Use Windows 7 but want the Windows 8 task manager? Here is your download

We know that there are many of you who have no desire to upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7. We also know that if you use Windows 7 you are likely drooling over the Windows 8 task manager, as it is light-years ahead of what Windows 7 currently offers.

If you want to get a flavor of that task manager in Windows 7, hit the source link below as forum member Hanrui has posted download links to the task manager that he is currently creating for Windows 7. We should note that the application is not fully stable yet, so you may encounter a few issues when using the program.

The good news here is that this task manager does not replace the existing task manager in Windows 7, so you can install the application without fear of nuking your current task manager. 

The name of the file is DBCTaskman and if that name sounds familiar, it's because this is the same person who created the DBCShell.exe with Vista like clock for XP many years ago.

Download: DBCTaskman x64 | x86

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I use Windows 7 style TM in 8 - i hate the 8 one as it does not bring nothing new except interface. The old one is better structured.

Interesting turnabout--having a third-party developer to make a Windows-8 feature available to Windows-7 users. A much better approach would have been for Microsoft to make Window-7 functionality available in Windows-8, even as an option on installation. Hint--Windows-7 UI, Start Button, Start Menu.

ChrisJ1968 said,
I found an issue. seems like the taskmanager isn't coded or doesn't show usage over multicore systems just as one whole cpu

You can right-click the CPU graph and change it to Logical processors to show individual graphs for each thread.

It would be nice if you could link back to the actual thread instead of just the download links

DAOWAce said,
Who in their right mind would want to use the Windows 8 task manager?

It's actually fairly decent, especially over the previous versions... personally I much prefer Process Explorer or Hacker, but for an out of the box option or for those who don't need the extra functionality, it's quite good.

DAOWAce said,
Who in their right mind would want to use the Windows 8 task manager?

Yeah who wants a better task manager. Who needs to see more information about what is currently running. Yeah what a piece of crap!

DAOWAce said,
Who in their right mind would want to use the Windows 8 task manager?

You clearly have never used it which negates your idiotic remark. It and Win8 file copy are so much better than Win7.

Cyborg_X said,

You clearly have never used it which negates your idiotic remark. It and Win8 file copy are so much better than Win7.


you got proof? before i believe you, i'd like some kind of proof.

soldier1st said,
you got proof? before i believe you, i'd like some kind of proof.

Sheesh just try it. (How do you prove something that's personal preference?) Love or hate 8, the updated file copy system is something that's been sorely needed for a loooong time, had to result to third party addons to do similar and it's still a better setup. Same goes for the task manager, not as full featured as some others that are available but it's still significantly better than what was previously available out of the box, especially for the home user.

soldier1st said,

you got proof? before i believe you, i'd like some kind of proof.

Proof? Have you seen file copy and task manager on Windows 8? Compared to Windows 7? There isn't much to debate... it's clearly a massive improvement.

bitflusher said,
The taskmanager is ok but how to integrate the awsome Windows 8 file copy dialog in Windows 7?

Upgrade to Windows 8 would be the best way.

Mulsivaas said,

Upgrade to Windows 8 would be the best way.

Same with the new task manager. Loving the new desktop UI on my Windows 8. On my desktop. Without touch. On a dual screen 30" setup. Using a keyboard and mouse. Yes, Windows 8.