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    Task Manager Questions (WIN XP Pro SR-1)

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    When I boot my newer computer running XP Pro and check Task Manager, under "Processes" there are 22 processes running. "PF Usage" is about 72mb. my question is, to keep my machine running lean, are 22 processes alot, and can/should this number be reduced to run more efficiently? It's a little different that the older versions of Windows where I had only 4 or 6 programs running. Can anyone explain?
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    Re: Task Manager Questions (WIN XP Pro SR-1)

    I have 27 processes running on my machine at this time. I don't think you can make a good comparison between XP and the older Windows versions, since they are a much different program, sharing the same Windows xx name.

    You MAY be able to trim some of them by going into Start>programs>administrative tools>services, and CAREFULLY reviewing the list of services running there. You can enable or disable them from this window. For example, if you don't use any wireless devices, you can disable the reference to wireless services. By right clicking on each line item, you can set the parameters to Automatic|manual|disable.

    Check out a more detailed description of each service item at: SERVICES

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    Re: Task Manager Questions (WIN XP Pro SR-1)

    You can also get some very good info and orientation as to how to end some of these services, better stopped at the services list than msconfig, if you have that option here:

    Windows XP Services Explained Black Viper

    Optimize Windows TSS with Black Viper

    Post 319736: CPU Usage

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    Re: Task Manager Questions (WIN XP Pro SR-1)

    Just thought to add my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> here since I did not see anyone say "that's normal." Because of services and the completely different design of Windows XP when compared to Windows 98, you are going to see more things running. Part of the reason is because Windows XP tells you about them and Windows 98 did not report everything. If you look on the Processes tab as opposed to the Applications tab, you will see a remarkable difference.

    Should it be reduced? Well, that is not as easy as you would think. If your computer is running without problems, no slowdowns or other odd behaviour, leave well enough alone. I have no less than 40 some odd processes running at any given time, and it is as lean as I prefer it to be. 22 processes is not that high a number in a Windows XP environment. It is true that there are some services running that you have no need of, so you can play around and see what happens. Some folks like to kill everything they can, and I am no fan of useless processes running, but there is a distinct difference between need and desire.

    PF (Page File) usage will vary. Your page file settings can be tweaked also, but there is no "one size fits all" for setting it up. The optimal configuration for your system depends greatly upon how you use it. For gaming, every last bit of performance can help. If you check email, surf the web, use general applications and so forth, it is not as critical.

    Hope that helps, feel free to ask away if you have more questions!
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    Re: Task Manager Questions (WIN XP Pro SR-1)

    Very good point. I have still have 39-40 normally running and I try to hawk what runs and what starts all the time, and not let some processes run at startup that I use but don't need running at startup. Many will want to do that I find, and you have only to click them to use them. Sometimes also, once you do open applications, they are going to want to stay running at start. Some people have a problem on ng's with the new Adobe 6 Reader that after they close it they will still see an entry on Task Mgr. running and sucking considerable average and peak CPU so it pays to watch Task Manager and correlate it with how your machine is running and managing clock cycles.

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    Re: Task Manager Questions (WIN XP Pro SR-1)

    I agree with Mark, I do NOT waste much time in trying to run a CLEAN group of Processes as long as the system(s) are running fine.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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