Task Manager is an important bit of desktop functionality
that can be improved with support for new controls. In recent
preview builds, Windows Task Manager has been graced with not
one but two new features, which includes a new option to reduce
system resources usage.
With Task Manager, you can monitor the memory, processor, disk
and network usage of all running processes. You can force such
processes to close via Task Manager, as well as locate the
installed directory of the program. In a nutshell, Task Manager
allows you to spot troublesome processes and take them down.
Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has made a lot of
minor changes to Task Manager for a variety of reasons. For
Windows 10’s May 2020 Update added support for GPU
temperature readings to the Task Manager, so you can see how
hot your graphics card is running.
With Windows 10 Sun Valley update, Microsoft is introducing
support for ‘throttling’, which generally refers to a reduction
in system resources.
The throttling we’re talking about here is a new feature called
“Eco mode”, which aims to identify resource-hungry apps and
provide users with an option to throttle their memory and CPU
This feature is particularly helpful when apps are suddenly
consuming high resources and you don’t want to end its process
because you haven’t saved your work. Using Eco mode, users can
limit its consumption and give priority to other apps.
If used properly, you can improve the overall performance of
your computer and Microsoft’s feature could also lead to faster
Eco Mode is also useful when you’ve battery-powered devices.
Most people know that the battery capacity of laptops goes down
as more and more charge cycles build up. In Windows 10
21H2, Task Manager lets you throttle the system as a way to
curb peak power demand.
Task Manager and Microsoft Edge integration
Windows 10 Sun Valley update will also add support for new
Microsoft Edge processes in Task Manager.
After the update, you can monitor the resource consumption of
For example, users can now identify resources usage by browser
processors, such as extensions, GPU, Tabs, etc.
Task Manager will also organize Edge processes under predefined
categories. For example, plugins and extensions processes will
appear under “Utility: Network Service”. Likewise, some
All running websites, PWA workers and services workers will be
listed as well.