background tasks on XP

  Antz 00:48 17 Feb 2003
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Using ctr+alt+del to stop any programs you don't need in the background is a useful tool.However,in XP I cannot decipher what all these programs are as the short description code could mean anything. I can have anything up to 28 tasks running in the background even though I keep my p.c in good order. Besides, on a number of occasions I have had to restart because of closing an essential task. Does anyone know how to decide the essential from non-essential tasks. Incidentally, I have run 'msconfig' and configured my 'Start-up'

  AndySD 00:57 17 Feb 2003
  MAJ 00:58 17 Feb 2003

A couple of sites for you to read, Antz. click here and click here

  temp003 04:22 18 Feb 2003

click here for brief descriptions of the actual .exe files. Some of these exe files are started as services. Some are not.

If you run XP, has an internet connection, a printer, runs AV and a firewall, a special mouse or keyboard, 28 processes are not really that many.

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