Microsoft Management Console. A massively irritating piece of software that you have no choice but to use to manage most of Microsoft’s latter system products (SQL Server, Exchange server, and more...). At the time of writing, 23-Jan-2003, there is nothing we like about Microsoft’s Management Console. First it’s slow. Second, it’s slow. Third, it’s slow. You can’t have it open in Maximised mode, you always have to maximise it manually. It won’t remember your column widths. It won’t remember your column rearrangements, it won’t remember your sort order, etc.., etc.. It is an incredible time waster, yet you are stuck with having to use it, and more often than you realise – when you are in any Administrative Tool in Windows 2000/XP, such as "Computer Management", that is what you are using and that is why it appears in your Task List. Can you ever remember wasting soooo much time managing system stuff in Windows 95/98/ME ? Of course not. Who wrote this MMC rubbish ??!!
As explained above, it is an integral part of Windows 2000/XP and opens up when you are using any Administrative Tool, that is why it shows in the Task List. However sometimes, because of bugs, it remains in the Task List even though you have no management window open anywhere. When it does it consumes memory (but not CPU time) – you can End Task on it.