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How To Reset Task Manager To It's Default State

The Windows Task Manager, Is native to the Windows platform and Is a very useful utility to both perform and monitor an array of tasks on your computer. For Instance, you can view all active processes running In the background, terminate those that you don't need and the list goes on. You can also customize It according to your needs, however sometimes you may wish to start fresh again, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to reset Task Manager to It's default state.

Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to In terms of customizing Task Manager. Once you've executed It, go to the Details tab, right-click on any column name and choose Select columns as shown below.

From there, you can check all or some of the columns that you want to appear In Task Manager.

Whatever the reason may be, If you want to simply return Task Manager as per It's default state, I will demonstrate how to do this with Incredible ease. I shall use a neat little Registry file, that will automatically add the entries to the Windows Registry, and reset Task Manager thereafter.

I have provided the download links to the Registry file at the end of this article. The process Is extremely simple, so without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:

Firstly, I will show you the effects of customizing my Windows 10 Task Manager. I've selected the Details tab, and every column outlined In red, Is not defaulted and has been personally added.

Step Two:

Upon selecting the Processes tab, the only column available Is Memory. For the purpose of this tutorial, I've removed every other column.

Step Three:

We'll now reset Task Manager to It's default state, by double-clicking the Reset Task Manager.reg file. It will prompt whether to add the entries to the Windows Registry, so hit Yes.

Step Four:

A message will be returned, confirming that the entries have been successfully added to the Registry, so click OK to finalize the process.

Step Five:

I've now executed Task Manager and as you can see, It's back to Its default state. Let's check It out further, by clicking on More details.

Step Six:

In contrast to Task Manager In Step Two above, the default columns have been restored.

Last Step:

Upon navigating to the Details tab, the same applies to the columns outlined In red. Perfect! My Task Manager has been restored.

Final Thoughts:

It doesn't get much easier than this, does It? This tweak comes to very good use, If you've applied quite a number settings to Task Manger and for one reason or another, cannot manually reverse all changes. Moreover, given that the entries are automatically added to the Windows Registry, there's very little to no chance of corruption.

Use any of the links below to download the aforementioned Registry files.

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