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how many processes is too many


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#1 foulpole

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:04 PM

When I go and look up the processes by hitting cntrl+alt+del. It say that I have 54 processes. Is that too many and if so which ones can I get rid of.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:05 PM

I do not know how many is too many, but that sounds like a lot to me. When I boot up my system, I only have 22 processes running

As to which ones you can get rid of, it is hard to say without knowing what ones are running, but any windows programs leave running, and any programs you installed other than av\fw, realtime security programs, mouse and keyboard are usually safe to keep from starting on bootup

Edited by Stang777, 31 March 2009 - 09:08 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2009 - 10:23 PM

Currently, I have 27 processes. It depends on what type of user you are to determine how many is too many. I'm probably an intermediate user.
The number of processes can be cut down by limiting the number of programs that run on startup. Try looking into software that does this. I usually use Spybot S&D to control what runs on startup. Also, use http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/ to determine what's necessary.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 10:31 PM

It is totally dependent on your use and what you run.
I have several VISTA systems and have a lot of chosen programs running.

I range from 45 on the low side to 65 on my larger system.
I do check such to be sure there are no bogus.
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 11:00 PM

Koan, how many do you typically have running on an XP system at startup?

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 11:06 PM

I no longer have an XP system, but as I remember it was 42 on start up. Up to 54 when operating?
That was three years ago? They were the resident systems.
Now I have a number of specials.
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 11:26 PM

Thanks Koan, I was just curious how many an expert had running :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 11:40 PM

Thanks for the comment, but I am not an expert.
I was just relating what my experience was.

I have a large main PC running VISTA that is never on line with the WWW.
It has other work to do. I bought and paid for its VISTA OS, it did have XP Home before.

I run and play with four little (?) Toshiba laptops otherwise. (all VISTA)

Edited by KoanYorel, 31 March 2009 - 11:42 PM.

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