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Windows 7: How do I find out the programms that are running in the background.


02 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 professional
 
 
How do I find out the programms that are running in the background.

Please, as I cant shut down my computer, without forcing whatever programme is running in the background to close. And I know ive not got anything open.

Thanks in advance.

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02 May 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Have you tried Task Manager, Process tab?
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02 May 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Establish a Clean Boot so no programs are running unless you start them: Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
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02 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 professional
 
 

Thanks Ztruker, wow ive got 87 running. But it means not much to me. My problem is finding which one is not shutting down properly, when i shut the computer.
Thanks Gregrocker thats a bit too technical i think.
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03 May 2012   #5

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chezz View Post
T My problem is finding which one is not shutting down properly, when i shut the computer.
Trial and error.

Shut down the first half of the processes and see if the problem disappears.

If it does not disappear, you know the problem process is in the other half.

Then shut down half of that other half.

Etc, until you pinpoint it.
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03 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 professional
 
 

Hey thanks, so shutting down some processes wont harm my computer??
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03 May 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Chezz,
Let's try another, not so drastic approach.
WIN | type MSCONFIG | APPLICATIONS tab |
this will show you what applications are running.

Trying to work your way thru all of the processes, many of which are vital to your system is too much.

WIN=key with the microsoft flag on top.
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03 May 2012   #8

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chezz View Post
Hey thanks, so shutting down some processes wont harm my computer??
It might cause a lockup or certain apps to quit running and force you to reboot, but it's not going to damage your hardware.

You can probably fish it out in other ways, but that's one way.
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03 May 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

What is too technical about Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7?

These steps are written for consumers and not at all technical in nature.

The steps to establish a Clean Boot are simple to follow.

You can ask back questions if you have them.
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