The Windows Task Manager is the system’s default application to manage processes on the operating system. When you start the program, you are presented with a list of running processes, their cpu and memory utilization, the user that started the process, and a description. If you want, you can add more information to the listing.
What most users do not know is that it also provides access to other options, for instance to change the priority of a process, or the cpu affinities.
Task Manager replacements like Daphne on the other hand often provide access to a larger feature set that the Windows Task Manager does not provide its users with.
The Daphne interface looks on first glance very similar to that of the default task manager. There are however differences, like the default display of the process path, or the peak memory use of the application. There is also a process picker (the cross mark) that you can drag and drop on application windows to identify and highlight the process in the task manager.
The drag and drop tool can be modified to kill a process or change the window’s alpha level.
You can also display a process hierarchy tree in the program window that is displaying parent and children processes for easier identification.
Another interesting feature becomes available when you right-click a process in the program window. You can load a website with additional information about the process. While you may not find information about all existing processes, you will find information for the majority of them which can help you identify them properly.
A click on a process displays threads, modules and other values that developers may be interested in.
Daphne is a handy program that is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system.