Restore the Old Task Manager in Windows 11 22H2

Windows 11 version 22H2 (and above) comes with a redesigned Task Manager. The new Task Manager has additional features, such as a new command bar, UI matching the system-wide theme, Efficiency mode to limit the resource usage of a process, etc.

new 22h2 task manager windows 11
Windows 11 22H2 – the new Task Manager

However, the menu bar has been removed in the new Task Manager. This is a big letdown for those who rely heavily on keyboard shortcuts.

In the old Task Manager interface, you could press Alt + F and then press Enter to start a new task. The hotkey is now changed; it’s now Alt + N. Though it’s one keypress less, it takes time to get used to it, mainly since we’ve been accustomed to the old interface for years.

Let’s see how to get back the older (21H2) version of Task Manager in Windows 11 22H2 and above.

Get Back Legacy TaskMgr in Windows 11 22H2

To get back the old version of Task Manager in Windows 11, try these steps:

Replacing Task Manager using Script

Download Old_Taskmgr.zip and extract the files to a folder.

Restores old Task Manager in Windows 11 22H2 and above

The archive contains the following items: (See File Details & the Hash Checksum for each file.)

  • Taskmgr.exe.mui
  • Taskmgr.exe
  • Taskmgr.exe.mun
  • replace_taskmgr.vbs
  • undo.vbs

Double-click the VBScript file “replace_taskmgr.vbs“. This script file copies Taskmgr.* files as Taskmgr2.* under the following directory and subdirectories:

C:\Program Files\Classic Apps\Task Manager

Restores old Task Manager in Windows 11 22H2 and above

That’s it! The Task Manager is now replaced with its older (21H2) version.

Legacy Task Manager user interface



tips bulb iconThe script also adds the debugger registry entry for Taskmgr.exe so launching the original Task Manager (Taskmgr.exe) will launch the legacy Task Manager (Taskmgr2.exe) instead. It works for Ctrl + Shift + Esc as well. If you wish to revert to the original Task Manager, run the Undo script (“undo.vbs”.)


Replacing Task Manager manually

To replace Task Manager manually instead of using the script, follow these steps:

Step 1: Copy files

  1. Download Old_Taskmgr.zip and extract the files to a folder.
  2. Rename all the Taskmgr.* files to Taskmgr2.* — E.g., Taskmgr.exe to Taskmgr2.exe.
  3. Create the following directories:
    C:\Program Files\Classic Apps\Task Manager\Program
    C:\Program Files\Classic Apps\Task Manager\Program\en-US
    C:\Program Files\Classic Apps\Task Manager\System Resources
  4. Copy Taskmgr2.exe to:
    C:\Program Files\Classic Apps\Task Manager\Program

    task manager classic apps folder

  5. Copy Taskmgr.exe2.mui to:
    C:\Program Files\Classic Apps\Task Manager\Program\en-US
  6. Copy Taskmgr.exe2.mun to:
    C:\Program Files\Classic Apps\Task Manager\System Resources

Step 2: Replace Taskmgr.exe in the registry

  1. Launch regedit.exe and go to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
  2. Create a subkey named “taskmgr.exe” if it doesn’t already exist.
  3. Next, create a “Debugger” string value in the right pane.
  4. Double-click “Debugger” and type the path to Taskmgr2.exe within double quotes.
    registry replace taskmgr.exe debugger
  5. Exit the Registry Editor.

That’s it. Task Manager has been replaced now.


File information

The Zip archive contains the Task Manager files extracted from the C:\Windows.old directory within 10 days of the upgrade.

Alternatively, the files Taskmgr.exe, Taskmgr.exe.mui, and Taskmgr.exe.mun can be extracted by downloading the 21H2 version of Windows 11 ISO and opening the install.wim file using 7-Zip. For more information, see the article Extract Specific Files from Windows ISO.

Here are the details of the Task Manager files included in the above archive. They belong to the Windows 11 21H2 version.

File Name	:  Taskmgr.exe
Verified	:  Signed
Signing date	:  5:08 AM 6/19/2022
Company		:  Microsoft Corporation
Description	:  Task Manager
Product		:  Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Prod version	:  10.0.22000.778
File version	:  10.0.22000.778 (WinBuild.160101.0800)
MachineType	:  64-bit
Internal Name	:  Task Manager
Copyright	:  © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
MD5		:  CE524E3FB425B73E4DC8F7E39AA691C2
SHA1		:  47BC63862D63964AC304F42BBDDF7FC9E54946F4
SHA256		:  C8A82389F871F5863CC9F53149FFBE44C6954BFD33C6FB7F4A13AB663FE520B7
VT detection	:  0/75
VT link		:  https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/c8a82389f871f5863cc9f53149ffbe44c6954bfd33c6fb7f4a13ab663fe520b7/detection

File Name	:  Taskmgr.exe.mui
Company		:  Microsoft Corporation
Description	:  Task Manager
Product		:  Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Prod version	:  10.0.22000.184
File version	:  10.0.22000.184 (WinBuild.160101.0800)
Binary Version	:  10.0.22000.184
Copyright	:  © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
MD5		:  BAEC9AC9A1DB0E6C4A370DC963D7A442
SHA1		:  17D3BAC00AB368D30B3D7D38F094FEF099AC7CB0
SHA256		:  7129ACFBB794C2F54F4A1B07B66FB7A58CB044897B0CED5E09A6EC7199AD8B66
VT detection	:  0/72
VT link		:  https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/7129acfbb794c2f54f4a1b07b66fb7a58cb044897b0ced5e09a6ec7199ad8b66/detection

File Name	:  Taskmgr.exe.mun
Company		:  Microsoft Corporation
Description	:  Task Manager
Product		:  Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Prod version	:  10.0.22000.778
File version	:  10.0.22000.778 (WinBuild.160101.0800)
MachineType	:  32-bit
Binary Version	:  10.0.22000.778
Internal Name	:  Task Manager
Copyright	:  © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
MD5		:  BEE3E8776AA4EED75CE570461BB03509
SHA1		:  876FFC3B409ED09125E3790B618F918380CC68F6
SHA256		:  B80522FE4E6827DFA02359FB73EF9064BC5888B318D53194823CFE68BD226915
VT detection	:  0/74
VT link		:  https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/b80522fe4e6827dfa02359fb73ef9064bc5888b318d53194823cfe68bd226915/detection

I hope that helps! Let’s know your comments.


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

6 thoughts on “Restore the Old Task Manager in Windows 11 22H2”

  1. Amazing. I am looking something for old version print spooler. Is it possible create something like this :-). Thank you so much 🙂

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  2. What Microsoft is doing, is trolling the users. With every new windows version, it becomes more obvious that many changes are not about improving things, but just changing things to make them different. Which is ridiculous. Nobody asked for a worse start menu or a worse taskmanager. It´s like the car industry that is using different screws and new special tools in every new model just to make repairing more difficult. They are all insane and evil.

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