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programs in background

by gram17847 / February 13, 2006 12:13 AM PST

Windows XP
Compaq 5200
2.7 GHZ
512 MB
Would like to know how to find out what is running in the background when I'm on. I have a problem with the computer freezing up when I try to do two things at once. Never had the problem until 2 weeks ago. Have done all the disk scan,defagment,checked all my adware & viris programs. please help? Thank you

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To see what
by Darton Fury / February 13, 2006 3:19 AM PST
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is consuming cpu, open Windows task manager -easiest way, press ctrl,alt,delete. On the processes tab you can see what is running and how much CPU it is using. On the performance tab you can check page file usage.

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Yes
by strickjh2005 / February 13, 2006 3:27 AM PST
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But since you have never done this before you don't know what processes are bad. And since every setup requires differing drivers the only way to be sure is to Google every process to make sure it is something you need.

Once you find processes you no longer need running do not end them, go to start>run> type in msconfig

Go to services and start up and uncheck the processes that are not needed. Remember to google all cases before removing them. You can easily undo any mistakes by booting into safe mode and re enabling any check boxes.

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by gram17847 / February 13, 2006 9:06 AM PST
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What do you mean when you say Google?

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(NT) (NT) WWW.GOOGLE.COM
by cdc542 / February 13, 2006 1:08 PM PST
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by gram17847 / February 14, 2006 12:54 AM PST
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What do you mean when you say, google all cases before removing them?

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Googling...
by John.Wilkinson / February 14, 2006 4:03 AM PST
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Googling has become a commonly used verb meaning to search for something using Google.com, the wildly popular and successful online search engine. You just go to google.com, enter the process, and see what the results indicate it is.

I only use that as a last resort, however. I'd suggest clicking here for a nice database of processes...just enter the process name into the search box and see what it belong to, and whether or not it is needed. You can also read about the most common items, default in Windows XP, by clicking here.

Using either of those two methods will tell you what those processes are, and provide advice as to whether or not you can disbale them, as instructed by strickjh2005.

Hope this helps,
John

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by gram17847 / February 14, 2006 10:44 AM PST
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Thank you for your answer. I have learned a lot today. Will try what I learned from the database prossess site. Thanks again. Gram17847

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Very detailed DefN
by strickjh2005 / February 16, 2006 4:51 AM PST
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Thank you for your help.

-John

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by gram17847 / February 13, 2006 9:03 AM PST
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Mostly it is between 0 percent and 10 percent

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