How to Use PID in Task Manager


The abbreviation of Product or Process Identification is included in the optional PID column. The Windows operating system provides the identification number to every process when it runs to determine the processes. With the identification number, the operating system no longer relies on the processes names. When a process is given the identification once, the operating system will no re-assign the PID immediately. In this way, the operating system cleverly prevents the errors from occurring.

Here is how to use PID in task manager

Finding the Process Identifiers

The PID of all the running programs can be seen in the Processes, Details and Services sections or tabs under the Task Manager. But it should be noted the PID display is enabled or else you might not be able to see the PID. Also, the PID is disabled in the Processors tab, but the Details and Services tab have the PIDs enabled by default. But don’t worry if PIDs are disabled, and you cannot see it in the Processes tab as you can enable PID in the tab.

  1. Open the Task Manager and go to the Processes tab.
  2. Click the View tab from the top toolbar.
  3. Click Select Columns option from the drop-down menu.
  4. Select PID from the list appeared.
  5. Click Ok.
  6. Now you can select any program in the process tab and check the PID.

Identifying the Similarly Named Processes

Since some programs can be named identical, so the PID keeps the operating system away from mixing the programs. It makes the troubleshooting easier for the applications with the identical name.  That is why the operating system provides the different PIDs for the programs so that it can differentiate between the programs. Once the software distinguishes the two similarly named programs, the Windows will start working upon on the selected one.

Tracks the Processes creating Problems

The PID is very essential to resolving the error or problems created by processes running on the computer. There are some software products which use their different process to work correctly in the system. For example, the web browser products which use their process in the system. The fact to note that each tab running in the web browser gets its individual process a problem in one tab could not affect the other tabs. Hence with a PID, you can determine the which tab is cruising or facing the problem so that you can find the solution for the particular tabs.

Fix the Conflicts between Processes

The processes can conflicts with each other which can consequent the system crash, slow down the performance. Hence the tools like Netstat diagnostics use PIDs to identify the problem creating processes in the system.Netstat successfully determines which processes are conflicting and creating the problem in the system. The tool will suggest the user close either of the programs to prevent the conflict in the system.

The PID is the essential part of Windows as the operating system assigns the identification to every process running in the system. The deification for each process and programs will be unique, and the operating system will refer the PIDs only, to identify the processes and programs are running on the computer. In this way, a lot of conflicts, errors and problem can be prevented, only through referring the PID under Task Manager.

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Harry Williams is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Harry Williams has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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