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What do you mean with "safely"?

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Or, formulated otherwise, what's (in your definition) the difference between safe and unsafe ending of a process?

And can you tell if you're talking about any particular process?


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I dont know,but someone told ,be careful while ending a proc

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I dont know,but someone told ,be careful while ending a process.
For Example :

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What happens when you terminate processes.....

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You're right in that some processes are essential for the Windows OS, (Operating System), to continue working properly, and if you terminate the wrong process the system could stop, dead.

But the Task Manager option of ending processes can also be very useful, especially if you have an application running that won't close down properly. For example, occasionally my Firefox browser doesn't close down properly when I shut it down. The next time I try to open FF I get a message saying that Firefox is already running, and please ensure it is closed down. Checking the Task Manager, either Processes tab or Applications tab, if I see Firefox.exe still listed but no browser window open, then I know it did not close down properly. Then it is OK for me to highlight the Firefox.exe entry and click the End Process button.

So, the Task Manager is useful. But it needs handling with care. Sure you can end the realshed.exe process if you wish and the computer system will not blow up or otherwise expire, but perhaps you can tell us why you want to do this. It might help us give you better advice.


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Okay. So what are some unessential tasks? YOu know the ones that are just taking up space?


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Ending processes in Task Manager

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Some older versions of applications (e.g., MS Outlook for one) may be launched multiple times yet only one of the instances is visiblw and accessible; the rest are running in hidden windows and can be shut down "safely" using Task Manager. Also, if MS Word is used as the email editor, it also runs concurrently. Task Manager can close all running instances of each. Afterward, you may need to run Outlook's Detect & Repair (from the Help menu; original CD required). No need to reboot, however. The warning on other posts about being careful when selecting processes to terminate should be heeded.

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Research those items listed. . .

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The Scheduled Task Wizard is mostly but not entirely self-explanatory. Here are a few items however which might not be apparent at first glance:

a. Schedule any application, script, batch program, shortcut, or linked document -- anything which can be executed on a command line and include command-line arguments, but may require a visit to the task's properties dialog box after creating the task to be performed -- IOW, requires user intervention.

b. If a task is scheduled to run when my computer starts, that task will run as a noninteractive process and will continue to run, regardless of who is logged on, until the system is shutdown or it is terminated by the administrator.

c. If a task is scheduled to run when I log on for instance, the task actually runs interactively (provided it is designed to run that way) when anyone logs on. If someone else logs on, the task runs as a noninteractive process.

Note: If a task for your own use is expected to run interactively but someone else logs on before you, that task will run noninteractively. Windows XP leaves the task running when the other user logs off (because you own it) and does not start a second, interactive instance when you log on. Open Scheduled Tasks right-click the task and choose End Task Then right-click it again and choose Run.

Warning: Logon tasks do not run when using Fast User Switching to switch to another person's profile - even if the new user has not already logged on. Logon task that are not already running run only when someone logs on while all users are logged off.

d. The "AnswersThatWork" site states that through our support service we often come across problems caused primarily by programs running in the background, programs which in most cases start at the same time as Windows. Sometimes these programs are useful and need to be there; quite often, however, they are not needed, and in too many cases they cause severe problems. The pages below are from our in-house database and provide guidance on the usefulness or not of these programs, and removal procedures when recommended. In Windows 95/98/ME you can bring up the Task List by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del. In Windows NT4/2000/XP you bring up the Task List by right-clicking on the Task Bar and choosing "Task Manager"

Note: Use the alphanumeric buttons displayed at this site to determine the name, manufacturer or program name, and receive general tips.

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Thank you!

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Really cleared things up for me. Happy

Thank you,

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