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Too Many Svchost.exe Processes

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#1 Schila


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Posted 02 December 2005 - 09:24 PM

My Pc is running kind of low.
I have checked the task manager and noticed that there are a few svchost.exe processes running. There are three under the System (one is taking 23,940 K), another under the Local Service and there's one under the Network service.
I have also noticed that there's a process, iexplore.exe that's under my name and is using 31,500 K and there's another , explore.exe also under my name as a user which is using 31,892 K. Is this normal?
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#2 Joshuacat


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Posted 02 December 2005 - 09:39 PM

I am running 7 instances right now. Nothing to worry about.

Please see the following links for more info:

A description of Svchost.exe in Windows XP

Description of Svchost.exe in Windows XP

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Posted 03 December 2005 - 05:52 AM

Morning Joshuacat,

I didn't post the question but I just wanted to tell you I appreciate the links.

Both are very informative. :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 05:45 PM

Yes, nice links! :thumbsup:

I've also got 7 svchost.exe running - not unusual at all. If you're running XPPro - go to a command prompt and type in tasklist /svc and press Enter. It'll list what's running under each svchost.exe process.

In XPHome - you'll have to use a freeware utility called Process Explorer by these folks: http://www.sysinternals.com It'll let you see what's running there!

FYI - iexplore.exe is the process that Internet Explorer uses. Mine is using 2,832 K and is just sitting on http://www.google.com. I recall seeing as high as 16,000 K when I used it regularly. Generally, for each Internet Explorer window that's open, there should be a process for it. The size in K depends on what stuff is in the page that you're viewing.

explorer.exe is using 18,684 K on my system. It's the process that runs Windows - and it runs Windows Explorer (and all the stuff that looks like it in other applications (like search, save as, etc). Generally there is only one shown, even if you open multiple things that use it (there is an option to use more than one - but I've never liked it). Should you ever get an instance of Windows Explorer that locks up on you - if you terminate the process - your Desktop will vanish also! :flowers: It's OK tho' - as long as your system is running right, it'll reload itself and all will be well.
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