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Too many processes active - how can I manage this

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Tom S, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Tom S

    Tom S Flightless Bird

    My Task Manager shows 80 to 100 processes are active. How do I know which
    ones I can shut down? How do I prevent this many processes from becoming
    active in the future? There must be a smarter way of managing my PC
    resources, but I don't know where to turn. Any suggestions are most
    appreciated.
     
  2. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    Tom S wrote:
    > My Task Manager shows 80 to 100 processes are active. How do I know which
    > ones I can shut down? How do I prevent this many processes from becoming
    > active in the future? There must be a smarter way of managing my PC
    > resources, but I don't know where to turn. Any suggestions are most
    > appreciated.


    Do a search on the internet for the running processes and find out what
    they are for. Sites like these have good information on a number of
    processes:

    Answers That Work - Task List Programs
    http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm

    Windows XP x86 (32-bit) Service Pack 3 Service Configurations by Black Viper
    http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

    Services Guide for Windows XP
    http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm

    Runscanner Public process list
    http://www.runscanner.net/filelist.aspx?l=a

    Startup Applications List
    http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php

    John
     
  3. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 23 Mar 2010 05:51:02 -0700, Tom S <Tom
    S@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    > My Task Manager shows 80 to 100 processes are active. How do I know which
    > ones I can shut down? How do I prevent this many processes from becoming
    > active in the future? There must be a smarter way of managing my PC
    > resources, but I don't know where to turn. Any suggestions are most
    > appreciated.




    My advice is not to attempt to shut any of them down. The number is
    slightly high, but not extraordinarily so. Shutting down processes is
    more likely to get you into trouble than doing anything good for you.

    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  4. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Modify your startup folder. Don't load programs not needed at bootup and
    then check the number of processes.
    Also try shutting down malware programs and then check number of processes.
    "Tom S" <Tom S@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:C07B0601-3041-4CAC-8448-C756213DE64E@microsoft.com...
    > My Task Manager shows 80 to 100 processes are active. How do I know which
    > ones I can shut down? How do I prevent this many processes from becoming
    > active in the future? There must be a smarter way of managing my PC
    > resources, but I don't know where to turn. Any suggestions are most
    > appreciated.
     
  5. db

    db Flightless Bird

    one method to see which
    processes are vital for
    windows and those that are
    not is to launch windows in
    safe mode.

    you will likely see a much
    shorter list of processes in
    safe mode than in normal
    mode.

    this is because superfluous
    processes are not loaded
    in safe mode.

    these superfluous processes
    are the result of third party
    applications that run at
    windows normal startup.

    a method to reduce superfluous
    processes is to disable third
    party applications that are not
    necessary to run at startup but
    configure themselves to do so.

    basically one of the few programs
    that should run at windows startup
    is your antivirus program.

    all else should be started manually
    and at your convenience.
    --

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    >
    >


    "Tom S" <Tom S@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:C07B0601-3041-4CAC-8448-C756213DE64E@microsoft.com...
    > My Task Manager shows 80 to 100 processes are active. How do I know which
    > ones I can shut down? How do I prevent this many processes from becoming
    > active in the future? There must be a smarter way of managing my PC
    > resources, but I don't know where to turn. Any suggestions are most
    > appreciated.
     

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