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    Task Manager / Processes (SP2)

    When I open "Task Manager/Processes" at bottom left it shows " Processes:51 I was told that this is way too many. Is this true? If so how do I know what processes I can end safely? Most of the abbreviations mean nothing to me, and I do not want to end something that will cause big problems.

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    Re: Task Manager / Processes (SP2)

    I wouldn't worry about this unless you have a performance problem.
    The PC on which I am typing this reply shows Processes:80 and it feels quite responsive.

    StuartR

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    Re: Task Manager / Processes (SP2)

    And I've got 64 running right now, so I counted the ones with MY username and they're about half. Even though you may not recognize a program name, most of the time if you check the name you find out it IS in fact something you know about, like an antivirus program or some such program that you WANT to be running. Try this. Click the column heading called CPU twice and then watch System Idle percentage. Hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised, confirming what Stuart said.

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    Re: Task Manager / Processes (SP2)

    And here I was grumbling when an install of a program increased my running processes at idle from 23 to 24. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    Seriously though, the situation can differ quite a bit between PCs; another PC I use (but don't administer) has around 50-55 processes, and as Stuart said there is no thing such as too many if the PC is working and as responsive as one would like. For example, a XP Home PC has 5 svchost.exe processes by default and Pro has 6, I think. And if I start a simple thing as Paint on a Home system, another svchost process, hosting the WIA (Windows Image Acquisition) service, start and keeps running until the next reboot.

    To the OP, gmnaz, I would say (beside Al's tip to look at CPU column to confirm idle percentage) that the process tab is a bit difficult place to start with in this endeavour to maybe reduce running programs and processes. Some programs may use more than one process. First: killing a process will not stop it from running the next time the PC is booted, secondly: it can be a bit hard to trace the program via the Process tab. Typically one would like to start with looking at programs that start with the PC, then see if it is indeed desirable and possible to turn off this "auto run" feature inside the program.

    Programs that may be to some help (Sysinternals, MSFT):
    Autoruns, shows an exhaustive list of everything running at boot time, typically you would like to hide Microsoft entries (to get a cleaner view and not disable something "OS-important" by mistake), see options menu. Otherwise look at Logon tab.

    Process Explorer can help you get a better picture of which processes that are running and what they do.

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    Re: Task Manager / Processes (SP2)

    BlackViper has done a good job on documenting the services in Windows XP and its editions. But the focus (last time I read it more thoroughly) is on Windows' services (and some added by third party). Still I think it is good of you to mention the site, and what it can add to the understanding of Windows.

    However, the services do not generate so many processes running; a core amount, and I would say most of them, shouldn't be disabled; and last: a bunch of them, 26 services, are running via just one process, so changing to disabled or manual for a service maybe wouldn't decrease the amount of processes as desired.

    Since OS installation my processes (in Normal mode), measured at start (5 min. idle), has gone from 17 to 24, and that is by adding programs most people would use: AV and firewall etc.

    When we are in the range around 40-80 processes, I would say either a) it isn't a number of processes running idle at start, i.e. some programs have been started manually, it's showing working load, or you or the OEM have installed quite a number of different applications that run at start. I mean, if I look at a PC at the University i find update managers running in the tray (Notification Area, whatever) for things such as InstallShield. Great! An update manger for an installation tool! Then there are bunches of programs installed. As an example at home; my Logitech laser mouse has drivers and accompanying programs to install, but every button works without them, except the tilt wheel function, so one can always decide if something is worth to have running.

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    Re: Task Manager / Processes (SP2)

    Thank You all very much, I will proceed with caution. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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