A conversation with DosProbie the other day reminded me that this should be discussed...
Ever look at your list of running processes in Task Manager, and wonder how many don't need to be running in order for you to get just as much out of your computer as you do now, but have it be snappier and with more ready resources for you to use?
Read on only if doing tedious, repetitive things, then seeing one less process running will make your day.
I try to keep my system as lean as I can and after the August Update I again took stock of what I have running on my workstation. This involved taking a screen grab of Task Manager and categorizing all the processes running. Here's my current list. Note that this isn't a small system, and I run some fairly heavy stuff (marked in blue) on purpose. But it's actually quite fast and useful.
If you DO discover a process running that you don't know you need, here's what you can do:
1. Research it online. You'll have to learn to pick out the real information vs. the sites that just say a bunch of generic BS and report how many other people reported a process as good or bad. It's all out there.
2. If you're sure you don't need the process, figure out how to not have it run, which could involve just removing it from a Run registry key (the freeware tool Autoruns is good for this), or maybe if it's a service setting it to Manual or Disabled in the Services.msc snapin.
3. If you're not sure whether it's needed, try disabling it and only it (one thing at a time!), reboot, and see if all the features involved with it that you actually use still work. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised. Do more research if you're really not sure.
Good candidates for disabling:
- Auto updaters (though you should have a replacement strategy)
- Things that hang around and watch for media insertion
- Tools in the System Tray you rarely or never use
- Components of big applications that provide features (e.g. cloud services) you don't use
- The list goes on.
See any processes you have running that I don't? Feel free to discuss them here. See any you don't think I need to be running? Let's discuss them!
Edited by NoelC, 16 August 2014 - 03:57 PM.