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WinTasks 4 Professional
Page 2 - More & Conclusion
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: May 28, 2002
Category: Software
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The next feature on the list is the Modules window. This is probably the most straight forward. You select a process, click the modules button, and magically a list of all the modules that process is using appear. That is pretty much all that feature does.

Modules window
Modules window
Stats Window
Stats Window

The statistics feature is just as simple as the modules feature. Clicking on it produces a window with a memory and CPU usage graph. Within the Statistics you can choose between four different time scales: 1 minute, 10 minutes, 2 hours, and 24 hours. Also, you can scroll your mouse along the horizontal axis of the graph and WinTasks will report the information at a particular point in time from both graphs.

The most impressive feature that comes with WinTasks 4, in my opinion, is the scripting feature. The scripting feature allows you to write VB style scripts that do various things based on various process properties. For instance, I have a sample code in the below screen shot that shows a code that will decrease the priority of a process that has "XXX" in the name of it. One could substitute the command "dec" with "stop" and it would kill the process. Something like this would work well with a small workgroup sever that functions as a workstation too. Then the admin could write a script that would give all server functions precedence over any user processes. The set of actions is pretty small, but should get the job done.

The pr0n script
The pr0n script
Stats Window
Stats Window

Last, but not least, we have the Logging window. It allows you to view the log of all the processes, windows, and modules. You can also filter out (or in) added or removed items. I think the level of detail put into this logging feature is pretty good; it should provide administrators an extra level of snooping if they do not already have it in place.

In conclusion, I'd like to note that while this product is not ground breaking, it is a solid product with a good amount of value to offer. I think this product will be most beneficial to admins running pre-Windows 2000 operating systems, as it will add a lot of functionality they did not have before. However, that is not to say that Windows 2000 or XP users will not get any use out of it.

If this seems like a product that might be of some use to you, you can pick it up at LIUtilities.com. You can order the CD or you can just download it right off their site if you choose not to wait the length of time it takes to ship a product from Sweden. Anyway, WinTasks 4 is deserving of a solid score because it is a solid product.

Final Score

4 out of 5 Weird Blue Faces

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