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Average number of processes running

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sparky222, Oct 4, 2006.

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  1. sparky222

    sparky222 Thread Starter

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    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.

    Thanks,

    Process worrier!
     
  2. Shamou

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    ...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...
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    You still seem to be in the safety zone. :D
     

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    Hmmm. Counting Opera and Outlook, I still only have 31 processes running.
     
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    What can I say, I'm a process hog! :D
     
  6. golferbob

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    i have 42 on my winxp but i have mcafee center and thats 7 or 8 items.
     
  7. crjdriver

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    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.
     
  8. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    "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

    {redoak}
     
  9. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    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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