@Carol: yup, that slowness is inexcusable.
The first thing I do on a new installation of any Windows version is replacing the task manager with a tool called 'Process Explorer' from SysInternals.
Thanks Shade. I use process explorer too from time to time -- especially when I need to find out what's keeping my external storage busy. It's always installed on my various machines. However, I (used to) launch taskmanager to rapidly kill tasks or check ram/cpu usage of certain processes, etc. like most mere mortals. Process Explorer, while great, used to be slower --as in a few noticeable seconds slower. Now it's different though... Not because it's quicker, but because Task Manager has become unbearably
Mine takes a while when the processor is under load. I haven't tried yet b/c I don't really use it that much (I use process explorer), but have you tried to increase the priority of task manager?
By using e.g. "start /high" ? Or by using the Prio
utilitty (just found it by googling) ?
You're right, it seems very slow loading the first time. But bring it up again and it's faster the second and subsequent times.
My experience is that it doesn't take too long before a re-run is slow again. And just remains slow, no matter how many times I rerun it. No idea what does that. Maybe atmospheric humidity.