Posted 03 April 2005 - 09:25 PM
It all depends on what you mean by "run your computer." If you have ever used "safe mode" you realise that there are only a few processes that are really needed to "make it go."
However, there are also many more that are needed to make the computer more or less functional; for example, your resident antivirus, or your browser.
There are also many that are optional, and really depend on how you use your computer. Users, for example, that spend a lot of time using Office applications may wish to have them running in the background for faster launch.
If you multitask or have a lot of applications open, the number of processes will increase.
BC has a large and comprehensive data base of start up programs that are categorised by needed, useless, optional, and harmful. This would be a good place to begin when deciding what processes or programs you want running.
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