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Thread: GnomeTip: Standard Processes
2001-11-26, 15:25 #1ileacyGuest
GnomeTip: Standard Processes
Looking at this LockerGnome tip, my reactions were <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> and <img src=/S/trophy.gif border=0 alt=trophy width=15 height=15>. "TASKLIST /SVC" can be very useful in tracing services. Would certainly have made some other troubleshooting I was doing simpler. One of those commands that make your XP experience richer.
"One of the features I appreciate most about Windows 2000 and XP is the simple way users can summon the Task Manager. A right-click on the taskbar is all you need to do. XPers bent on instant gratification can give a three-fingered salute. No doubt this was remapped to curb the 9xer's learning curve. Yep. There's a list of running processes. But are any of them safe to close? Be careful! Some of those suckers are critical; closing the wrong one could hose your OS. Click View | Select Columns | and put a checkmark in the PID (Process Identifier) field. Now, let's go through them. Services.exe (208) handles: AppMgmt, Browser, Dhcp, dmserver, Dnscache, Eventlog, lanmanserver, LanmanWorkstation, LmHosts, Messenger, PlugPlay, ProtectedStorage, seclogon, TrkWks, W32Time, and Wmi. That's a mouthful, eh? Well, each one of those components takes care of a different part of the operating system (yet they're all under the same process). Need to know what else is going on inside? Click Start | Run and enter: "CMD" (sans quotes). Now, if you're in Win2k, at the command prompt, enter: "TLIST -S" (sans quotes). If you're running WinXP, at the command prompt, enter: "TASKLIST /SVC" (sans quotes). Remember, you can use that vertical scroll bar to view bumped command screen data. You couldn't do that in 9x, ya know. "