Backup Task Manager Settings in Windows 10

Windows 8 and Windows 10 have a new Task Manager app. It looks completely different compared to Windows 7's Task Manager and has different features. It can analyze the performance of various hardware components and also shows you all the processes running in your user session. It is possible to backup Task Manager settings Backup in order to transfer them to another user account or Windows 10 PC, or before making a change in its options. Here is how.


Windows 10's Task Manager has some nice features, like a performance graph and startup impact calculation. It is able to control which apps launch during startup. There is a special tab "Startup" which is designed to manage startup apps.
Task Manager Default Columns

Tip: You can save your time by creating a special shortcut to open the Task Manager directly on the Startup tab.

Also, it is possible to make Task Manager show the command line of apps on the Processes, Details and Startup tabs. When enabled, it will allow you to quickly see which folder an app is launched from what its command line arguments are. For reference, see the article

Show Command Line in Windows 10 Task Manager

To backup Task Manager settings in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Close the Task Manager app if you have it running.
  2. Open the Registry Editor app.
  3. Go to the following Registry key.HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TaskManager

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.Windows 10 Backup Task Manager Settings

  4. Right-click on the TaskManager key on the right and select Export from the context menu.Windows 10 Backup Task Manager Settings 2
  5. In the next dialog, browse for the folder where you want to store your Task Manager options, and type the file name, e.g. TaskManagerSettings.regWindows 10 Backup Task Manager Settings 3
  6. Your Task Manager options are now saved to the TaskManagerSettings.reg file.

Restore Task Manager Settings in Windows 10

  1. Close the Task Manager app if you have it running.
  2. Double-click on the file TaskManagerSettings.reg.
  3. Confirm the operation and the UAC prompt.
  4. Now you can open the Task Manager app.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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