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Brand New Xp Laptop

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#1 altishima


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Posted 02 September 2006 - 01:13 AM

I just purchased a new Dell pc (centrino) with XP but it came with lots of programs I don't and will never use.

Also, I've noticed that I have over 60 processes running at any given time. I only use a few basic programs on the pc and I'd just like to know which programs and processes I can get rid of or shut down so that I'm not seeing more than 50% CPU usage and 55+ processes.

Also, I'd be glad to show a list of what files are running, but I dont know how to get an image of it.

Thanks in advance for all the help.

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 01:55 AM

Non-windows bloatware - that's what id safe to remove if done properly.

Leave all Windows connected aps alone unless you are expert at what you are doing.

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:30 AM

Dunno how Dell is - but a recent "accident" caused me to restore my Toshiba laptop to factory settings. And, luckily, Toshiba had an option to not install all their stuff on top of Windows. I still had to clean out the "crapware" - but didn't have to worry about the Toshiba utilities interfering with the Windows tools.
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Posted 03 September 2006 - 04:00 AM

You can begin by reviewing the list of programs in the Control Panel's Add or Remove programs application, and delete the obvious. An easy way to get a print-out of installed software applications is to use Belarc Advisor (it is free) and copy and paste the installed program information to either a word-processing document, or to a post here at BC if you want advice:


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Posted 03 September 2006 - 05:56 AM

The stock list of processes usually used is at:

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 06:26 AM

If you are looking to delete unused programs, simply go to:

Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs

If you wish to remove shortcuts from your desktop, simply right click on the shortcut and choose Delete.

If you want to stop a program from Autostarting eveytime you start up your computer, go to:

Start > Run

type "msconfig" (without the quotes) Click OK

Click on the Startup tab. Here you will find a list of programs that start when you boot your computer. Uncheck any you don't want to start when you boot up. (You still will be able to start programs through their shortcuts or by going to Start > All Programs. Unchecked programs just won't start automatically at bootup and won't be running in the background.)

You can Google entries or use the Bleeping Computer Startup Database HERE to research the various startup entries, as sometimes they can be a bit cryptic.

Your processor may jump to 50% usage when it is busy doing a task, this is normal. Once your programs are up and running the computer is 'quiet', your processor should be at a low number, perhaps between 1 and 10%. This is normal. If it is stuck at a high number, then you have a problem, perhaps with a corrupt program that is running.

In fact, it is not uncommon to see a processor go to 100% once in a while, it is just not normal for it to stay there.

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