How To Run the Legacy Task Manager in Windows 8

good old legacy windows task manager
As I’ve been playing with Windows 8 this last week, I really love the new Task Manager. Perhaps it’s just because I’m curious–but shortly after playing with it, I set out to look for the old Windows Task Manager.  It wasn’t hard to find, but I figured I would still send up a flare so you can find it.




Editor Note: This method used to work in the Windows 8 Developer Preview, but no longer works in the recent versions of Windows 8.1

From the Windows 8 Metro Desktop, Type run and Touch / Click the Run App that appears or WIN+R.
windows 8 run

Type: taskmgr.exe and Click / Touch OK.

launch legacy windows 8 task manager

Ah, there’s the familiar Windows Task Manager.

Windows legacy task manager

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  1. MMK

    October 22, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Unfortunately, this does not appear to work in the Release Preview and the RTM. Running taskmgr.exe open the new task manager.

  2. groovyfan

    May 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    CTRL+Shift+Escape should still work

  3. amy

    May 19, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Nope, does not work in a n y combination…
    Std Win 8 x64 RTM Pre-installed no longer contains any traces of old taskmgr…
    unless manually “imported” from 7 box but then some of the performance counters may be wrong for 8 and its not preferred…
    Why not use ‘process explorer’ instead; far more detailed and accurate…

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