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Too many processes running (?)

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Blazric, Sep 30, 2008.

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  1. Blazric

    Blazric Thread Starter

    Sep 30, 2008
    Hi everyone,

    At any one time I have approx 60 processes running, even after just booting up my computer. Although I am not a computer expert, this seems like too many to me. I was wondering if anyone could help me by telling me if this definitely is too many to run at once, and if there is some way I can post a list of the running processes and have someone with more knowledge help me get rid of some of them. I have previously had much success using this site with another account which I now forget, but thanks in advance for your replies, this website is great :)
  2. Ingraved


    Sep 30, 2008
    that seems about average as long as none of those processes are using up an enormous amount of resources.
    I can help you reduce some of those though.
    click start menu > Run > type "msconfig" > select startup tab and google the selections there to find out if you need them or not.
  3. shinybeast


    Sep 29, 2008
    Hello, that does sound like a lot but not necessarily too many. Do you have lots of icons in the tray (next to the clock)? There are multiple ways of turning off startup services depending on what the service is. In Control Panel goto Administrative Tools, open the shortcut listed called "Services" and you will be presented with a list of what's installed. If you click Action in the menu bar (ALT+A), you'll see an option to export list.
  4. techychick


    Dec 31, 2007
    A great program to have is Whats Running, will help you sort out what is necessary or not
  5. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Many computer users are guilty of having too many "System Configuration Utility" entries and "Services" entries automatically running in the background, so you're not alone. The XP SP3 desktop that I'm on right now has 27 processes running in the Windows Task Manager.

    If you can post a HijackThis log here, I'll take a look at it and then assist you in trimming down the startup load.

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