Unnessecary programs running...

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BumontheRun

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I have windows xp home. Under my username when i press ctrl+alt+delete and under processes there are a lot of things running. Most are "SYSTEM" under username.

One program is svchost.exe and there is about 5 of these. I can not end some of them because it says they're system files and are needed to run or something.

Also under a different username (not mine) they don't have all these. I want to know how to get rid of these so they don't take up all my RAM.

I tried creating a new username but still has the programs.

If you want a list of all the processes just ask.
 
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Hi BumontheRun,
Go to start, run, type in msconfig
Then ok
Click on startup tab
See what is checked and post. Check the path for the svchost programs running and post
 

BumontheRun

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I've done that. None of the system files are checked for startup. Do you want a list of them?
 

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It's normal to have between 25 and 40 processes running in a typical W2K/XP system. I just checked this system, running W2K, and I have 46 processes running, including four svchost.exe instances. This is normal operation. I wouldn't be too concerned as long as when the system is idle that the idle task is hitting the high 90's in CPU usage.
 
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Ok BumontheRun,
Check and see what services are running , then go here to see which ones you can set to manual. I have windows 2000 here at home and have just 13 services running on auto.
You can also go here to see what tasks are running and what they are.
 
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