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Posted on 2002-06-15
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I have 37 items in my "processes".  Are all these items necessary?  What's their purpose in life?  Are they robbing resources?  Should I leave alone or fix?

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You should most certainly leave them alone unless you know exactly what you are doing.  Most, if not all, of these are Windows 2000 system processes.  And even if not, killing processes here is not the right thing to do.

The thing to do is to stop unneeded processes from starting at all.  The places to look are:

1) Start Menu>Programs>Start Up
2) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
3) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\<same as above>

Figure out what these are and eliminate unnecessary tasks.

BTW, is there a SPECIFIC issue you are having?
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by:Stardotstar
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No specific issue, just seemed excessive.
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by:jhance
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It doesn't seem excessive.  This is Windows 2000, there is a LOT of stuff in there.
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My W2K machine has 48 processes in the TM.  If anything, your situation seems light.
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Thanks, I just went into the registry in the areas that you stated and the startup and not much there.
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