......a window which allows you to reach the "Task Manager" and from there, you can click on the "Processes" tab. YES, the "processes" listed there include the programs/processes that are running in the background. Although "msconfig/Start Up tab" will allow you to shut down many of the items shown in your lower right corner "system tray" (and from the "Processes" window in Task Manager), many of the items load as "Services" and they aren't shown in the "Start Up" tab. There is a "Services" tab in "msconfig" which will allow you to UNCHECK services but I like to disable services in the Control Panel/Administrative Tools icon/Services icon.
There are a number of sites on the web which will offer info about which services are safe to disable. Here is just one such link:
Services Guide For Windows XP
Hope this helps.
I know I can type I think msconfig at the run menu to tell me what programs are running all the time. However, last night when I had to do the control/alt/delete option I saw a few tabs and clicked on one I think was "running processes" is this also a list of all programs that are running all the time? I have gotten rid of a lot on the taskbar but I know there are several others not showing up I need to stop too. Thanks.