring software can edit or disable the registry entries that get started at the time of boot.||Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10|
Microsoft Process Explorer:
This is a task manager tool which gives you information about the running processes of the system in a more visual representation. It displays a process with its icon, full image path, command line, memory statistics, and security attributes. In the handle mode, you can see handles the selected process has opened. In the DLL mode, it displays the DLLs and memory-mapped files loaded by the process. It has a simple and customizable interface that displays all the required information in an uncomplicated manner.
Download here; Microsoft Process Explorer
Microsoft Process Monitor:
An advanced monitoring tool for Windows operating system. This software makes the built-in Task Manager of your computer obsolete. You can perform all functions of the built-in Task Manager such as killing a frozen process, track down malware, etc. and even more. This tool has non-destructive filters so that you can set filters for any data field without losing the data. These filters can be set for the fields that are not configured as columns.
Download here: Microsoft Process Monitor
Task Manager DeLuxe:
Task Manager DeLuxe is lightweight and portable software that offers all the powerful features your built-in Task Manager does. It’s a portable tool, so you can run it from a USB flash drive. This tool gives you full control over your PC. It can also find registry items for applications that have been uninstalled. This software has a clean and straightforward interface that displays a list of all the processes that are running on your system with data such as PID, Session, name, username, type, etc.
Download here: Task Manager DeLuxe
ProcessKO is a multilingual process and resource managing tool. There are times when you are not able to close an unresponsive program even by using Task Manager. ProcessKO is the perfect tool to use in this case. It can kill any running or frozen process with ease. This software is fast and works well without hanging or crashing.
Download here: ProcessKO
Anvir Task Manager Free Portable:
This tool allows you to monitor the performance of your system and makes some adjustments to increase the performance. This software is portable and need not be installed on the system to work. Registry entries that are automatically initialized at the system startup can be edited or disabled.
Download here: Anvir Task Manager Free Portable
View more software in our Process / Resource Managers section.