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Be smart about shutdowns

When you shut down an application by clicking the End Task button on the Applications tab, the effect is the same as if you had chosen to shut down the program using its menus or by right-clicking its taskbar button and choosing Close. If the program can respond to the shutdown request, it should prompt you for confirmation or give you a chance to save open files, if necessary. By contrast, the End Process button on the Processes tab zaps a process immediately and irrevocably, closing any open files without giving you a chance to save them . Whenever possible, you should try the End Task option first and reserve the drastic End Process option for situations in which you have no alternative.


Assign a program to a specific processor

If you have a dual-core or multiprocessor system, you can assign a process to a specific processor—but only after the process is already running . To do this, right-click the process on the Processes tab and choose Set Affinity. In the dialog box that appears (shown next), select the processor you want to use. (If all CPUs are selected, Windows sets the process affinity as it sees fit.)

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