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04-Oct-2006, 10:25 PM #1
Average number of processes running
I was just wondering what is an average number of processes running after restart before you start anything else up. I usually have around 44 running and this seems excessive. I would love to know what a minimum number of processes is to run Windows XP. If you have an idea, please let me know.

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04-Oct-2006, 10:55 PM #2
...I have 42 processes running, but I'm not an expert... the big dudes should come along soon and give you the dope on that...
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05-Oct-2006, 12:23 PM #3
You still seem to be in the safety zone.
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05-Oct-2006, 02:27 PM #4
Hmmm. Counting Opera and Outlook, I still only have 31 processes running.
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05-Oct-2006, 04:50 PM #5
What can I say, I'm a process hog!
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05-Oct-2006, 07:24 PM #6
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i have 42 on my winxp but i have mcafee center and thats 7 or 8 items.
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05-Oct-2006, 07:54 PM #7
That is not an excessive number of processes. On the one xp system I have here I believe there are 28 running, however I am the opposite of John I dislike a lot of things running.
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06-Oct-2006, 07:06 AM #8
"I would love to know what a minimum number of processes is to run Windows XP. If you have an idea, please let me know."

It depends on how you are using your system. Eliminatiing for the sake of a lower number is not wise. Be sure to keep track of what you do, so if later there are problems you can recover with some trial and error.

You may find this reference helpful: http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm#Services

Here is a list of removals I a made on the advice of a competent TSG poster:

Ati Hotkey, screen resolution changes via hotkey. If you don't use Disable.
Computer Browser, no network no need Disable
Error Reporting, send dumps to MS? I think not. Set to Manual
Fast User Switching. Only have one user set up (not counting Admin)? Disable
INCD Helper. Only needed when using INCD. Set to Manual
Infrared Monitor. Doubt if you have one. Disable
Remote Registry. Let people change registry rmotely, doubt it!. Disable
Secondary Logon, unlikley to use/need. Disable
Server. No network? Disable
TCP/IP Netbios. No Local Network, Dangerous with dial up. Disable
Terminal Services. Not needed. Disable
Wireless Zero Aquisition. No wireless. Disable

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06-Oct-2006, 09:37 AM #9
Unless it's creating a problem, I don't spend any time worrying about it. I do have a few background tasks running.

SnagIT (screen capture)
Carbonite (online backup)
UltraVNC
SpeedFan
PhraseExpress (clipboard manager)
Remind-Me (scheduling calender)
NDAS driver for MultiMedia box
CyberPower (UPS monitor)
AVG (anti-virus)
Logitech WEBcam
UltraMon (dual monitor support)
Cobian Backup
Windows Defender

And probably a couple I didn't think of.
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