Bringing up Task Manager in Windows 8 | 7
1] In Windows XP, you hit CTRL + ALT + DEL key combo to get the Task Manager running ! Things changed with Windows Vista onwards. Now if you hit CTRL+ALT+DEL you see a dialog/screen, from where you can select ‘Start Task Manager’.
2] To bring up the Task Manager directly in Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8, press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC instead. This is the Task Manager shortcut in Wndows 8.
3] In the most recent version of windows – Windows 8, you can also access the Task Manager from the WinX Menu. All you need to do is Press Win+X in combination to bring up the ‘Power Task Menu’. From there, you can select the ‘Task Manager’ option.
4] Goes without saying you can still always simply right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
5] Then again, while on the Start Screen, you can search for Task Manager or Taskmgr.exe and click on it. Use this executable to run it using the Run box or a Command Prompt. Create a desktop shortcut, if you wish! It is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.