Easy one about processor usage

Posted on 2001-07-29
Last Modified: 2010-04-27
Sometime my processor is in use (at odd times) and I wonder what it is doing.  I need to know if any software is available so that I can look and see what program my computer is servicing at any instant.  I have some software like this for the internet.  I can look and see which one is recieving data. I really want to know sometimes what my computer is so busy doing. (that I didnt tell it to do.)

Secondly I need to force it to load before all the other programs.  How can I accomplish this?

-Thank You

Question by:badman

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>>I need to know if any software is available so that I can look and see what program my computer is servicing at any instant

IMHO, instead of getting a third party software here, you can press Ctrl + Atl + Del and see the list of program that is running. Even tohugh it doesnt really shows the exact amount of resources taken, but proven fast to identify what app is running.

>>Secondly I need to force it to load before all the other programs.  How can I accomplish this

From you msconfig, place your desire application during startup.

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It is impossible to tell what operating system you are using from the information given.  

With Linux, use the command 'top' so see the programs and threads currently running with their associated CPU and memory usage.  

With Windows 2000, press control-alt-delete and select 'task manager'.  The 'processes' tab will show the programs and threads currently running with their associated CPU and memory usage.
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There's a win 9x version of top around. I think there might be a version in the kernel toys or GUI toys collection, not sure though, there's probably several versions around, I'll go take a look.

Hmmm, why would you need to force it to load before everything else?  Will work whenever you run it. MSconfig is available in win 98 upward only, so if you've got win 95 you'll have to edit the startup folder and system.ini etc.
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First...I need it to load before all the other programs so that in the case that some of the other programs are doing crazy things, that I can figure out which one it is.
It does me no good if it is the last program loaded if I want to look and see what the system is doing on startup.

Secondly Im running windows 98

Finally Ctrl alt delete give me a list of running processes.
If I have 10 processes I am still at a loss for WHICH ONE is the culprit.  So that is not satisfactory.

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Ah, maybe a program called Startup Cop might be useful to you then, allows you to control and examine what the heck is all loaded at boot. Find it here....,10615,77594,00.html


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Oh, it won't do quite the same as "top" for finding out what is doing  stuff while your PC is running but is a useful executive to sort things out once you know what you want to disable.

Here's wintop....
gives you the info you want and allows a temporary kill of any processes (until next boot or initialisation) use startup cop or msconfig to deal with them once top has shown you the problem and you've tested the effect of killing them etc.


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Heh, sorry for all the posts, just keep thinking of a bit more.

Task manager shows you the running applications, not all the running processes, an application may launch several processes, Top will show you them all.
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by:Don Thomson
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Try Winsystem  - It allows you to see all the programs running and what % of the CPU they are using - It's Shareware - Should be easy to find on the net

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You didnt answer the second part of the question but that was much less important. -Thanks

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