How to Change a Process Name on Windows Task Manager

By Ruri Ranbe

If a program listed in the "Processes" section of Windows Task Manager has a blank "Description" field, you can change the name of the process to help you better identify which program it is. To change the name of a process in Task Manager, you only need to change the name field displayed in the program's properties.

Step 1

Right-click an empty space on the taskbar. Click "Task Manager." Click the "Processes" tab.

Step 2

Click "Image Name" to sort the processes alphabetically. Right-click the process you want to rename, then click "Properties."

Step 3

Right-click the process once again, then click "End Process." Click "End Process" once again.

Step 4

Return to the "Properties" window. Select the "General" tab. Erase the name of the process, but leave the file extension.

Step 5

Enter into the box the name you want to change the process to. Do not change or delete the file extension.

Step 6

Click "Apply," then "OK," to change the process name.