TaskList helps identify running processes

TaskList is a new utility included with Windows XP Professional that

enables you to view every process running on a Windows machine. By

default, TaskList allows you to view the processes that are running

locally, but if you use the '/s' option, you can specify a Windows 2000

Server/Workstation, Windows XP Professional machine or a Windows .NET

Server and view the processes running remotely across the network.

(TaskList will also be available in future versions of Windows .NET


Notable features of TaskList include its ability to format its output so

that it is easily imported into an application such as Excel. It can

also filter its output based on a specific set of criteria. These

features make it a useful utility in batch process that monitors

processes running on machines and for reporting capabilities. A sample

of the output is shown in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1 - TaskList Output


TaskList does not work with Windows NT 4.0. If you want to take

advantage of it in your enterprise, you must upgrade all of your servers

to Windows 2000 or higher, and all of your workstations to Windows

2000/XP or higher. NT 4.0 compatibility would have been nice since most

environments are not fully upgraded to Windows 2000 or higher, but

TaskList takes advantage of features of the operating system that were

not available natively until the release of Windows 2000.

Next week I will introduce another new utility that complements TaskList

by giving you the ability to kill any of the processes running on your


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