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    window task manager-processes (xp)

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    I have attached a screen shot of my task manager- processes....xp is new to me.......had 98 and knew with that how to use msconfig...but this has me spinning....so....can I remove items from this listing....if so which ones....and ....how.....and........do they stay away........also when I use msconfig to go into startup...and want to remove items from there, do I tick selective start up and continue from there?? what has me puzzled is when I do that and untick what I want, and hit apply...I receive a warning or somesuch (sorry can't remember offhand) is this normal.....Okay then.........thats it for me......thanks to everyone that helps....
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    Re: window task manager-processes (xp)

    You could ostensibly remove some of them. This is a pretty sparing list, frankly - about half of what I normally see on my production machines.

    There are processes listed in the Task Manager that are system services, and you can't terminate them from the Task Manager window - you need to stop and/or disable the service. For an exhaustive listing of services and what they do in XP, head over to BlkViper's services configuration page and take a peek.

    The other items you had listed that won't appear in Black Viper's listing are:

    CTFMON: Alternative User Input Services. This is a component of Microsoft Office that seems to have absolutely no value. To get rid of it, you need to remove "Alternative User Input" during Office setup.

    DKService: This is the engine for Diskeeper's defragmentation engine. Not a good idea to kill it, it kind of defeats the purpose of having the software!!

    MSMSGS: This is Microsoft .NET Messenger, which I love to kill every chance I get. Particularly so if you don't use Messenger for chatting. You need to open the program, and disable the "Run when Windows starts" option.

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    Re: window task manager-processes (xp)

    thank you thank you....
    disabled the msmsgs....don't even use it...gonna remove it one of these days. cftmon........its a puzzler....
    I am trying to track down...I do not have msoffice...it has something to do with speech text or somesuch....if you know something about that I would appreciate any input....the DKservice glad you clarified that...wasn't sure what it was...i had been looking at pacs-portals startup list and it wasn't there...so now I know...blkviper's is good will reference it from now on.....
    All is good now...except that cftmon....appreciate all of your help.. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: window task manager-processes (xp)

    CTFMON... you say you're NOT using Office XP? If you're absolutely positive that indicates that it's part of WIndows XP (which wouldn't surprise me a whole lot). At any rate, there is plenty of information at Microsoft's website about this little parasite and how to rid yourself of it. All based around Office XP, I'm afraid - did you buy this system from an OEM with Office pre-installed?
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    Re: window task manager-processes (xp)

    >> its a puzzler....

    See: 282599 : OFFXP: What Is CTFMON and What Does It Do?

    >> i had been looking at pacs-portals startup list ...

    Sorry - but pacs-portal do list it - see below. One thing to remember about that site is you should do a search for what you are looking for - items are not always listed under the entry - or initial letter - you expect.

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    Re: window task manager-processes (xp)

    Mark: Nope, do not have ms office XP. I have microsoft works only. MSworks came preinstalled when I got this new & with XP home installed. I did find some info about ctfmon.exe (which is a wretched parasite like you said) <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15> It has something to do with advanced text services. I have info. now on how to remove it. So by the looks of it, one does not even have to have ms office XP, It affects other areas as well. Thanks for all your help.
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    Leif: Thank you for pointing out that pax-portal did indeed has the info on diskeeper. It is a good site. Between that and black viper I can find anything now. <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> Also, thanks for the link. And about the dots. I did not realize they were making this hard to read. Its a bad habit of mine. (It took forever to type this reply, I had to keep backspacing out my dots.) <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Thank You both for your help.
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    Re: window task manager-processes (xp)

    You're....welcome.... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23>

    Since you have Works, I'd bet that you also have the copy of Word that came with it. Maybe not the full suite of XP applications, but the underlying code is very much the same for many of the Office apps (and horribly disjointed where it should not be, ahem). Since I haven't seen works since the daze of a 386, literally, I'd suggest running the Works setup program, and see if you can de-select the Alternative User Input option somewhere in there.

    I also recall running across a small EXE that would forciblyu remove CTFMON.EXE on the net, but I didn't trust it then and I don't trust it now - seems like pulling a sore tooth with pliers and no anesthetic. Sure, it would probably get the job done, and in the process would leave you in more pain than you deserve. However, it CAN be removed with diligences - so don't give up!
    -Mark

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