I got a challenge when trying to add some columns in the task manager under processes in a deployment for a colleague.
He wanted to automatize so that every one got the same task manager view. I started out searching for scripts that would do this for me. Could not find any. Okay, so I am on my own again trying to figure this one out. I fired up Process monitor to try to figure out what happens when I change columns. I changed the filter to show only Operation equals RegSetValue. I then started the monitoring and changed the layout of the task manager, but then nothing showed up in Process monitor. That was strange. I then thought about other applications that actually does not write anything to the registry until they are closed. So I repeated the whole thing and closed the task manager. And there it was. I found the registry keys that controls the layout of the task manager.
It was the following keys:
And of course this is binary so the easiest way is just to make the changes, remember to close the task manager and then export the keys. (editing binary values directly is hard!)
So now you can just import this settings to either the default profile or run the import during logon or add it to your build image…… I leave that up to your preferred method.
Hope this helps someone that want to customize the task manager.