Launch Task Manager from Desktop Context Menu

June 20, 2013 at 4:44 PMjamesbl

I use task manager a LOT in my job. I also almost always have a ton of programs running, therefore, do not have much space on my taskbar and get tired of finding “just the right spot” to right click in on to get to Task Manager.  As you know, with Windows 8/Server 2012, this becomes even more of an issue (don’t get me started).

After spending the past 20 years with Microsoft, I’ve come up with a ton of registry shortcuts I use as timesavers to do my job, including this one.  Saving the following as a .REG file and importing it now allows me to right click anywhere on my entire desktop and launch Task Manager from there:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\TaskMan]
@="Task Manager"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\TaskMan\command]
@="taskmgr.exe"

Note:  You could easily replace this with any other program you frequently run as well J.

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Welcome… again

June 10, 2013 at 3:45 PMjamesbl

Since starting with my new company, I will begin by saying I am first going to migrate off some of my older blogs from here while I am still able to.  I do not plan to migrate every post, but only ones which are still relevant, so I welcome your patience.  As always, I’m happy to write about anything else that you are hungry for hearing as well.

First things first, I frequently do a lot of testing inside Virtual Machines (VMs) using Windows Server operating systems and one thing I’ve grown to dislike is having to type in a reason as to why I decided to shut down or restart my machine.

Shut Down Windows-2008R2 Shut Down Windows-Server2012

Even though I’ve grown accustomed to simply typing in a period (.) for the shutdown reason, and clicking OK, even that gets old, therefore, below is the registry key to use for disabling it altogether in Server 2008/2012:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Reliability]
"ShutdownReasonOn"=dword:00000000

 

Note:  You will need to typically create the “Reliability” registry key before adding the registry value… or you can just cut and paste the above into notepad and save it as a .REG file for immediate import.

No rebooting is required for this and I’ve confirmed it works on Server 2003, 2008, and 2012.

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