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    Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    I read a piece on processes and "cleaning them up" to better your PC performance. Rumor has it that you're looking for no more than 35 or so running at one time.

    The link to same is Process Cleanup .

    I have 80 or so.

    Two questions:

    Is the premise here valid, and is there any "helper app" for such things that is pretty good to use?

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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    Hi Chuck,

    I have just a few less processes running than you, 76.

    To me, running 35 would seem to be low. But there again, I do have a lot of applications and perhaps a dozen or so could be disabled but I do not appear to be having any performance issues. I am running an Intel P4-3.4Ghz processor with 2GB of DDR2 memory.

    Regarding a "helper-app". I run WinPatrol which is a very useful utility. There are two versions available... a freebie and a Plus version which is a paid subscription with one nice feature. The cost is a one-time fee with lifetime upgrades included. More information can be found here.

    HTH

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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    Bob:

    The info does help, thanks. I certainly am no experienced person in this area, although it just seemed strange to have, for instance, 6+ copies of svchost.exe all running at the same time, all with different sizes etc., so I thought I better ask around before messing around...

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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    There are lots of articles on the internet about svchost, such as this Microsoft one, so tread carefully when you attempt to stamp out supposed inefficiencies...

    Even the LockerGnome article to which you point says:
    [i]For example, svchost.exe is a common process that is part of Windows and if you search Google you will see that it is the
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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    John:

    Thanks, I'll check that one out... No, I'm not going to get overly ambitious this go-round... I just may exercise some caution and check this one out first and well.. Just seemed curious is all, what with all the times one deals with conflicting versions and what not...

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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    Is there any "helper app" for such things that is pretty good to use?

    Chuck,

    I didn't see any "helper applications" that were good for a user - all of them are some kind of advertisement or your habits monitoring. From this point of view - they are good, but not for you. Usually anty-spyware programs recognize and remove such "freebies".

    You can check your running processes by yourself on such websites as ProcessLibrary.com, TaskList.org and many other - they propose recommendations how to manage a process. To me, 80 processes is too much; on my computer, there are less than 40 running in the "idle state" (when no programs are running).

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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

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    there are less than 40 running in the "idle state" (when no programs are running).
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    Is that with no (or few) tray items?

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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    Chuck,
    Just for info purposes, I have 37 running as we "converse".
    9 tray "items".

    My guide lines are to keep the ratio of Available Memory and System Cache at about 50% each of the Total Physical Memory ( K ) This is under the Performance tab in Task Manager. More available memory being a better ratio. IMHO.

    i agree with John as to leaving the svchost processes alone
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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    Bob:

    Just from the standpoint of physical memory, I don't have to worry too much... all seem to be well below 50%... And I think you're right to leave the processes alone till I'm a lot more familiar...

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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    I've found Process Scanner to be handy. It integrates directly into Task Manager and takes you straight to a description of the selected process, at ProcessLibrary.com - The online resource for process information!

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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    Alan,
    I just noticed a difference between the info on your Task Manager and mine.
    I don't show a user name?
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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    Yes, it sure does help. User name is back.
    By the description of terminal Services, it doesn't sound like I would need it but what do I know?
    You came through again, Hans.
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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    Tinkering just because you think you might improve performance is not worth the effort. More important is how you PC 'feels' under normal usage. If it is stable and running well don't mess with it.

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    Re: Excessive Processes (WinXP SP-2)

    Thanks to all for the help...

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