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#1 lechols

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:21 PM

Hi,

Is there somewhere I can go to find out what is running on my computer. I did a diagnostic scan and 45% of my available memory is being used but I don't have anything open so I'm curious. I'm running winXP and I have 2G RAM

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 04:00 PM

Are you having some type of problem with your system?

Is there some reason that you concern yourself with memory usage and running tasks/programs?

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:20 PM

Try process explorer

http://download.sysinternals.com/files/ProcessExplorer.zip

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 02:40 PM

I'm just curious. And I know that there is a way to see what programs are running on my machine I just don't know how to do it.

Narenxp - I can't seem to get the link you gave to my other computer

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 02:44 PM

Task Manager

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 08:09 AM

You can use Process Explorer as suggested or msconfig - startup, CCleaner or Task Manager to see what is running.

When my WinXP Pro 4GB starts up I've cut mine down to 35 processes as I've remove all the crap. My Vista laptop 2GB has 55 processes running and thats cut down as well.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 11:19 AM

FWIW: There is no magic number...for determining what processes should be running on a system in the background...it's all a matter of individual knowledge/taste.

The number will vary, depending on what programs/browser add-ons are installed, since many of the programs which feature any sort of scanning "service" will run constantly. This includes useless apps such as registry cleaners, in addition to necessary apps such as your AV program, other malware-defense programs, programs for which you have sanctioned update checks with the parent website...and so on.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 01:31 PM

You can use Process Explorer as suggested or msconfig - startup, CCleaner or Task Manager to see what is running.

When my WinXP Pro 4GB starts up I've cut mine down to 35 processes as I've remove all the crap. My Vista laptop 2GB has 55 processes running and thats cut down as well.


Neither msconfig nor ccleaner tell you what is running. You need task manager or a similar app.




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