There's several places to check:
1) Right click on an empty part of your taskbar and select "Task Manager". Then click on the processes tab - you'll see lot's of stuff that's running on your system.
2) But that's not all! You'll also see several instances of "svchost.exe" - each one of those is a host for other services that are running underneath it. You can find these services by opening a command prompt (Start...Run...type in "cmd.exe" (without the quotes) and press Enter). Then type in "tasklist /svc" (without the quotes) and press Enter - you'll be presented with a list of the services that you saw previously on the left, and a list of the services running under them on the right.
3) You can go to Start...Run...and type in "services.msc" (without the quotes) and press enter. Scroll down this list and view the one's that are marked "Started" - that's what's running in the services.
4) Finally you can go to Start...Run...and type in "msconfig.exe" (without the quotes) and press Enter. You'll get several tabs full of info about the system - the most important here will be the startup tab. That's the programs that are scheduled to run when the computer starts.
And, that's the easy part!
The hard part is figgerin' out which one's you can stop and which one's you need to keep running. Post a list and we'll try and help out!
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