While working with Windows 10, one may realize that every once in a while that our system responds a little late especially when we are using a battery-operated system like a laptop. There are times when there is a particular task that ends up fetching all the resources of your system which includes power supply, memory, disk space, etc., just like a game or editing software. In this article, we will learn how to find these power hogs in your Windows 10 system using Task Manager.
How to Find power hogs with Task Manager
There are ways in which you can fix common resource usage problems. But you may also want to find such resource-hogging processes on your system that consumes high Power. To track power usage of apps and know which of the processes are fetching more power and becoming a power hogger of your system, follow the steps below:
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc, the Windows 10 Task Manager will open up.
Enlarge the Task Manager window by clicking on More details.
In the normal-sized window, scroll horizontally or maximize the window.
Look for two columns namely Power usage and Power usage trend.
If these columns are not available then right-click on any of the columns and select the options of Power usage and Power usage trend.
Now you can check which of the tasks is sucking more power and choose whether you want to end the task or not.
Before you end the task, understand the difference between the two columns.
- The Power Usage column tells about the energy currently being used by a process.
- The Power usage trend column tells about the power usage of any process over the period of the last two minutes.
Once you choose from the list of processes that shall be terminated, select the task and then click on End Task.
If you have accidentally terminated an important system background process and your system starts to behave abnormally, save all your incomplete tasks and restart the system. It will start working fine as it was before.
Keep in mind that this method of checking power hoggers is especially for those who are nowhere near a charging station and there is a task that needs all the juice from the battery. After all, we all love to see our system work just fine when we are in a hurry and especially in a hurry.
TIP: You can fix power problems using the Power Troubleshooter.