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    Disabling background tasks and program startups (XP SP1)

    My son has just installed XP SP1, and has read somewhere that he can create a second user with background tasks and program startup disabled. He wishes to do this to free up CPU usage and RAM, as he does DVD authoring and uses heavy-duty music applications. Is this possible, and if so, how can he set the second user up?
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    Re: Disabling background tasks and program startups (XP SP1)

    He can set up a second or more users, but ONLY one user can be active at a time.

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    Re: Disabling background tasks and program startups (XP SP1)

    Dianne, Have your son do some reading at http://www.blackviper.com. He's got detailed information on what services are absolutely required and also installation guides for XP.

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    Re: Disabling background tasks and program startup

    He may want to check into setting up an alternate hardware profile, if he is trying to kill off as much as he can.
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    Re: Disabling background tasks and program startups (XP SP1)

    Dianne

    My first thought would be to suggest you had lots of RAM in the PC. XP runs very nicely for half-a-dozen or so normal tasks in 512 MB, but if you have some heavy applications you might want to use 1 GB. (Set Task Manager running and look at the numbers in the Performance tab, Physical Memory and Commit Charge, to see how well it's running when he does DVD authoring and music).

    I wouldn't think that having a second userid whose processes are mostly inactive (as they will more-or-less be) will use much of the CPU.
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