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Requesting assistance with cleaning up active system processes in XP

by Roosh / May 7, 2004 2:50 AM PDT

Hi -
I'm not sure that I absolutely need or even use some of the processes/services that startup with my computer & subsequently remain active on the pc. I'll list some of the ones I'm less familar with, and am hoping for some more experienced advice on what these actually do & whether I can stand to disable them & gain some needed extra memory...

Processes: CPU Usage: Commit Charge: 158M/921M

csrss.exe SYSTEM 00 3,200 K
Isass.exe SYSTEM 00 5,772 K
services.exe SYSTEM 00 2,984 K
Smc.exe SYSTEM 00 9,884 K
smss.exe SYSTEM 00 2,9464 K
svchost.exe SYSTEM 00 3,216 KK
svchost.exe SYSTEM 00 15,760 K
svchost.exe NETWORK SERVICE 00 1,972 K
svchost.exe LOCAL SERVICE 00 3,128 KK
System SYSTEM 03 216 K
System Idle Process SYSTEM 86 20 K
winlogon.exe SYSTEM 00 1,212 K

TIA.

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Re:Requesting assistance with cleaning up active system processes in XP
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2004 3:09 AM PDT

You may need time to digust that the XP OS is based on Windows 2000 which draws from NT. In no uncertain words, the items you listes are parts of the OS system and it won't work without such. The only item I don't instantly recognise is "Smc.exe" and it's odd to see services.exe.

You should research each item with both Googgle and Black Viper, but I see nothing to touch here.

In closing, you should have the OS fully patched and clean according to Spybot, Adaware, Cwshredder and Housecall.

Bob

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Ok, here are a few things you need to know.

1.) The System Idle Process is required. It is used when the CPU is idle, and only consumes 20Kb of memory (not much at all). There is nothing you can do to disable it.

2.) Most of the processes you listed in your post are the same way. For example, services.exe is the program that coordinates all system services, and I doubt if it can be disabled, even in safe mode. Here's a trick to try out some of these apps. If you cannot end the process (it's a critical one, or ending the process crashes your system) then you shouldn't attempt to disable it in any way and must live with it.

3.) http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm is a good resource for determining which services are safe to disable.

Hope this helps,
Dan

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Re:Requesting assistance with cleaning up active system processes in XP

If you read this board for very long, you will find a lot of problems occur because people fiddle with their computers until they break or stop working. If you are having performance problems, it is easy and cheap to simply add an adequate amount of memory.

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