This article will show you how to get the Windows 7 old task manager back in Windows 8.

In Windows 8 Microsoft introduced Metro User Interface (now known as Modern or Windows 8 interface), which definitely has many differences with its predecessors ( Windows 7, Vista, XP) and most of these new features are no doubt much better. Windows 8 comes with a new Task Manager.

Old and new Task Manager in Windows 8

In this new Task Manager, App History, Start Upand Details Tabs are added while Applications and Windows Tabs have been removed. These two Task Managers have their differences, and both have advantages in their place. Like, Windows 7 old Task Manager is much easier to manage for general users. So, if you want to Get back old Task Manager (Windows 7 style), then follow the instructions below.

Steps to Get back old Task Manager (Windows 7)

1. First of all download This Attachment and unrar it. There are two folders in that .rar file.

2. If you are using 32-bit operating system then select x86 folder or if you are using 64-bit Operating System then select x64 folder and move the folder to C:\ drive or any other location.

3. Now, open the folder and right-click on tm.exe file and select Send to -> Desktop to create a shotcut for it.

Old Task Manager shortcut created

Now, you can see the Old Task Manager shortcut icon in your Desktop. Double-click on it to launch old (Windows 7) style Task Manager.


Nick is a Software Engineer. He has interest in gadgets and technical stuffs. If you are facing any problem with your Windows, feel free to ask him.


  1. It’s all well and good to have the old task manager back. But this does not solve the problem with Msconfig. You can no longer enable or disable startup items. The new task manager was designated for it. Now what?

      • Nick

        You can do that with Windows 8 task manager. But you cannot do it with the old task manager, which is what you article is about. By using the Windows 7 TM in Windows 8, you are effectively eliminating any ability to change startup items since Windows 8 Msconfig no longer does it.

        • Here in this tutorial you are not replacing any system file. If you follow this tutorial.. Old (Windows 7) and new (Windows 8) both Task managers can be accessed side by side. Old task manager will be launched if you click on the shortcut file. Press ctrl+alt+dlt and select Task Manager, it will launch the new Windows 8 Task manager. So, both of them can be accessed.


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